FOK!forum / Werk, Geldzaken & Recht / IT freelancer taxes question
KlaasNeddonderdag 14 april 2016 @ 13:46
Hello! I desperately need a good piece of advice on an urgent matter.

I am a freelance IT specialist, doing some projects for Envato on a regular basis (envato.com).

My friend from Netherland tax office shared with me this letter. And now I’m a bit confused. I thought all taxes were Envato’s responsibility!

Does this mean I have to pay taxes in EU for all the projects I’ve done for Envato since 2014?

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The letter clearly and directly confirms the information that all Envato Pty Ltd authors are considered service providers and should be responsible for any tax issues that may occur (according to TOS).
hottentotdonderdag 14 april 2016 @ 13:56
1. Where are you from?
2. Where did you work?
3. Is there a tax agreement between these countries?
4. Where did you currently pay your taxes?

And on a side-note: If you work in the Netherlands than it is your responsibility that your taxes are paid in a proper way, and not that of a company or another person. Even if your company makes mistakes than it is your problem.

And to be short: You live here, you work here, so you pay tax here.

My advice would be to find an expat financial specialist, this since you seem to have no clue on our tax system, or what you can deduct.

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D.D.W.donderdag 14 april 2016 @ 14:19
I think you can look up all the information you need on these websites:

http://www.belastingdiens(...)gdienst/individuals/

http://www.belastingdiens(...)_in_the_netherlands/
hottentotdonderdag 14 april 2016 @ 14:34
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I think you can look up all the information you need on these websites:

http://www.belastingdiens(...)gdienst/individuals/

http://www.belastingdiens(...)_in_the_netherlands/
Problem with the Dutch system is all the extra rulings, all the different treaty's, all the different exceptions, and the many ways of all the different things you can deduct in a different way. Given that he's a freelance IT specialist, i'd estimate his income easily over 100.000,- meaning that the most efficient way of doing your taxes can easily save thousands. If he has all the papers nicely ordered than it's just a couple of hours for a financial specialist which would only cost him a couple of hundreds. And it would save him reading up on all the Dutch rulings, and numerous phone calls with Heerlen where most of the people on the phone really have no clue what they are doing (my own experience)

Dutch taxes are a complicated system compared to many other countries, which shows clearly in the fact that there's a huge bunch of Dutch people who in my opinion have very low understanding of it.

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robbietobbiedonderdag 14 april 2016 @ 14:47
Yeah, you'll need to be more specific. Start by answering the questions asked above.
If you worked from home (so abroad) you're usually liable for taxes there.
If you worked on location it'll depend on a lot of things like having a permanent establishment or not.

But yeah, it really depends on your situation, the countries involved and the tax treaties between those countries.
vaduzdonderdag 14 april 2016 @ 16:59
I think this is a 419-type of scam.
Dunnevandaledonderdag 14 april 2016 @ 17:47
Klaasned(erlands) vindt in het Engels communiceren interessant staan?
hottentotdonderdag 14 april 2016 @ 17:47
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I think this is a 419-type of scam.
TS is from Australia instead of Nigeria :)
vaduzdonderdag 14 april 2016 @ 17:47
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TS is from Australia instead of Nigeria :)
;( ;( ;(
hottentotvrijdag 15 april 2016 @ 12:36
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;( ;( ;(
Gokje....

Daar is Envato begonnen, geen idee eigenlijk :P (ook niet het idee dat er nog meer info in dit topic gaat komen)
KlaasNedvrijdag 15 april 2016 @ 15:45
I am currently in Netherlands, but I come from Norway. Sorry for my English actually, I am studying Dutch, but only as a beginner.
I have been doing my projects from Netherlands and submitting them to Envato (HQ in Australia).

Thank you for your replies. I'll check with Envato. I just thought someone had the same problem.
hottentotvrijdag 15 april 2016 @ 16:18
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I am currently in Netherlands, but I come from Norway. Sorry for my English actually, I am studying Dutch, but only as a beginner.
I have been doing my projects from Netherlands and submitting them to Envato (HQ in Australia).

Thank you for your replies. I'll check with Envato. I just thought someone had the same problem.
Instead of trusting a company who has different interests than you have i'd rather put my trust in a bookkeeper who works for you.
ErwinDikkievrijdag 15 april 2016 @ 22:10
The company where I work, also do taxes for expats. If you can't find a solution, maybe you can contact a similar office for advice.
Ferzaterdag 16 april 2016 @ 19:23
Unless Envato paid you on a Swiss of Cayman bank account, i guess you are screwed.

Did envato pay taxes for you in Australia, for previous work?