Non-US Resident’s Guide to Receiving Payments from Affiliate Programs

If you’re an affiliate marketer living outside of the USA, it can be a challenge to get paid with Amazon and other popular affiliate programs.

Most companies offer check payments, but they can take a long time to come. Aside from that, banks also charge up to $50 per check to cash it, along with a very bad exchange rate.

In this article, I’ll be introducing you to a solution called Payoneer which I’ve been using for the last 4 years to fully receive my affiliate commissions.

What I Love About Payoneer

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Payoneer is no doubt the best solution to getting paid from US or EU based companies, as if you have your own US or EU based bank account.

The way it works is simple. Payoneer provides you with personal collection account numbers, which allow you to receive payments via ACH transfers from US companies and via SEPA transfers from EU companies, wherever you are in the world.

Payoneer Payment Service

Opening Your Payoneer Account

Your first step is to sign up for a free account at the Payoneer official website.

Using the link above, you’ll earn a $25 reward once your card is loaded with the first $100.

I’ll get $25 for referring you as well (at no extra cost to you).

After visiting the link and clicking on “Sign Up & Earn $25”, you’ll see the sign up page.

You can start filling in all the required personal details:

Remember to use the right home address as they’ll be sending you a letter via mail with a code which you will need to activate your Payoneer account.

Using Payoneer to Receive Payments

Simply login to your account, then under Receive choose either US or EU Payment Service.

Open your affiliate accounts payment settings, choose “Direct Deposit” and enter this payment information. Here are some examples of popular affiliate programs:

Amazon Associate Program

Clickbank

Shareasale

Conclusion

I’ve been a happy Payoneer user for the last 4 years and they really helped me grow my business better.

If you’re looking for an easy, reliable way to get paid as an affiliate marketer, then this is the solution that gets my best recommendation.

Tung Tran

Tung Tran is the founder of CloudLiving.com.

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66 Comments

  1. Thank you for that! I just started and was wondering how to get around this “payment via check” thing. I still don’t understand why the companies don’t offer payment via transfer.

  2. Great info.
    I was wondering how you get paid in SEA. I’m from Malaysia btw. Have you faced any issues in the 4 years using payoneer? How much are the fees when withdrawing money out of payoneer?

  3. Hi Tung,

    Thanks for the article.

    With respect to Amazon, how do you deal with the tax holding issue? I am UK based and pay taxes in the UK, but again require that I stipulate that I am a non US resident in order not to withhold taxes @ 20%. At the same time they stipulate that they will only pay to non US citizens via cheque.

    Any clarity would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Phil

  4. Hey Tung, have you ever faced any withdrawal limits with payoneer. I live in Pakistan, and I’ve been using a bank named MCB that doesn’t lets me withdraw more than $200 at once. Do you think the restrictions are from the bank or payoneer? Have you ever faced any restrictions with withdrawals in your country?

  5. i just withdraw my december earnings using payoneer its really fast… just 2 days from amazon the money can be withdrawn from payoneer.. i went to citibank and its really very easy.. its a checking account…glad i switched to this.. the cheque was really slow it took about 4 month to be encashed…. with payoneer its only 2 months and 2 days..

  6. Hey Tung,

    A little off topic question for non US residents.

    I am currently out of US and do use payoneer to get my funds. I earn income via amazon affiliate.

    As of 2016, i am constantly making about $1000 from Amazon but i am concerned about how would i deal taxes. Currently my amazon affiliate account shows 0% taxes.

    What do you do about the taxes. Would really appreciate your help.

    Thanks

    Emily

    • Hi Emily,

      I’m not the right person to ask about taxes but I think if you’re physically outside of the US, you will only need to pay taxes in your country.

    • All is correct. When you open an account at Amazon, you are asked to fill in the tax form. Here is what Amazon says about:
      “IRS regulations require non-U.S. taxpayers to provide Form W-8BEN to Amazon in order to be exempt from U.S. tax reporting requirements.”

      US associate have a tax withheld from their earnings. So Amazon acts like IRS agent in this case.

      In regard to non-us publishers, it seems to me that they just require a form as a confirmation that your income is not taxable in USA.

      Which doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pay taxes at all. You should, but you pay tax of your country. Your tax is your problem here.

      I would consider a meeting with a local tax counsel if I were you.

  7. Great post! I’m currently in the US, but I’m coming back to Vietnam in about 3 months and haven’t quite figured out a workaround for the payment issue yet. This is exactly what I needed.

    Btw, Do you mind if I ask you about whether you have to pay any kind of tax for your affiliate commission (either to US or Vietnamese government)? If yes, what are the procedures? It would be awesome if you write an article about tax for Vietnamese affiliate marketers.

    Thanks again for the valuable information, keep it up!

  8. Hey Tung,

    Great review really enjoyed it. One thing though, I’m from Trinidad and Payoneer doesn’t support my local currency, how can i use payoneer to withdraw money otherwise ?

    Thanks,
    Andrew

  9. Good recommendation for those who live outside the US but want to participate in US-based affiliate marketing programs. People who live in countries with good conversion rates are lucky because they get the best of both worlds.

    I’m a newbie with affiliate marketing, so I’ll be following your blog closely. Thanks!

  10. Thank you for this post. BUT how do I handle the tax information Amazon is asking me to fill, I am Non-US… it says tax information incomplete, complete it before we can pay you. Please help. Thanks

    • You can go for EIN(Employer Identification Number) which is free. You can call here (+1 267 941 1099) to get EIN for FREE but you need to stay on the line for long like 30-40 minutes.

