Viera Academy Tutor Payment Policies
By registering as a tutor with Viera Academy ("the website," "website," "viera.academy"), you (“tutor”) agree that the following terms and conditions will govern all payments made to you by students through the Viera Academy system.
Conditions for guaranteeing receipt of payment for student lessons
Viera Academy is a marketplace for those seeking tutoring services to connect with those seeking to provide tutoring services. Viera Academy also provides a service to its users whereby payments will be distributed to tutors that originate from their students. Viera Academy offers tutors a layer of protection in the collection of their funds but, if any of the following conditions are not met and Viera Academy becomes unable to collect your payment from the parent, student, or other type of account-holder (collectively, "student") to whom you gave a lesson, Viera Academy cannot guarantee that your payment will be successfully collected, processed and distributed to you:
(a) The information pertaining to the lesson is accurate. This includes the start and end time, duration, subject and student account name. Unless otherwise agreed to by the tutor and student, the start and end time will be considered to be the times of the actual tutoring lesson, not arrival and departure times to and from the tutoring location.
(b) Prior to each lesson being given, the student has on file with Viera Academy a valid form of payment. This includes a valid credit/debit card, or a positive balance of prepaid tutoring credit. The requirement to verify payment information must be followed for continuing students as well as new students.
(c) The lesson is delivered in-person at a mutually agreed upon location or through Viera Academy’s online tutoring platform. If the lesson is delivered remotely through another medium, such as via the internet, email, telephone or Skype, or in the instance when the tutor does proofreading or other asynchronous, non-tutoring work with the student, the tutor must obtain written confirmation from the student to the tutor's Viera Academy email address that acknowledges the nature of the work to be done and the expectations of the time and cost required to complete the work.
(d) The tutor's services are instructive and constitute learning, not cheating. More specifically, the tutor is not to complete assignments, write papers, take quizzes or otherwise do work on the student's behalf. Further, the services that the tutor offers must not violate the academic honesty policy or other conduct policies of the student's school, university, academic institution or workplace.
(e) The tutor enters the lesson into the Viera Academy system.
(f) Prior to a lesson being given, the tutor has received a Viera Academy subject approval for the specific subject area of the lesson.
(g) The tutor does not collect or request payment directly from the student by cash, check or otherwise, for the lesson.
(h) The tutor is over 18 years old and is eligible to work in the United States
Timing and delivery of payments
If all the Conditions for guaranteeing receipt of payment for student lessons are met, tutors can expect to receive their funds according to the following schedule. If there are questions about any of the conditions, payments may be delayed while Viera Academy attempts to resolve the questions.
(a) Prep Coins are Viera Academy’s electronic currency. A fixed conversion is defined and used in the system: 1,000 Prep Coins = 1.00 US dollars.
(b) When a Tutors delivers a lesson to a student, the corresponding amount of Prep Coins is deposited on the Tutor’s account in Viera Academy. This amount is equivalent to the value of the lesson minus Viera Academy’s commission fee.
(c) Tutors may withdraw earnings at any given time from their electronic wallet to be deposited to a bank account. Funds may take a few business days depending on the Tutor’s bank. Withdrawn may be done up to 3 times a day. The minimum and maximum amounts to be withdrawn are defined by Viera Academy, and they are subject to change. By default, 10 as a minimum and 500 as a maximum may be considered the bounds.
Social Security number requirement
(a) Prior to payments made in an amount of greater than $50, cumulatively, tutors must submit to Viera Academy a valid Social Security Number ("SSN"). Such payments will be withheld by Viera Academy until the SSN is received, and the payments will be released with the next scheduled payment. (Although the burden to report 1099 income and meet other state-level reporting requirement is technically on the student who is hiring and retaining you, Viera Academy offers students this filing service as a benefit of using the Viera Academy system. To complete these filings, Viera Academy needs to have a valid SSN.)
(b) Tutors may use an Employer Identification Number ("EIN") issued by the Internal Revenue Service in place of a SSN for payment reporting purposes only. To use an EIN, a tutor must complete, sign and submit to Viera Academy an IRS Form W-9.
Calculation of tutor payment amounts
(a) Tutors set their own hourly rate and may change it at any time. Changing the default hourly rate will affect students who email a tutor after the time the change is made. Students who have been in contact with a tutor within three months prior to the time the rate change is made will be continue to be subject to the hourly rate that was listed on the tutor's profile at the time they first contacted the tutor; in order to change the rate for one of these students, the student must acknowledge the rate change via a rate change request email.
(b) All tutors agree to the following payment structure. Viera Academy’s commission is 25%.
(c) Non-tutoring charges should be incorporated into the hourly rate. Travel, prep time or other expenses that you wish to defray to the customer must first be agreed to by the student. The mechanism to assess these charges is to adjust your hourly rate. All costs associated with tutoring students who retain you through Viera Academy, must go through the site.