Agency asking for sensitive information
Thread poster: Caroline Mandler

Caroline Mandler  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Mar 24, 2015

Hi everyone,

Has anyone working in the US ever dealt with an agency asking for highly-sensitive information, like an IRS W-9 form (which includes a person's Social Security number)? I'm wondering if this is a common practice, other than for someone who has to undergo a background check (e.g. an interpreter).

Thanks in advance!


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Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
Jordan
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Required by law Mar 24, 2015

Yes, this is standard practice if you wish to get paid.

You can read more about W-9s here:

http://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/082714/purpose-w9-form.asp


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Jessica F. Rhodes  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes Mar 24, 2015

An IRS W-9 form is necessary for them to be able to send you a 1099 by the end of the year, in case they pay you over 600 USD during said year, so you can file your taxes. With the W-9 form, they can accurately report the payments they make to you.

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Jean Lachaud  Identity Verified
United States
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they all do it Mar 24, 2015

All agencies require a W-9.

I recommend getting an EIN from the IRS, so that you don't have to disclose your SS Number.


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Anthony Mazzorana  Identity Verified
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EIN Mar 25, 2015

JL01 wrote:

All agencies require a W-9.

I recommend getting an EIN from the IRS, so that you don't have to disclose your SS Number.






Can you tell us anything more about the EIN? I'm familiar with the w-9 form but always feel a little uncomfortable just handing out my Soc# to complete strangers.


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Caroline Mandler  Identity Verified
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Many thanks & explanation Mar 25, 2015

Thanks, everyone! I have an EIN, but they're asking for both - I suppose I can just skip the SSN, in that case.

Anthony, you have to apply for one at irs.gov, but it's a fairly straightforward process and only takes a few minutes. It's also free, which is always nice. Here's the link: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Apply-for-an-Employer-Identification-Number-(EIN)-Online


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Jean Lachaud  Identity Verified
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don't disclose your SSN Mar 25, 2015

Every year, there is the odd agency whose accountant is upset about me providing an "EIN," usually when tax season comes (now, IOW.) When gentle explanation i snot enough, words to the effect of "That is all you'll get from me, good bye" works for me.


CMM French wrote:

Thanks, everyone! I have an EIN, but they're asking for both - I suppose I can just skip the SSN, in that case.

Anthony, you have to apply for one at irs.gov, but it's a fairly straightforward process and only takes a few minutes. It's also free, which is always nice. Here's the link: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Apply-for-an-Employer-Identification-Number-(EIN)-Online


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