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My company needs W9 from Upwork for the money we have paid to Upwork

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Sherry H Member Since: Jan 10, 2018
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Please read below and escalate my ticket to someone that can provide me with your W9.

Upwork is a vendor and I am paying Upwork for services. Therefore I need Upwork's W-9 form, formally titled “Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification.


This is direct from the IRS website......

A vendor will give you his taxpayer identification number, address and business name, and will certify he is not subject to backup withholding when he sends you a W-9 form, formally titled “Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification."


The Internal Revenue Service requires that you obtain W-9 forms when you make inventory and service purchases from a vendor to create a paper trail that allows the agency to catch vendors who do not report income and to prevent you from claiming illegitimate vendor expenses.

The IRS requires that you obtain a W-9 from every vendor from whom you purchase $600 in labor and services or $5,000 in direct sales, but you can request W-9s from vendors for smaller purchases.


My company can not claim a legitimate vendor expenses for the money we have paid Upwork without a W9.

Please send me your W9 asap or my company will not be using Upwork in the future.


I have already sumbitted an email and they refuse to send me Upwork's W9. At this point, this is an urgent matter. I have attched the exact form that I need. So please supply me with your W9.

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Ryan C Member Since: Feb 3, 2017
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Hello Sherry,


I just checked your account and I could see that you have an open ticket regarding this. I just made a follow-up on your ticket. One of our representatives will reach out to you shortly. Thank you.

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Gavin M Member Since: Jan 10, 2018
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We also need a W9 From Upwork to determine if we need to issue a 1099 (i'm assuming not). How do we get a W9 from Upwork for this?

Thanks in advance.



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Ryan C Member Since: Feb 3, 2017
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Hello Gavin,


I have escalated your concern. Our team representative will reach out to you shortly. Thank you!

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Dori E Member Since: Apr 30, 2020
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I also need a W-9 form from Upwork

Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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Hi Dori,


We'll have one of our agents reach out to you via a support ticket to assist you with your request. 


Thank you for reaching out to us. 

~ Bojan
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Greg F Member Since: Jan 18, 2018
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We also require a W9 from Upwork. 


Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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Hi Greg, and Sherry, 


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.

I will request a member of the Customer Support team to reach out to you both to assist you with your request.

~ Avery
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Pablo D Member Since: Nov 28, 2011
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Actually, UpWork charges a fee for services, so it should provide a W-9.


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Douglas C Member Since: Jan 25, 2020
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We need a w9 as well please!