I am a new UK based instructor. I am just in the process of uploading my first course. I have opted to be paid via Payoneer which is all fine but I have been asked by Payoneer, on behalf of Udemy to complete the relevant form W to confirm my taxation status in relation to the US IRS.
If you are an established UK-based instructor and you have gone through this process, can you tell me which of the W forms I should be completing and where I find the relevant information about the tax treaty between the UK and US and the percentage of earnings on which I do not have to pay tax in the US? The information provided suggests that if I do not do this, I may not get paid by Udemy (always assuming someone wants to buy my course).
Any suggestions would be gratefully received but I realise you will not be a tax consultant and so I will not be able to rely on your information - I won't come looking for you if you get it wrong!
@ideostone I am trying to decide between Payoneer and PayPal so can't help with your question. Sorry. But I do need to hear your answer because this aspect of payment is a sticky point. Confusing. Did you choose Payoneer over PayPal for a reason? Do they both ask for the w form? Apologies for answering your question with more questions but any advice you can give me would be great. You are further down the line than me.
I am afraid I did not get as far with paypal as finding out if it also required the form but as the form has been requested by Udemy, I suspect it will be necessary too.
I chose Payoneer over paypal as it seemed like a simpler process for getting signed up. I already had a paypal account but could not seem to link it with Udemy so ended up cancelling my paypal account completely. Payoneer seemed reasonably straight forward but did have a number of additional questions about bank accounts. When I answered the questions, however, it was a quick process to get signed up.
I hope this is helpful.
i am also looking for this info. subscriving to thread.
From a UK-based perspective, i am wondering if i should even run this out of a Ltd company, so not to affect my current PAYE income and tax obligations.
(of course, if i do 1 course that doesnt really take off this seems pointless, and expensive. but, potentially easier to offload the lot to a proper accoutant).
I'm trying to figure out the same question. Is it better to run Udemy as a business or continue as sole trader / manage your own personal tax via UK tax return. I am not much further in figuring it out but I have found out the following.
Generally, if you are outside of the US are charged withholding tax of around 30%, BUT if there is a tax treaty between the US and the other country it can be reduced. In the UK there is and therefore this is reduced to 15% on dividends by US companies, 5% for dividends qualifying for direct dividend, 0% on interest & 0% on royalties. See more info here: http://taxsummaries.pwc.com/ID/United-States-Corporate-Withholding-taxes
So would money from Udemy be royalties?!
UK company to US Company it looks like you can just say to Udemy (in the sign up) that you are a UK company and therefore you will get 0% withholding tax BUT I think then you are open up to having to pay tax to the US-based on the state it was purchased (different states have different tax amounts) which gets horribly complicated.
So far it looks like I'm going to say sole trader/individual but need to do some more digging.
Caution: I'm no way a financial expert and this is just from what I've figured out by googling and running my own company. Do not except any responsibility etc etc...