We kindly ask you not to access any links provided in messages that seem to come from the IRS regarding your taxes - usually with the title of Electronic Federal Tax Payment System Notification (EFTPS). This mail hasnothing to do with the withholding taxes procedure.
Neither the IRS nor Dreamstime sends these messages so do not open them and above all, do not click on any link.
We recommend you let other community fellows know about this as well.
This problem surfaces every now on then. Our site is very popular and large communities will always be a target for such attempts.
As a general rule, don't access any links you receive on email unless you are 100% that they take you to the right place. Most emails will ask you to go somewhere and fill the info. Better go there by typing the address yourself in the browser's address bar.
Don't think it can't happen to you, these hoaxes are very cleverly designed lately. A lot of technology is put into place to replicate the original website so the victim will feel more comfortable sharing the info.
I received one the 10th of september and as it seemed legit.
this is what I got:
Subject: US tax withholding notification
Dear Dennis Rademaker,
This letter is to advise you in regards to the amount of U.S. Tax that is to be withheld from your US-sourced Dreamstime earnings as of September 15th 2010.
For more details, please access our tax center at link below:
According to our records, it appears that you may be a resident of Netherlands, which has an income tax treaty with the United States that specifies a reduced rate of withholding tax on royalties (0.00 %).
If you are a resident of Netherlands and qualify for benefits under the US/Netherlands income tax treaty, you need to complete a U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding. We have an online version of Form W-8BEN which you are required to fill in and submit in the tax center on our website by September 15th . You will find this form at link below:
Please note that IF the form is not submitted by the date mentioned above, 30% withholding tax from your Dreamstime earnings coming from US buyers will be deducted.
For questions on tax withholding from your Dreamstime earnings, please check our FAQ's in the Tax Center or email us at email@example.com
Thank you for your cooperation and attention to this matter.
Ph: +1 615 771 5611
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For sites like Dreamstime, I never access them from an email but only from my stored favorites.