@brandulus, The rationale for designing and passing the legal framework for W8-BEN form was to stipulate employment conditions for foreign workers, as per: FATCA. In 2010, Congress passed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010, P. L. 111-147 (the HIRE Act), which added chapter 4 of Subtitle A (chapter 4) to the Code, consisting of sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code and commonly referred to as “FATCA” or “chapter 4”’’ which sets the tone for regulating hiring practices of non US nationals, etc. However, the Terms and Conditions of the Service agreement explicitly rule out the nature of a creative’s affiliation with the SH as being or having the employment nature, as per 2.4 Section on the Creative’s Role & Relationship with Squadhelp:
‘‘Neither your use of our Service nor anything in this Agreement creates an employment, partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, or sales representative relationship between you and Squadhelp. We do not provide you with any equipment or tools to participate in a Contest. We do not provide you any benefits, including without limitation workers compensation or insurance coverage. We are not responsible for any expenses you incur in using our Service. We will not withhold any amount from your award for federal or state income tax, Social Security, or any other tax. You are free at all times to perform tasks for any person or business, including any of our competitors. You do not have the authority to enter into any contract, whether written or oral, on behalf of Squadhelp or otherwise represent or purport to represent Squadhelp in any respect’’. .