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Amazon Mechanical Turk

I am a Swiss citizen currently residing in Switzerland, and I've recently been approved to participate in Amazon's Mechanical Turks platform.

Going through the sign-in process I was asked to fill in a "Form W-8BEN" for US Tax Withholding and Reporting. The form, among other things, states that:
  • The income to which this form relates is (a) not effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States, (b) effectively connected but is not subject to tax under an income tax treaty, or (c) the partner's share of a partnership's effectively connected income,
  • The person named on line 1 of this form is a resident of the treaty country listed on line 9 of the form (if any) within the meaning of the income tax treaty between the United States and that country.
I'm not so sure about these two articles, and whether the "income" provided by the platform would be subject to a tax income treaty between the US and Switzerland.

I assume that I can simply notify of any "income" from the platform in my tax declaration in Switzerland?
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Old 28.09.2016, 20:44
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Re: Amazon Mechanical Turk

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I've recently been approved to participate in Amazon's Mechanical Turks platform.
Congratulations, or should I rather say, condolences to your situation.

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(b) effectively connected but is not subject to tax under an income tax treaty
This is the treaty, https://www.irs.gov/businesses/inter...eaty-documents. It seems to me Art 14 is about your situation.

If you're not US citizen, resident, taxpayer, haven't stayed too long there in the past few years, then almost certainly you don't have to pay any income taxes to US.

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I assume that I can simply notify of any "income" from the platform in my tax declaration in Switzerland?
Yeah, as income from self employment.
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Old 28.09.2016, 22:21
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Re: Amazon Mechanical Turk

That's great, thank you!

Forgot to mention, I'm not actually looking to the platform as an income source. I'm interested in crowdsourcing and registered out of curiosity, but was quite surprised I got approved as I heard only US residents were usually accepted.

In any case, I doubt that anyone, particularly in Switzerland, could make a living doing tasks for 0.01$...
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