How do I file a Form W-9 with Upwork?

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All freelancers who are U.S persons should file a Form W-9 with Upwork (all others should file a Form W-8BEN). You sign electronically by submitting the form.

To provide Upwork with your Form W-9:

  1. Go to the Accounts menu > Settings > Click “Tax Information
  2. Provide us with your:
    • Legal Name – Your own name, or your business name if you're filing as a company entity
    • Address – Where Upwork will mail your Form 1099-K or other tax forms, if necessary
    • Filing Status – Type of IRS tax filing you will use for earnings
    • Taxpayer Identification Number – TIN type and # you will use for your IRS tax filing

The directions are the same as filling out the paper Form W-9 form from the IRS. Please contact your local accountant or tax advisor if you have questions about your filing status or TIN.

To edit your tax information:

  1. Go to the Accounts menu > Settings > Click “Tax Information
  2. Edit your tax information and save

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