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Philippines - Personal Services Income
Income that residents of the Philippines receive for performing personal
services as independent contractors or as self-employed individuals (independent
personal services) in the United States during the tax year is exempt from U.S.
income tax if the residents:
- Are in the United States for no more than 89 days during the tax year,
- Earn gross income for those services that is not more than $10,000 for the tax
year if the income is from U.S. contractors, and
- Do not have a fixed base regularly available to them in the United States for
performing their services.
If they have a fixed base available in the United States, they are taxed only on
the income attributable to the fixed base. There is no dollar limit for
condition (2) if the contractor is a resident of a country other than the United
Income that residents of the Philippines receive for personal services performed
in the United States as employees (dependent personal services) is exempt from
U.S. income tax if the residents meet three requirements.
- They are in the United States for no more than 89 days during the tax year.
- They are employees of a resident of the Philippines or of a permanent
establishment maintained in the Philippines.
- Their income is not borne by a permanent establishment that the employer has
in the United States.
Pay received by an employee of a resident of the Philippines for personal
services performed as a member of the regular complement of a ship or an
aircraft operated in international traffic by a resident of the Philippines is
exempt from U.S. tax.
These exemptions do not apply to income residents of the Philippines receive for
performing services (both independent and dependent personal services) in the
United States as entertainers, such as theater, motion picture, radio, or
television artists, musicians, or athletes, if the income is more than $100 a
day or $3,000 for the tax year. Regardless of these limits, income of Philippine
entertainers is exempt from U.S. tax if their visit to the United States is
substantially supported or sponsored by the Philippine Government and the
entertainers are certified as qualified for this exemption by the Philippine