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Are computer-printed W-9 tax forms legal?

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As of September 2015, computer-printed W-9 tax forms are legal, according to the Internal Revenue Service webpage concerning IRS Accessible PDF Forms. The form is accessible directly from the IRS website.

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Requesters of the forms can collect them electronically and by fax, as the IRS explains. If the process is done electronically, the requester must be able to submit paper W-9 forms to the IRS if called upon to do so. A W-9 form supplies a person's Tax Identification Number to someone who must submit it to the IRS in the course of paying wages, engaging in real estate transactions and cancelling debts. The Tax ID Numbers for individual taxpayers are typically their Social Security Numbers.

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