How To Fill Out IRS Form W-9

A W-9 is used to confirm a person’s name, address, and taxpayer identification number (TIN) for employment or other income-generating purposes


IRS Form W-9 is officially titled the Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification.  This form is used to provide the correct Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) to a person (or company) that is required to file an information return with the IRS.  This information return (e.g. Form 1099-MISC, Form 1098) is to report, for example:

  • Non-employee compensation;
  • real estate transactions;
  • mortgage interest;
  • acquisition or abandonment of secured property;
  • cancellation of debt;
  • and contributions to an IRA.

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