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Web design copyright norm

There are many variables. In short words, you have to know how to licence your work and this should happen when you write the contract with the client. Of course, there are many aspects of the problem ...
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Can I claim payments to me personally as income for my single-member LLC?

Even as a single member LLC you must keep finances separate. You must have a bank account for the LLC which is not your personal bank account. Then you can pay yourself (or take dividends) from the ...
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Can I be held responsible for HIPAA violation?

I would suggest asking for a contract to be made, or you make one and ask it to be signed. The purpose of a contract is to protect both parties. You can simply state (the contract should be more in ...
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Is Refund Consulting legal?

Refund consulting (e.g. telling people that you can help them to locate lost or unclaimed money or property, in return for a fee or a percentage of the money claimed) is, as far as I'm aware, ...
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Can I anonymously use my public LLC?

If you want to create an air-gap between yourself and the company that you're consulting for (so that people who have access to the company records for your freelancing LLC and your own personal ...
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Is it ok to make a new invoice if an old one is lost?

Reissuing an invoice should be fine as long as it is clear why the invoice has been reissued. This could be done by annotating the new invoice appropriately such as, "Invoice [number] reissued with ...
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Do I have to report income for small jobs?

You are supposed to report all income earned from all sources. Your tax liability will depend on many other factors. I am not a lawyer or an accountant. It will be best to discuss with a tax ...
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What does an LLC's limited liability really protect you against (if you are sole owner and employee)?

I think it's valuable to add to the other answers that you must be able to prove that your LLC is acting as a business entity in order to have the protection specified. Generally speaking you do this ...
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What does an LLC's limited liability really protect you against (if you are sole owner and employee)?

Edward Brey's comment is pretty much spot as far as liability is concerned. Other than (well put, Edward!) illegal activity, the LLC form protects the owners and operators from incurring personal ...
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How can I approach US clients with web development work?

Skype It doesn't matter if you can't have personal meetings with them. Clients love to be able to do Skype meetings if you don't mind using it. You simply need to make it very clear that you're ...
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Is a 1099 required when one freelancer hires another?

IANAL. However according to the IRS you need to file a 1099-MISC if you made any of the following payments File this form for each person to whom you have paid during the year: at least $10 ...
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I am a US citizen living in the US, can I freelance for a UK company?

It is perfectly acceptable to work from the US for a UK company. You will need to invoice the UK company from a US entity (either Inc or self-employed), paying the taxes at a state and federal level ...
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Who Owns the Source Code & IP - Developer or Employer?

In any creative venture, be it artwork, fiction writing, markup writing, coding, music, film.... the "work" is copyrighted and owned by the creator the moment it is created. There are only 9 ...
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EU resident working as a contractor in the US

I'm not a tax professional, which is who I think you really need to speak to. I do believe any form of US business (LLC, S-Corp, Sole Proprietorship, etc.) is going to require you pay US taxes. You ...
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Should I expect a 1099

Whether or not a company issues a 1099 is their choice. If they do not wish to comply with that requirement, that is their business. In 2011 the IRS made filing 1099s more easily tracked. They added a ...
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What legal benefits are there to working as a sole proprietor vs. a freelancer?

First, let's clean up the language: Every individual conducts BUSINESS. As with you. Whether you "own" a business or not, if you work for somebody else, you're in the BUSINESS of transacting ...
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Web design copyright norm

The question of whether you retain copyright or transfer/assign copyright to your client is more of a business question and a question of how you prefer to work. Many clients don't negotiate ...
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Can I invoice a client for programming freelance work without having a business registered in the USA?

Absolutely. The technical term for doing so is called being a "sole proprietor". "Sole proprietorship" refers to how your business is "organized" as per the IRS. A sole proprietor may use their own ...
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Determine income tax

Run, don't walk, to a local certified accountant. You need advice from a professional in this area. Time is running out on your 2014 taxes. The financial penalties can be significant if you have ...
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Invoicing Dutch clients from my Tennessee LLC

I've contacted a TN accounting firm, here's what they said: "You can put 0% tax rate on your invoice if you like, but the main thing is that the invoice should clearly show that it is an out-of-...
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Does remote working for a US Company qualify you for a SSN?

Generally speaking, no you do not need a SSN. You will not be able to even apply for a SSN since you did not mention you have a visa to work physically in the US. The most common request for a SSN ...
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Landscaping gig

More opinion than anything.... Any time you perform services professionally for another and get paid, regardless of how often or large the service may be, it's wise to protect personal assets from ...
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What are some practices to follow, to get not cheated when freelancing on non-commission based platforms

As a UK freelancer working with primarily US clients, I'm often on the opposite side of the arrangement. I personally tend to work with either milestones and/or a 25–50% upfront deposit (depending on ...
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What kind of liability insurances should IT consultants prepare to have in USA?

This is a complicated area and the answers vary from state to state in the US also the contracting firm paying you on the 1099 might have there own idiosyncrasies based on the state where they are ...
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What are the consequences of letting your LLC become inactive?

Will that $400.00 still be charged? No. You probably paid during the very brief grace period. Does the owner lose the liability protection for business conducted during the inactive period? No. ...
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Working as a self employed in US for a EU client

From EU perspective it works like this: If you buy goods for the purposes of your business from a supplier based outside the EU, you must generally pay VAT at the point of import (and may deduct ...
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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?

The important is that you declare your revenues in the country you're operating the business. And as the url below suggests, you might also need to declare this UK bank account to the IRS. So yes, you ...
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