Do I need a W-9?

Question posted by Richard Eden, on behalf of Switchwise Ltd in CV37

I run www.switchwise.com in the USA. It's an online energy price comparison service like www.switchwise.co.uk in the UK. Previously I owned www.ukpower.co.uk.

Do I need a W-9 to be able to earn commissions on sales in America?

Is so, how do I get one?

Thanks.

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Richard Eden, on behalf of Switchwise Ltd in CV37.

Hello. Could anyone confirm they can see this question please? And could you let me know if people actually provide responses to questions at all? Many thanks, Richard Eden

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Ian James, on behalf of i2i Infinity Limited in BA4.

Hi Richard,
Definitely the question is visible to the community. I think sometimes the notification emails are slightly delayed so maybe not everyone has seen it yet. It's not something I know the answer to unfortunately.
Ian James.

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Peter Beech, on behalf of TorFX in TR18.

Definitely visible, sorry I can't help with the answer though.

Regards

Peter

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Glenn Myers, on behalf of Preston Willis Group Partners in USA & Canada.

Richard where is the revenue generated/ banked and where are you located? Do you own switchwise.com and is it an online only business?

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Rebecca Lewis, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment USA in United States.

Hi Richard,
I'd recommend speaking with a tax accountant - UK companies are often asked to proivide W9 forms - not entirely sure how that works with commission but the accountant could confirm hat for you.
Rebecca

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Sue Marsden Gilpin, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment USA in United States.

Hi Richard,

Thanks for reaching out to UKTI. UKTI is unable to advise on legal and tax issues but happy to point you to some resources. We have an Open to Export article, which you may find useful: http://opentoexport.com/article/top-ten-u-s-trade-questions-4-taxes/

As Rebecca Lewis mentioned above, your best option is to consult a certified tax account to ensure compliance with US rules and regulations.

Best,
Diana
UKTI USA

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