  11. Hi Tung,

    Can we use Payoneer to deposit money into our non-US bank accounts without going for the MasterCard option? I prefer to have the money deposited into my bank account as that is more convenient.

  12. Hi Tung,

    Thanks for your post.

    I’m surprised that you recommend proceeding so, as Direct Deposit payment is only allowed if you AND your bank are based within the United States.

    Here is what Amazon says about it:

    “Direct Deposit Information and FAQ

    Amazon Associates allows people to be paid by direct deposit to their nominated bank accounts if they and their bank are based within the United States. At this time, the Amazon.com Associates Program is unable to offer direct deposit to International Associates or to banks located outside of the United States.”

    Also, this is conflicting information to Amazon regarding your situation: for taxation you claim that you’re outside the US, but for payment you claim that you’re within the US. Is that common to proceed so among online marketers? Aren’t you afraid of having your Amazon associates account suspended because of this?

    Thanks,
    Fabien

  13. Hi Tung,

    I am from India and i tried to use payoneer as payment method. This month amazon tried to make payment via payoneer but payment got failed. I contacted Amazon and they said ,they do not support payoneer.

    How you are receiving payment via payoneer?

  14. Hey Tung,
    You are right. Payoneer rocks. I have been using it in Kenya for the past 2 years. I pay $3.50 to withdraw my earnings. Cheap and efficient.

  15. This is what I received from Payoneer – Payoneer doesn’t support receiving payments via Amazon affiliates. At the moment only sellers accounts are supported.
    We are sorry for the inconvenience.

    • Any news about this statement? Comment posted 3 months ago. Are you other guys receiving money from Amazon Affiliates correctly? I am in process of selecting payment solution – working with Amazon US Affiliates and live in EU.

  16. Hi Tung

    Followed your blog on and off, thanks for the inspiration and hard work. Just letting you know I’m using your affiliate link to sign up to payoneer.

    Cheers
    Richard.

  17. Hi, Tung Tran. I’ve got a mastercard and visa and I live in Kyrgyzstan. Can I be affiliate to Amazon affiliate programm and other US and UE based countries. Thanks. Will wait for your answer.)))))) Max.

  18. Hi, Tung Tran.
    That was such an informative piece. I live in Kenya and just completed my Amazon associate account registration including my non-US TAX information. I have been using Payoneer since 2013 and I must agree that it’s a lifesaver especially for freelancers in countries where you can not withdraw your PayPal funds directly your local bank account.

    I was not sure if I should include my US payment service details (Payoneer details) in the “direct deposit” option until I came across your post via Cloudliving in Facebook. So my question was how long does it take for one’s Amazon earning to reflect in his or her Payoneer account. Secondly, using the “direct deposit” option can I initiate withdrawal immediately my earning are over the $10 minimum earnings?

  19. I wonder why do you recommend choosing the “Prepaid MacterCard Card” option if you actually want to be able to withdraw the money to your local bank account? Shouldn’t we choose the option “Local Bank Account”?

  20. Great Article Tung!!
    Yeah payoneer is good for fast transfer.
    But why amazon takes two months to make money available to withdraw after the sales.

  21. Hi Tung,
    Just wanted to let you know i signed up using your link!
    Also, did you receive the first mail in vietnam?

  22. Hi Tung,

    Just to let you know that I have just ordered my card through your affiliate link. Thanks for the article. It is over a year since you wrote it and the process is still exactly the same.

  23. Hey Tung,

    I received my payoneer card tnx to your help, tnx! 🙂
    I’m EU resident; affiliate through Amazon US program – how do I fill needed information on amazon; Specificaly:

    Payment Information (Payoneer)
    Tax Information (???)

    How did you personaly workaround this, what’s the best pratices for non-US affiliates?

    tnx

  24. Hello Tung,

    I have just contacted Amazon support and they have told me
    they don’t support Payoneer and for them it’s frowned upon to use that as a payment option for non USA affiliates..

    Maybe they don’t officially support it but they look the other way if you use it , but in any case i dont feel comfortable using it if my account will be in jeopardy..

  25. Thank you for this post. I have signed up to Payoneer using link. 🙂 The application is still pending review. I will be using the account for Amazon Affiliates program. Can I apply (In Amazon) even before the approval? Please advise

  26. Man, I am Non-US resident and I wonder that is there anything similar to Payoneer? Because banks here take big commission from Payoneer and well I don’t want to get a cheque either. By the way, I can’t use paypal too 🙂 Can you suggest me a solution?

  27. Hi Tung,
    Thanks for this post. I’ve signed up a US bank account and input that into my Associate’s Payment page, but the payment didn’t come through. When I asked a consultant, they said it’s because my mailing address is not in the US, so based on that, I fall under the ‘international’ category and so the direct deposit payment won’t come through. They also said the same applies for tax information, I’d need to have a US Social Security Number or the payment wouldn’t go through.

    How do you get around this in your Amazon Associates account? Do you have your mailing address set to a US-based address?

    I know you previously said you’ve set your tax stuff up so that it says you don’t reside in the US (as I have too), but I’m being told this setup means the system won’t pay direct deposit. I’m curious what details you have in your account that’s allowing your payments to go through. (particularly for your mailing address – is it an international address or in the US?)

    Thanks so much!

  28. Hi Tung. I am from Malawi, Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world. I am wondering, is it possible for me to do affiliate marketing with companies like Amazon and succeed?

  29. Hi… Thanks for the Article… I have a Question.. I am from Pakistan. If I make Payoneer Account with prepaid master card.. and Then Want to receive payments from Amazon.. Then Which bank i have to enter..?? US Based or Pakistan’s based…??

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