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Questions tagged [usa]

Location-specific questions about freelance business in United States

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Landscaping gig

I moved to Florida, USA a year ago and bought a new house. I have a couple of palm trees, as do all of the houses in the neighborhood, which are mostly filled with people who also moved to Florida ...
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How can I gauge market demand for my skills before going freelance?

I am a Mechanical Engineer, currently employed full-time for a large multinational. I am considering the option of leaving my full-time job to do similar work freelance, for various reasons: mostly ...
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Is there a time limit for assigning cost of training as a business expense?

I am a certified martial arts instructor, and I have been working towards opening a sideline business doing self defense seminars targeted at a mainly female population, currently based in the United ...
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Does remote working for a US Company qualify you for a SSN?

I worked for a few months as a contractor (from India) for a US company. I was located in India the entire time. While applying for a regular job in India, the Indian company is asking for my US ...
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Freelancing for US clients as a US citizen with a foreign company

I am a US citizen, but a permanent New Zealand resident. I own my own company here (it's just me in the company), as it allowed me to not pay the self-employment tax America wanted to charge me for ...
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Do I charge VAT for work I do for UK clients (I am US-based)?

I am a US resident and do some contract work for clients in the UK. This work done 100% remotely from the US. The work involves carrying out research and analysis (e.g. in Excel) Technically I am ...
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Can a given USPS address be eligible for CoA?

I have had experience in the past that working for a big company, where after using company's address for some personal mail, I was not able to do a change-of-address with USPS to ensure that I'd get ...
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Freelancing in highschool?

I am currently a high school student and I'm looking to start working. I am not able to drive myself around yet so I have my eyes on freelancing right now. So far I have these certifications: ...
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I am a US citizen living in the US, can I freelance for a UK company?

I was on a student visa in the UK, but now I am going back to the US and am trying to figure out if I am allowed to freelance for the company that I had interned for in the UK while living in the US.
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Having trouble gauging my level of knowledge/expertise?

I just recently graduated college with a Bachelors in Computer Science and I am currently debating on going into freelance work. My problem however is that I don't know if I will be able to complete ...
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How to verify a US based company?

I have been recently hired by a US based company to code on their platform. Living in a different country, how can I verify that the company is legit and how do I find any information regarding the ...
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Can you lose money due to taxes when outsourcing work?

I have a service in which I simply am the middleman for my client so that they don't have to deal with certain technical aspects. So payment goes as such: I get paid for the service > I pay the ...
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Invoicing Dutch clients from my Tennessee LLC

I recently moved to Tennessee from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I'm a web developer with a large client base in the Netherlands. In Holland I was required to add 21% tax (VAT) to my invoices for Dutch ...
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Can I be held responsible for HIPAA violation?

I am currently developing a web-application for a client in the US (I'm from Switzerland). The client's application will handle sensitive data which falls under the "HIPAA Security Rule" (patients ...
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Can I claim payments to me personally as income for my single-member LLC?

I'm a freelancer who offers digital marketing services. I recently established an LLC under a DBA name. From what I understand there is no difference between me and the LLC, and that we are the same ...
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Easiest ways for a US LLC to receive payments from UK clients

I currently have a UK based consulting business but I have just moved to the US. I have retained some of my UK clients so I've been looking for the most tax efficient way to manage clients in the US ...
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Self employed minor's tax?

My son is a beginner voice actor. He is 14, a dependent child. When he starts to make money, when and how does he file taxes? Does he file separately or with us(parents). I have read that minors begin ...
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Working while traveling out of country

I am a Canadian resident and citizen. I am planning to take a 4-6 month trip to the USA. The REASON for my visit is pleasure, but I still intend to work on my existing freelance projects, and other ...
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IRS W-9 for customer who will purchase my products from my re-seller

A U.S. based company, who wants to purchase my software products through my reseller wrote me that a IRS W-9 needs to be filled out. They will buy the product license from my re-seller (who handles ...
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Should I expect a 1099

(Note that this is a US specific question) I am a single person LLC (not C or S corp) and last year I contracted with a staffing firm to perform work for a 3rd party on a 1099 basis (rather than W-2),...
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Can I remote work while in the US as a Mexican student?

I am Mexican, and about to live in the US for 1 year as a student with an F1 visa. I currently work remotely for a US company as a freelancer/contractor which pays me via PayPal. Once I move to the ...
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What are the consequences of letting your LLC become inactive?

This question is specific to Florida, US. An LLC was formed in Aug of 2014. It failed to file an annual report. I just realized this and found that the LLC had become inactive. The state website, ...
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How should I send an invoice to a European country as a freelance developer?

I'm a full time software developer in a US company with H1 visa in Texas, USA. A few weeks ago I developed a small software (for around $6,000) for a European company as a side work (freelance work)....
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Is a 1099 required when one freelancer hires another?

If I'm a freelancer but I need to hire another freelancer to help me on something, do I need to send the other person tax documents (W9) and report 1099 later on?
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Minor wanting to start a web development business [closed]

I am a minor, and I would like to start a business doing freelance web development. I know nothing about freelance work, so naturally I have a ton of questions: What do I need to make my business ...
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Working as a self employed in US for a EU client

A client from EU is asking me, "Will you invoice them including VAT or local equivalent (sales tax)? If so, what will be the rate?" Should I tell them to prepare a IRS form? Do you know if there is ...
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US-based freelancer invoicing in foreign currency, can I have my UK client pay pound sterling into a UK-based current account?

