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Pay your international contractors

Once you’ve hired an international contractor, you pay them in Gusto much like you would a domestic contractor. Here’s what to expect: 

  • Lightning-fast payment speeds - international contractor payments are received within two business days. 

  • Gusto-negotiated foreign exchange rates - no extra costs.

Important reminders

Gusto can not withhold taxes, and will not be creating or filing any tax forms related to these payments. At the end of the year, contractors should reach out to you, their employer, for any tax forms needed. In some countries, payment minimums apply.

Pay your international contractors:

  1. Click the Payroll section and select Pay contractors
  2. Click Enter details on the "International Contractors" tile.
  3. Select a debit date—your contractor will receive the payment 2-3 business days later.
    • Important: if you select a debit date in the future, exchange rates may change. We'll let you know what the exchange rate is today, and send an email closer to the debit date with the updated exchange rate(s) for the payment.
  4. Click Enter Payment next to the contractor(s) you’d like to pay.
    • For some countries, there are payment minimums.
    • Not required if you have only one international contractor.
  5. Enter their wages.
    • Gusto will default to showing wages in American dollars.
    • Click the circle icon next to the wage box to toggle to the foreign currency amount.
      • This is for viewing purposes only–payments will always be made in foreign currency unless contractors have domestic bank accounts; if so they'll be paid USD.  
  6. Review the “Amount” column to see what the contractors will be paid in the foreign currency.
    • If you entered wages in foreign currency, this column will also show you what you’ll pay in American dollars.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. Review the summary, what your company pays, and transaction fees, and then click Submit payments.

Your payment has been processed and contractors will receive their payment(s) within 2-3 business days of the debit date.

We’ll send an email on payday to your contractor confirming they’ve been paid, but we also recommend letting your contractors know when to expect the payment(s).

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