My purchasing department needs a W-9 from Upwork to set up a P.O., but I can't find anything about it on the website. Can you please tell me where I can get one a.s.a.p.?
Please note that Upwork is an online marketplace, through which users can connect to enter directly into service relationships. Through the marketplace, clients directly engage and pay freelancers to perform services. Upwork acts as an escrow agent and passes funds from the client to the freelancer. That's why we don't believe a W-9 is necessary.
Upwork provides 1099-Ks if appropriate to freelancers if certain conditions are met. More information is available here.
Upwork has an entire section on P.O.s:
If I don't have an Upwork W9, I can't create a P.O. in my organization's system. If I can't create a P.O., I will no longer be able to spend the thousands of dollars on projects that I have been spending.
So, what's the solution? Just to tell companies and nonprofits that you can't give us the documentation we need to continue working with UpWork?
Amanda, the solution certainly isn't for Upwork to create something that doesn't comply with tax law because a company has decided it wants to have an inappropriate document on file.
I am in the same situation. I need a W9 from Upwork to pay my Freelancer. Great service, you do need a way to handle oragnizations that require W9s. My company will not put a credit card on file for payment.