I am a US-based freelancer and need to invoice a UK client in Pound Sterling for freelance work conducted in the US. I used to live in the UK and have a UK-current account where the payment can be ...
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How can I approach US clients with Web Development work?

I'm a WordPress Developer living in the Middle East, I have a strong portfolio and experience. I want to expand my clients base to the US. Because I'm living far from USA, I can't have personal ...
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Contracting in USA through personal company

Is there any provision in the US visa system for foreigners working short contracts for American companies? I'm a web developer working in London, I'm a UK resident but have a French passport. As is ...
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Work 1099 without company

My wife has the possibility to do some regular freelancing work (writing and editing) with a local company which would be paid as a 1099 on an hourly basis. Several years ago when she did something ...
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Can a freelancer without health insurance end up paying tax penalty separately to both IRS and the local state?

This is about USA where health insurance is mandatory for most people (with the exception of some groups) due to the Affordable Care Act and Patient Care and Coverage Act (aka Obamacare). This ...
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Guidelines for calculating between a W-2 and a corp-to-corp rate in USA? [duplicate]

Are there any guidelines on (e.g. a percentage rate) how to calculate between a hourly rate for working under W-2 vs. corp-to-corp/1099? The reason for my question is that I recently applied for an ...
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What kind of liability insurances should IT consultants prepare to have in USA?

I work currently as an IT contractor through a placement agency in Massachusetts, as a sole proprietor. I do not have any sort of liability insurance, or "workers comp" insurance for that matter. I ...
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What is a ballpark daily rate for a senior freelance front-end developer in NY?

I live in London, and prices vary from £300 up to £500+. Can anybody tell me what are the rates in New York? Thanks!
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Do I have to report income for small jobs?

I am super confused about taxes and freelancing. I tried to do some research but just got more confused. First off, I use sites like Elance, oDesk, and working through email. I have a PayPal account. ...
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Determine income tax

As a freelancer, how do I determine how much federal withholding I should pay? I've been paying estimated taxes for 2014, but that did not include income tax so now I'm facing a hefty bill. I would ...
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Freelance Programmer - Tax Write Offs in New York City

I'm a freelance web programmer and I work from home in my apartment. I'm wondering what I'm eligible for as far as write offs? I had generally heard that you need to prove exclusive work-related use ...
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Is it ok to make a new invoice if an old one is lost?

If I lost an old invoice or had mistakenly put wrong information in that invoice (like a missing field or wrong address), is it ok to generate a new one with the same amount, send it to the client and ...
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What are some practices to follow, to get not cheated when freelancing on non-commission based platforms

There are some non-commission based freelancer sites and usually, in case of disputes they don't interfere. They don't hold money from employer like odesk or similar sites. As an employer: How do I ...
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What legal benefits are there to working as a sole proprietor vs. a freelancer?

I do not have employees, but I may hire independent contractors in the future. I am currently working as a freelancer. but I am contemplating becoming a sole proprietor. It's really cheap, so I figure ...
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Web design copyright norm

I’m getting started doing some freelance web design and front end development, and had a question about what is the norm for copyrights in the US. When you create a custom web site for a client, do ...
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Can I invoice a client for programming freelance work without having a business registered in the USA?

I want to build an application for a client, I do not have a business registered. Is ok to send an invoice to a client through PayPal and use my own name in the invoice, not any business name?
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How to determine percentage of time home office used for freelance

I work freelance approximately 40-hours a month as part-time work. When determining my taxes how should I calculate the amount of time I use my home office for working? I do not use the home office ...
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Do I charge sales tax on consulting and programming in Pennsylvania, USA?

I live in Pennsylvania (in the United States), and I am not sure if I should be collecting sales tax for my part-time consulting and web development business. I'm registered as a Sole Proprietorship ...
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How to reduce the cost of healthcare without paying for health insurance? [closed]

So it has come to this...the new US healthcare laws require that all health insurance plans subsidize some things which I find to be immoral (specifically abortifacients, contraception, and ...
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Why are the majority of my US clients so hesitant with contracting outside the US?

I would like to work as freelancer for USA clients, mostly because I am in the EU, and I don't want to wake up at the morning in my timezone. I've applied to several jobs (which allow remote work) in ...
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Out of State Lawsuit for Payment

I'm at the point that I have to sue a client for non-payment. It's large enough that I can't afford to write it off, but small enough for small claims. According to the U.S. law I've researched, you ...
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Disadvantages to incorporation/forming an LLC?

In previous questions there seems to be a general consensus to seek incorporation early and always. Are there any reasons not to? Are there additional burdens that hit LLC's, corporations, and the ...
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What does an LLC's limited liability really protect you against (if you are sole owner and employee)?

I have looked into forming an LLC a few times in the US (right now I am better off not doing so for tax reasons while I am abroad but that is another story). However in my research, I may be ...
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When is it safe to give Tax ID to Remote Employer

When arranging to do work remotely, how can you verify that the client is legitimate and that you can trust them with your personal tax ID (social security number in the US)? In the US, employers are ...