I am a nonresident alien. Do I need to include a TIN or claim treaty benefits?

Even if you are not a US taxpayer, Medium still requires a taxpayer identification number (TIN) in order to validate your taxpayer information as approved to earn through the Partner Program.

You may still earn in the Partner Program without claiming a treaty benefit on your W-8 taxpayer form. However, we will withhold royalty taxes for all writers to send to the US government. For US writers, the withholding rate is zero so the amount you see in your dashboard then receive is the amount you have earned.  For non-US writers (non-resident aliens that are not US taxpayers), the withholding rate is determined based on the country you filed in your W-8 tax form and any tax treaty benefits you have claimed.

If you reside in one of the countries listed below, please take a moment to re-submit your W-8 form and select your country of residence under the section “Claim of Treaty Benefits (Part II)”. Watch this screencast if you run into any issues completing this section of the form. 

To learn more, please see our FAQ answer “Will a portion of my earnings be withheld for US taxes?"

List of countries

Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria,
Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, India, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Korea (South), Luxembourg, Mexico, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela

Note: We are not able to give advice on how or when you should file your taxes. We recommend that you contact a tax professional for any questions or recommendations.

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