W-9 Instructions

This piece of writing is aimed at individuals who are working as freelancers or independent contractors who by the requirements of the IRS must inform the payor about their Social Security Number on the specially designed document which is Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification.

Here are brief Form W-9 instructions to help you file properly.

The fillable w-9 is divided into three parts, even though the first block is not specifically defined by the word “part”, it is placed at the top of the form and the other two are

Part 1 - Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Part 2 - Certification.

In the top part you must indicate your full legal name, as it is indicated on the federal tax return.

The next field is for your business name. It is to filled only in case if it differs from the name you put on the line above.

The third line requires a checkmark on one of the seven checkboxes depending on the business’ federal tax classification.

On the right there is field 4 to indicate the exemptions if there are any applicable ones.

Lines 5 and 6 are to indicate the full address;

On the right there is also an optional field for the requester’s name and address;

And the seventh line is also optional, it is for account number(s).

In Part 1 of the printable W 9 form you must provide your SSN (Social Security number) or EIN (Employer Identification number). It will be regarded as your TIN.

And Part 2 is for Certification where the filler must sign and date the form.

The completed Request for TIN and Certification must be directed to the requester, there is no need to send the document to the IRS.

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