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I will be working for a Canadian software company remotely from my home in the US. The company doesn't have a US branch or presence. How will the company pay me without a US division? And will I only need to pay US taxes? Will they need to withhold SS and other taxes? Should I start an S-corp and not be an employee instead?

  • Ask your company: Do they employ other people this way? What happens for them? There are a few options, but to figure out what's best for you, you should seek professional advice. – Peter K. Dec 3 '14 at 21:31
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How will the company pay me without a US division?

Probably by check or wire transfer.

And will I only need to pay US taxes?

Yes.

Will they need to withhold SS and other taxes?

Unlikely. You'll be a 1099 contractor, essentially, from the US tax perspective.

Should I start an S-corp and not be an employee instead?

You should talk to a tax adviser (EA/CPA licensed in your State) about this.

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