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    Ida Hägglund

    I can assume you get your full salary from Gengo. Since they aren't based in Sweden, they do not pay your taxes for you. So, you'll get a 100% of your salary and pay the taxes on your own through Skatteverket. 
    I'm not completely sure about this, but this is what I assume. If you're uncertain you should call Skatteverket and explain the situation. They will know what to do.

    https://www.skatteverket.se/privat/skatter/arbeteinkomst/internationellainkomster/lonfranutlandskaarbetsgivare.4.906b37c10bd295ff4880001233.html

    https://www.skatteverket.se/privat/skatter/arbeteinkomst/internationellainkomster/lonfranutlandskaarbetsgivare/inbetalningavpreliminarskatt.4.77dbcb041438070e03934a6.html

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    Martin

    Ok. So that means that I have to pay taxes and social fees from the salary? Nothing extra for social fees? That would mean that about 50% will go to tax.

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    Ida Hägglund

    That doesn't sound right. You don't pay 50% taxes normally... unless you rake in 200 000 SEK a month that is. I'd recommend you to call Skatteverket and ask them.  0771–567 567
    I didn't consider the social fees. They are usually paid by the employer, right? 

    https://www.skatteverket.se/privat/skatter/arbeteinkomst/internationellainkomster/lonfranutlandskaarbetsgivare.4.906b37c10bd295ff4880001233.html
    That page say that the employer normally pays the social fees. 

    But on this page: http://www.skatteverket.se/privat/skatter/arbeteinkomst/internationellainkomster/lonfranutlandskaarbetsgivare/socialavgifter.4.4c6191e3115d2ea500880001183.html

    ...it says that unless you work in Sweden for a foreign based company for more than two consecutive years, they will not pay social fees. 

    I believe that being a translator online may be a bit of a grey zone. Maybe it's classified as additional income from hobbies etc.? In that case you should just pay your taxes as you normally would. No social fees? 
    Gosh... I'm left with more questions now than when I began looking into this...

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    Martin

    Sure, 50% is more than normal. I meant with the inclusion of social fees. These would normally be paid by the employer, as you say, but if Gengo does not pay the fees I have to (?) and then I guess they have to come out of my salary. I think I'll try and call Skatteverket next week.

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    miriamlindberg

    Have you talked to skatteverket? I'm also wondering how to deal with taxes.

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    Martin

    Not yet, no. Too lazy :)

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    anna.norman

    With crowdsourcing jobs it's problematic.

    If you have a business (registered for F-tax), it's intäkter. But I don't have a business. I talked with them at some  point and for last year I declared income from USA. I added it under "Inkomst av tjänst" With the additional information that it was payment for translation assignments. I got kvarskatt (normal tax not 50 %).

    There is something called Särskild A-skatt, if you're not registered for F-tax. But so far the tax authorities haven't complained that I must register for F-tax, they just want kvarskatt, like I said. My income was very modest and appr. half of it was from my Swedish part time job.

    Hopefully I will eventually start getting better paid jobs.

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    Martin

    So if I understand it correctly, you didn't pay any tax until declaring your income, and then paid it as kvarskatt?

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    anna.norman

    Yes I will pay it as kvarstående skatt. Will have to pay it before November 15.

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    gunnarbu

    Hello Martin,

     

    I realise that this is an old post, but I thought one had to fix this before starting with Gengo. At least I had to do that, i.e. fill in a US tax form for witholding tax in the US. I even have a section for 'Taxpayer status' under 'Account settings' on my Gengo settings page.

     

    Gunnar

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    Lara Fernandez

    Hi Gunnar,

    The tax forms our translators fill out and complete when signing up for our platform are used solely to fulfill Gengo's requirements under U.S. federal tax law. 

    Each translator is held responsible to take appropriate action to file taxes in their own country as an independent contractor according to your local laws.

    Thanks,

    Lara

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    gunnarbu

    Lara,

    I know, but it just seemed form the above discussion that he was not aware of the US procedure.

     

    Gunnar

     

     

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    Lara Fernandez

    Hi Gunnar, 

    The OP was indeed asking about how to declare taxes in his own country, Sweden, which I believe he is bound by law to do :)

    As explained above, having filled out Gengo's tax forms is unrelated to this issue - translators are held responsible to comply with their local tax laws.

    Thank you for your understanding,
    Lara

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