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I own my own software consulting business in the US. I want to hire a foreign software developer and pay him by the hour as a contractor. How does this work for a foreign contractor? What are the tax implications? Do I need to file something similar to a 1099 to their country? Am I even allowed to hire them, or do I need some form of license to hire a foreign developer? I really just need a quick bullet list on things I need to know about hiring a foreign contractor. I honestly don't know if this is as easy as transferring money to them via PayPal, or if there is a massive amount of legal paperwork I need to prepare and maintain before I can actually pay them to do work for me.