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Tax information FAQs

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about tax information required of all content providers. The first section includes general tax information and the second section provides answers specific to the tax interview you complete when setting up your account.

General Tax Questions

Why do I have to take the tax information interview?
What information will I need to provide in the tax information interview?
How do I submit or change tax information?
Is my tax information secure?
I am a non-U.S. individual or I represent a non-U.S. entity/company that pays income tax in another country or region, not the United States. Do I need to provide any information?
What does my tax status mean?
I just submitted my W-8 form. Can you refund U.S. taxes withheld from prior payments?
How do I apply for a U.S. Tax Identification Number (TIN)?
Will I be subject to U.S. tax reporting by the U.S. tax authority (Internal Revenue Service, "IRS")?
Are there instructions on how to use Form 1099-MISC or 1042-S for my tax return?
When and how will I receive my annual tax forms?
I believe there is an error on the Form 1099-MISC I was issued. How do I get an updated form?
I believe there is an error on the Form 1042-S I was issued. How do I get an updated form?

Tax Interview Questions

How do I know if I am a U.S. person?
What name should I provide during the tax information interview?
I'm trying to enter my name in my native language, but the interview is giving me an error.
What is a U.S. Tax Identification Number (TIN)?
I entered my Tax ID number and I am stuck - I cannot move forward.
Why is the interview asking me to enter an Employer Identification Number (EIN)? I do not have one.
I am not able to modify the information on or sign the W-9 or W-8 review form. What should I do?
What does Electronic Signature mean? Do I need to download any software to complete the electronic signature part of the interview?
Do I have to consent to provide an electronic signature?
I am trying to select my federal tax classification. I am a tax-exempt organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3) but there isn't an option for this. What should I choose? [Applicable to U.S. persons]
I don't know what to choose as my type of beneficial owner. [Applicable to non-U.S. persons]
I am completing the interview for a company. Does that mean I am an “agent”? [Applicable to non-U.S. persons]
Which Chapter 3 Status should I choose on Form W-8IMY? [Applicable to Non-U.S. persons]
What is a Foreign Tax Identification Number? [Applicable to non-U.S. persons]
Do I have to provide a TIN to claim a reduced rate of U.S. tax withholding under an income tax treaty? [Applicable to non-U.S. persons]
How do I answer the question related to derivative of income? [Applicable to non-U.S. persons]
What can I do about the withholding tax? I’m concerned about my payments being withheld on. [Applicable to non-U.S. persons]

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