Just a few days ago I signed up to work on Amazon's Mechanical Turk website. I've done about 20 HITS so far; still experimenting with the concept. Here's my question: mturk is asking for my tax information. I fully understand why they need it. But, when I submit my social security number, does it get distributed to ALL the requesters I do HITS for, or only mturk? I've read all the fine print, but with the terminology used, I'm having difficulty comprehending this one (important) thing! Thanks in advance for any clarification!
That is a good question. I'm not sure, but my understanding is that it only goes to Amazon, who collects the money and gives to us.
You are submitting your tax information to MTurk, and not to the individual vendors. MTurk collects money from them, and pays you. They're the only ones who need any of your personal information, including your tax info.
@lisavollrath I found this statement under the FAQ on the MTurk website: "The information is only provided to Requesters who have provided an EIN and for whom you have exceeded the IRS tax reporting threshold."
Do you know what the threshold is, Lisa? It's usually around $600, I think.
@Millionaire Tips That's what I initially thought too, but I don't think so because I already gave the info to Amazon and now mturk is asking for it.
Okay, just now under FAQ, I found this: "The information is only provided to Requesters who have provided an EIN and for whom you have exceeded the IRS tax reporting threshold."
I'm not sure what the threshold is (possibly $600?). So, does that mean each Requester will only receive my social security number IF I exceed that amount with them? I'm trying to understand this as I don't like giving this personal info more than I absolutely have to!
@lisavollrath I'm not sure why my inquiry has 2 different threads, but can you please read my response to 'Millionaire Tips' on the other thread and provide further clarification for me. I value your input as a previous MTurk worker! Thanks Lisa!
@lisavollrath Sorry for the confusion, there's only one thread - just needed to refresh my screen!
If Amazon pays you they're the only ones who get your ss#.
@Beaddoodler Not so! That's what I initially thought. I had provided it to Amazon when I first signed up for MTurk. Now MTurk is asking for my Tax Information. In fact, I cannot do any more HITS until I provide the requested info.
A few hours ago I found this information (regarding the handling of my Social Security Number) in their FAQ: "The information is only provided to Requesters who have provided an EIN and for whom you have exceeded the IRS tax reporting threshold."
So, if I'm understanding this correctly, MTurk keeps my Social Security Number private unless I reach the tax reporting threshold. At that time they will release it to the Requester. How do you interpret this statement? Thanks for your input!
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