The question was, what is a W-9 form?

Answer: A W-9 form is used to gather your tax information such as your TIN or Taxpayer Identification Number, and that can be your social security number for some, but they also have an area for the "Employer Identification Number" for those who have one. This is for a person who will be paying you some money usually but not always in excess of $600.00 in a year.

The people who need to fill out the W-9 have to submit it to the payer who will send them a 1099 form with the amount of money that was paid out to them during the year in the required amount of time early in the following year.

The person who got paid is a sole proprietor, etc., and they got paid during one year, and at the beginning of the next year they will receive a 1099 form for use in filing taxes. There are other uses, as well.

When you sign the form, it states "Under penalties of perjury... etc." so be very accurate.

The W9 form certification section asks 3 key questions:

  1. The first is about your number on the form, and it's legitimacy
  2. The second is whether you are not subject to backup withholding and why.
  3. The third is that you are a US citizen or other US person as defined in another area of the form.

The W9 Form states that:
"A person who is required to file an information return with the IRS must obtain your correct taxpayer identification number (TIN) to report, for example, income paid to you, real estate transactions, mortgage interest you paid, acquisition or abandonment of secured property, cancellation of debt, or contributions you made to an IRA." and more.

The W-9 form is certainly not so complicated.

Of the 4 pages, only one is filled out, and pages 2, 3, 4 are instructions that are understandable.

We want you to go to Print a W9 to download and read or print out the form for free.
Here is the spot for the Instructions for the Requester of Form W9.
You can also get an American Spanish language W9 Form here.
Here is a downloadable and printable Form W8 for foreigners who are not resident aliens.

Here are the Instructions for the W8 that you can download and print out as needed..

If you are a student or borrower there is a special W9S for you.
It is simpler to fill out than a regular W9 form.
For a lot more information look at www.PrintW9.com

Don't wait, get going and download the form.pencil - www.A-W9.com

Bonus information about retirement.


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