Gillian Sisley — you shouldn’t have to pay that. Canada has a treaty agreement with the US. (other countries do, too, including the UK) But to prevent being charged the extra 30%, you need to complete Article III of the W-8BEN and click “claim treaty agreement”. I had the exact same thing happen on Creative Market and once I filled in the W-8BEN form, the 30% became 0%.

I wish they did a better job of providing the information instead of creating such confusion. I read on FB that at least one person already deleted her account because of it, when submitting the W-8BEN would have eliminated the issue.

I will try find more complete info and share it. :)

Top writer. Featured in NYT, Forbes.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store