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I'm from Vietnam and a vietnamese citizen. A startup in the US wants to contract me for 50 hours of work. They gave me an IRS form and suggested I fill it out. The form name w-9

So I have 3 questions here.

  1. Do I have to fill out the form?
  2. If I filled the form, does that mean I will have to pay tax?
  3. How much tax would I have to pay? Like 40% of what the start-up pays me?
  • What form? And what's their rationale for asking you to fill it out? You might need to ask them directly. – CodeGnome Jan 3 '17 at 5:43
  • They are not sure about tax and things either, they just know that they are start up and they need to comply with such things, so they do it regardless – angry kiwi Jan 3 '17 at 7:39
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    Sounds like someone should be speaking (or hiring) an accountant familiar with foreign contractors. Being a "start up" is no excuse for doing things haphazardly. – Scott Jan 3 '17 at 8:35
  • For some reason the 'edit' doesn't work for me so I'm commenting. The title does not represent the question properly. The title should be 'how do I' not 'Do I have to'. If the title remains 'Do I have to' then my answer would be 'if you know a place in the world where they don't pay taxes do let me know.' – user6035379 Jan 3 '17 at 13:17
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    There's a difference between 'do i need to pay taxes' and 'do i need to pay taxes in the US if I live in vietnam', the latter is the case here and that is valid question. – user3244085 Jan 3 '17 at 13:18
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Here is the current tax agreement between the USA and Vietnam

Read article 14. It says that you pay tax in Vietnam if you live there, unless you spend a portion of time based in the USA.

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