W-9 Form (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification)

Purpose of Form W-9

An individual or entity (Form W-9 requester) who is required to file an information return with the IRS must obtain your correct taxpayer identification number (TIN) which may be your social security number (SSN), individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN), or employer identification number (EIN), to report on an information return the amount paid to you, or other amount reportable on an information return. Examples of information returns include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Form 1099-INT (interest earned or paid)
  • Form 1099-DIV (dividends, including those from stocks or mutual funds)
  • Form 1099-MISC (various types of income, prizes, awards, or gross proceeds)
  • Form 1099-B (stock or mutual fund sales and certain other transactions by brokers)
  • Form 1099-S (proceeds from real estate transactions)
  • Form 1099-K (merchant card and third party network transactions)
  • Form 1098 (home mortgage interest), 1098-E (student loan interest), 1098-T (tuition)
  • Form 1099-C (canceled debt)
  • Form 1099-A (acquisition or abandonment of secured property)

Penalties

Failure to furnish TIN. If you fail to furnish your correct TIN to a requester, you are subject to a penalty of $50 for each such failure unless your failure is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect.

Civil penalty for false information with respect to withholding. If you make a false statement with no reasonable basis that results in no backup withholding, you are subject to a $500 penalty.

Criminal penalty for falsifying information. Willfully falsifying certifications or affirmations may subject you to criminal penalties including fines and/or imprisonment.

Misuse of TINs. If the requester discloses or uses TINs in violation of federal law, the requester may be subject to civil and criminal penalties.