How To Fill Bluehost Affiliate Tax Form [2020]: Indian Residents

Hoping to earn via affiliate marketing, you started a blog. And out of nowhere, you realize that you’re subjected to a 30% tax on a few affiliate programs. One of this is Bluehost Affiliate Program. [Stake through the heart, right?]

BUT the good news is that this tax can be exempted if you submit the Affiliate Tax Form.

If you’ve not signed up for Bluehost Affiliate Program, you can sign up here. They pay $65/signup.

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Table of Contents

1. What is an Affiliate Tax form?
2. How can Bluehost Affiliate Tax Form save you 30%?
3. How to fill Bluehost Affiliate Tax Form?

What is an Affiliate Tax Form?

As I stated before, foreign individual (like I from India) is subjected to a 30% tax (that’s a lot) of certain types of income received from US Payers.

Now the fun part is that the W-8BEN form or what we call the Affiliate tax form lets you exempt if you reside in a country with which the US has signed an Income Tax Treaty. This means submission of affiliate tax form will result in an exemption to a 30% tax. Great, right?

This form is valid for 3 full calendar years after the year in which you signed it.

How Bluehost Affiliate tax form saves 30% of your Affiliate Income

Let’s assume that you earn via affiliate programs. Now everything runs fine until the tax confusion arises. That’s when “Tax Treaties” come into play.

Tax Treaties ensure that the same income is not taxed twice. Broadly the tax treaties provide that the country in which the income is generated has the right to tax it. The good news is that India has entered in tax treaties with many countries.

Now, for Bluehost to confirm your residency, it asks you to submit an affiliate tax form.

Ok! Enough with the fluff. Let’s help you submit the affiliate tax form to maximize your affiliate income.

7 steps to fill Bluehost Affiliate Tax Form

Once you sign up for Bluehost Affiliate Program, they’ll ask you to submit the tax form. A notice in the yellow box will appear on your dashboard.

Step 1: Click on “this page” anchor text to fill the affiliate tax form.

Step 1 of how to fill bluehost affiliate tax form

Step 2: Check the circle prior to “No” to specify that you’re not a US resident

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Step 3: Start by filling your name & address information.

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Step 4: Leave the mailing address blank if you receive the mails on the same address. Fill it otherwise.

Step 5: Now comes the crucial part. You’ve to fill in the tax information. If you belong to India, leave all the fields black except the one which says “Date of Birth”. Enter your date of birth here.

Step 5 of how to fill bluehost affiliate tax form

Step 6: If you belong to India, keep all the fields blank under “Claim of tax treaty benefits” 

Step 7: Enter your full name in the signature field & click on bold green “Submit” box.

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Now you’re all set to receive your bluehost affiliate income. 🙂

You’re always welcome in the comment playground. Go ahead and drop your feedbacks or even some tips on your experience with Bluehost affiliate program.

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