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« on: March 11, 2010, 15:04 »
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Now that Fotolia started to withold taxes we were all forced to fill in some tax form. Non US residents living in a country with a tax treaty with the US do not have to pay the taxes. I filled in a form and Fotolia suggested to process and refund the taxes that were taken from previous commissions.

Guess what? It now turns out that Fotolia is NOT paying me the taxes on sales between january 1st and the date my tax form was approved. I wonder were the money goes... Thank God, I filled in that form early january so it's not a big amount but it's still money!


vonkara

« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 15:20 »
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I don't get every problems people have with Fotolia, because it's been a while I closed my account there. But Fotolia is ahead of every agencies with their bad contributors relationship.

I hope every issues will be resolved, but they seem to not care about anything from what I have seen yet...

« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 15:28 »
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What I really don't understand is why the withhold taxes on all sales and not just US based ones. This is how SS does it.

« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 16:11 »
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What I really don't understand is why the withhold taxes on all sales and not just US based ones. This is how SS does it.

It's only on US sales. Only a fraction of my sales is taxed.

« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2010, 17:29 »
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What I really don't understand is why the withhold taxes on all sales and not just US based ones. This is how SS does it.

It's only on US sales. Only a fraction of my sales is taxed.
You submitted the form right? I didn't and all my sales get taxed. On SS I also didn't submit the forms and only US sales get taxed.

« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010, 18:55 »
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What I really don't understand is why the withhold taxes on all sales and not just US based ones. This is how SS does it.

It's only on US sales. Only a fraction of my sales is taxed.
You submitted the form right? I didn't and all my sales get taxed. On SS I also didn't submit the forms and only US sales get taxed.

Same here, &*%$# Fotolia taxed ALL sales from january 1st till the date the received that stupid form. They suggested a refund but just received another message that they are not going to give back the money. I'm a non US resident so why should I pay tax and what is Fotolia doing with the money? I hope they invest it in their customer services and get some customer friendly training :)

« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010, 20:31 »
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You submitted the form right? I didn't and all my sales get taxed.

Oh, I see.  It doesn't make sense indeed. 

I'm a non US resident so why should I pay tax and what is Fotolia doing with the money?

It's a US law.  I understand it, I only think 30% is absurdly high for this reason (non-resident not benefitting from any US-government policy).

OM

« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2010, 09:29 »
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I'm a non US resident so why should I pay tax and what is Fotolia doing with the money?

It's a US law.  I understand it, I only think 30% is absurdly high for this reason (non-resident not benefitting from any US-government policy).
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It is absurd to subject non-US residents to a 30% tax rate especially as they are unable to claim it back or benefit from any US government policy regarding rebates/exemptions for eg low wage earners. Due to my low-income status, I don't actually pay anything on my FT income simply because the entirety of my income (incl. FT sales) after deduction of allowances places me in the 0% tax category.

But all tax authorities in the Western world are now looking for methods to boost their tax withholdings which are very significantly down in the past 2 years and I guess that this is a way to get more in.........No taxation without representation no longer applies, it would seem.

« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2010, 12:22 »
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It is absurd to subject non-US residents to a 30% tax rate especially as they are unable to claim it back .

The most absurd thing is that they processed that taxform on january 17th and refuse to refund tax over the sales between january 1st and january 16th. It's not a huge amount but maybe others are earning serious $$ and are in the same situation. All sales were taxed, so I guess I only sell images to the US? Weird....


 

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