INSTRUCTIONS TO PRINTERS
FORM W-9, PAGE 2 of 4
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Form W-9 (Rev. 11-2005) Page 2
Sole proprietor. Enter your individual name as shown on
your income tax return on the “Name” line. You may enter
your business, trade, or “doing business as (DBA)” name on
the “Business name” line.
TO BE REMOVED BEFORE PRINTING
DO NOT PRINT — DO NOT PRINT — DO NOT PRINT — DO NOT PRINT
Other entities. Enter your business name as shown on
required federal tax documents on the “Name” line. This
name should match the name shown on the charter or other
legal document creating the entity. You may enter any
business, trade, or DBA name on the “Business name” line.
If the account is in joint names, list first, and then circle,
the name of the person or entity whose number you entered
in Part I of the form.
Limited liability company (LLC). If you are a single-member
LLC (including a foreign LLC with a domestic owner) that is
disregarded as an entity separate from its owner under
Treasury regulations section 301.7701-3, enter the owner’s
name on the “Name” line. Enter the LLC’s name on the
“Business name” line. Check the appropriate box for your
filing status (sole proprietor, corporation, etc.), then check
the box for “Other” and enter “LLC” in the space provided.
Exempt From Backup Withholding
5. You do not certify to the requester that you are not
subject to backup withholding under 4 above (for reportable
interest and dividend accounts opened after 1983 only).
Certain payees and payments are exempt from backup
withholding. See the instructions below and the separate
Instructions for the Requester of Form W-9.
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.
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.
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.
If you are an individual, you must generally enter the name
shown on your income tax return. However, if you have
changed your last name, for instance, due to marriage
without informing the Social Security Administration of the
name change, enter your first name, the last name shown on
your social security card, and your new last name.
If you are exempt, enter your name as described above and
check the appropriate box for your status, then check the
“Exempt from backup withholding” box in the line following
the business name, sign and date the form.
4. The IRS tells you that you are subject to backup
withholding because you did not report all your interest and
dividends on your tax return (for reportable interest and
dividends only), or
3. The IRS tells the requester that you furnished an
2. You do not certify your TIN when required (see the Part
II instructions on page 4 for details),
You will not be subject to backup withholding on payments
you receive if you give the requester your correct TIN, make
the proper certifications, and report all your taxable interest
and dividends on your tax return.
1. You do not furnish your TIN to the requester,
What is backup withholding? Persons making certain
payments to you must under certain conditions withhold and
pay to the IRS 28% of such payments (after December 31,
2002). This is called “backup withholding.” Payments that
may be subject to backup withholding include interest,
dividends, broker and barter exchange transactions, rents,
royalties, nonemployee pay, and certain payments from
fishing boat operators. Real estate transactions are not
subject to backup withholding.
Payments you receive will be subject to backup
If you are a nonresident alien or a foreign entity not subject
to backup withholding, give the requester the appropriate
completed Form W-8.
Example. Article 20 of the U.S.-China income tax treaty
allows an exemption from tax for scholarship income
received by a Chinese student temporarily present in the
United States. Under U.S. law, this student will become a
resident alien for tax purposes if his or her stay in the United
States exceeds 5 calendar years. However, paragraph 2 of
the first Protocol to the U.S.-China treaty (dated April 30,
1984) allows the provisions of Article 20 to continue to apply
even after the Chinese student becomes a resident alien of
the United States. A Chinese student who qualifies for this
exception (under paragraph 2 of the first protocol) and is
relying on this exception to claim an exemption from tax on
his or her scholarship or fellowship income would attach to
Form W-9 a statement that includes the information
described above to support that exemption.
Note. You are requested to check the appropriate box for
your status (individual/sole proprietor, corporation, etc.).
4. The type and amount of income that qualifies for the
exemption from tax.
5. Sufficient facts to justify the exemption from tax under
the terms of the treaty article.
Nonresident alien who becomes a resident alien.
Generally, only a nonresident alien individual may use the
terms of a tax treaty to reduce or eliminate U.S. tax on
certain types of income. However, most tax treaties contain a
provision known as a “saving clause.” Exceptions specified
in the saving clause may permit an exemption from tax to
continue for certain types of income even after the recipient
has otherwise become a U.S. resident alien for tax purposes.
If you are a U.S. resident alien who is relying on an
exception contained in the saving clause of a tax treaty to
claim an exemption from U.S. tax on certain types of income,
you must attach a statement to Form W-9 that specifies the
following five items:
1. The treaty country. Generally, this must be the same
treaty under which you claimed exemption from tax as a
2. The treaty article addressing the income.
3. The article number (or location) in the tax treaty that
contains the saving clause and its exceptions.
Also see Special rules regarding partnerships on page 1.
Foreign person. If you are a foreign person, do not use
Form W-9. Instead, use the appropriate Form W-8 (see
Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens
and Foreign Entities).
● The U.S. grantor or other owner of a grantor trust and not
the trust, and
● The U.S. trust (other than a grantor trust) and not the
beneficiaries of the trust.