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Why You NEED a US Citizen on your Team

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by ExceedingExcellence, May 10, 2013.

  1. ExceedingExcellence

    ExceedingExcellence BANNED BANNED

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    Its more than just SE O, mastery of the English language ... but it's starting to get financial! The demand for native writers is climbing as the surge for quality content is revving up. Companies are requiring Identification verification, EIN information and more once you reach the $500 mark leaving many " freelancers" reeling to setup new accounts to avoid having your account disabled, income blocked and chances of earning more at a stand still.

    As a native of South Carolina, I'm loving the opportunities that are opening up ( I have clients paying $20 - 50 per 400 words and a few mills that are paying out more with the climb of country exclusivity). To those scrambling to " have a US citizen verify my paypal account" or other activities that will leave the recipient in the hot seat with the IRS because all mail, or info associated with their ssn leads back to them tax time next year... consider this:


    If you haven't seen it now you will soon, many of the content companies are requiring a SSN or EIN upon registry and will not allow you to collect after a certain amount because they have to report to the IRS all income because the " freelancer" is responsible for their own taxes. Instead of trying to purchase a " partnership" where you will " pay as soon as the money comes in and you split the money that comes in" consider the freelancer can start their own business and keep 100 percent of the income. If you know someone who works for a content company you can't register for, try presenting them with your portfolio, suggested rate and contracted outlines of that partnership.

    If I have an article that pays $30 for 500 words, I contract you to write the article for $10, I'm goin to consider the time it's going to take me to edit your content to meet the quality standards I hold myself accountable to, and have a clear outline to pay you via Moneybooks, payza, western union , etc.

    I don't mind outsourcing but some of you have it wrong. Textbroker, content authority, etc, these companies are starting to shut down their opportunities to those whom can't provide proof of residency. I know there are illegal ways to get around it, perhaps the best offense is to just contact a U.S. citizen and work out your own terms & conditions.
     
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  2. zebrahat

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    The other way around this is to just deal more with freelance buyers directly by PM and email, instead of third party sites who may hold funds from you on a dime. You are NOT legally obligated to give these sites your actual info (although it may violate their TOS), and withholding the data helps to control the risk exposure of your IM business.

    PLAN to make numerous stealth accounts, and keep your earnings lower than the amount ($600) that make the sites feel compelled to issue 1099s. Wherever possible, choose sites or programs that pay by check, and that accept non US addresses to send the payment to. This will permit you to list that address upon registry, which will omit you from having to submit a SSN/TIN/EIN on the application.
     
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  3. ExceedingExcellence

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    This is the primary reason they have resorted to blocking payments and requiring the info . So many "stealth" accounts are being made, many of these sites are getting to the point of requiring the info upfront. Instead of giving them more reasons to block accounts until you sign up with a SSN, why not save the time and aggravation and make the arrangements with someone who wont run into what alot of you are about to run into which is a complete shutdown until you provide the right info.
     
  4. slybear

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    I thought anyone could pay a non-US resident as long as they held back a portion (30%?) for the IRS. Is that not true or am I missing something else about what the OP is saying?

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    Tommy