When we are earning online, we have to take care of all our taxes for all our online earning. Along with paying service tax and income tax on our earning, at times we need to fill out the form offered by affiliate programs to be eligible for the payment. If you are one of those newbie affiliate marketers who have joined Hostgator affiliate program or Bluehost affiliate program, you must have encountered issue with filling out the affiliate tax form. I often get queries from Shouters on how to fill out these tax information form to be eligible for the payment. Here is one such query from Sagar:
Filling out Bluehost Affiliate Tax form:
Once you are logged into your Bluehost Affiliate panel, you will be asked to fill out the tax form on this URL. You will be seeing a notice like this “Our records indicate we do not have a tax form on file for your account. In order to receive payment for any referrals you must complete the required form.” The process of filling out the tax form will vary for the resident of the country you are from. There are two forms to select from:
- W-9 form : For US person or business (citizen, resident alien, corporation, etc.)
- W-8BEN form : For non U.S.Persons
If you are Indian Bluehost Affiliate or international internet marketer with no connection with U.S. as a resident, here is the steps you need to follow:
1) Select no for the first question: Are you a U.S. citizen or other U.S. person, including a resident alien individual? 2) Fill out W-8BEN form. You can find official instruction .pdf file here.
Start with filling out all details like Name, Address, Type of beneficial owner:
Get your employer identification number for Affiliate Tax form
The most important thing that you need to do is enter the EIN number. To fill out the EIN number for bluehost affiliate, simply add any 9 numbers as EIN number. (Thanks Sagar for the tips). Simply fill up the EIN number in the form and you will be good to submit your tax form.
- If you are in India, you need to keep all the fields under “claim of tax treaty benefits” blank.
- In the signature field, write your complete name which will work as authorised signature.
Click on Submit tax form and now onwards you will be able to receive payment from all your affiliate sales from Bluehost. This is the same process which will be followed for majority of affiliate programs if you are a non U.S. residents. The main field for which you need to work upon is filling up EIN number. You can check out this post to learn how you can promote an affiliate product on your blog.
Note: I’m not a legal expert and above suggested tips are based on my personal experience. This works best for an individual and someone who live outside U.S. or have no connection there.
Also check out:
- A complete guide on Income tax for Indian bloggers and Freelancers
- Service Tax guide for Indian Bloggers
- How to calculate Income tax for AdSense income in India
If you have more tips and suggestions to add for filling out affiliate tax form, I would love to hear your tips.