Get a Refund on an Hourly Contract

You must contact your freelancer to request a refund. Freelancers can choose to give a refund for any contract, active or ended, for payments made within the last 180 days.

If the refund causes the contract to generate less than $1.00 in total earnings, the contract won't show on your work history (or on your freelancer's) and any feedback will be removed from your feedback rating. It can take up to 12 hours for both histories to reflect changes due to refunds.

Freelancers may only refund an amount that is less than or equal to the lowest of the following:

  • What they earned on the contract
  • The available balance in their Upwork account, including pending transactions and submitted milestones

If you receive a refund:

  • Upwork creates a credit on your account and a debit on the  freelancer's account for the balance of the refund
  • If the payment for the refund is sourced from a single payment method, it will be automatically refunded to that payment method
  • If the payment for the refund was settled via multiple sources, the credit becomes available on your account — you may use this to (a) pay for future invoices, or (b) contact support to request refund to the source payment methods
  • To check any refunds that you have received, go to Reports > Transaction History

If your freelancer refused your refund request or did not respond, please file a dispute during the review period, which ends at midnight UTC, Fridays. If we determine that your freelancer's hours don't qualify for the Upwork Hourly Protection, the dispute will be resolved in your favor.

Important: You must file a dispute during the client-review period, which runs from Mondays at noon UTC until Friday at midnight UTC.

To file a dispute:

  1. Go to Jobs > My Jobs
  2. Find the freelancer you want to request a refund from, and click the View contract from the Actions drop-down list
  3. Click the Dispute link, fill out the form and submit it

Click here for more information about disputes.

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