A U.S. based company, who wants to purchase my software products through my reseller wrote me that a IRS W-9 needs to be filled out.
They will buy the product license from my re-seller (who handles all payment and tax processing parts of the transactions), should they contact the payment processing company for filling out the W-9 form?
I have read also that the W-9 typically is used for independent contractory / freelancers. So I am not sure if they mistake me for a freelancer.
I asked the reseller and their U.S. branch sent me a W-9 as PDF, filled out and signed. Can I safely assume that this is a normal business practice? As I do not give any personal information with this form, I not see a 'scam'. But from the comment
In no instance should anyone require a W9 if they are purchasing products.
requesting a W-9 seems unusual.
I want to avoid any misinformation, which I could pass unknowingly to the potential customer by forwarding the W-9.
My business has a contract / business relationship with the local branch here in Europe only, and as they are responsible for tax payment, I assumed that they transfer it directly without involving the U.S. branch.
So I guess it is safer to let the customer contact the payment processing company.
The question basically has two parts:
- is a W-9 required for a software license sale from a non-U.S. corporation to a corporation in the U.S.?
- if the W-9 is not required, are there good (rational) reasons to ask for it?