IRS W-9 with invoice (EN,ES)
Thread poster: Ana Ayala

Ana Ayala  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:20
French to Spanish
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Jun 8, 2012

Good morning,
I am a Spanish freelance translator and a potential client has asked me if I could provide an IRS W-9 with my invoice. What does that mean? In Spain I do have to pay taxes for being "freelance" and I have a tax number, is that enough?
I am a bit confused with foreign taxation systems :S
Thank you!

Soy traductora autónoma y un cliente potencial me ha puesto como condición que le pueda proporcionar un "IRS W-9 with my invoice". ¿Qué es eso? Estoy dada de alta en el régimen de autónomos, ¿se refiere a eso o es algo diferente?
¡Muchas gracias!


John Fossey  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:20
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French to English
W8-BEN Jun 8, 2012

You need to provide them with a completed W8-BEN form, not a W9.

The W8-BEN is available at

The W8-BEN form provides the client with proof for the IRS that you are not a US taxpayer and therefore they are not required to withhold income taxes from the amounts they pay you. It is a necessary formality.

The W9 is only for taxpayers within the US.

[Edited at 2012-06-08 11:35 GMT]


Jean Lachaud  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:20
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Correct URL Jun 8, 2012

The correct URL is

There seems to have been a recent update of the form.


Ana Ayala  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:20
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Thanks Jun 8, 2012

Thanks for your reply, it was very usefulicon_smile.gif


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