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Andrew,
 
If they did not include the instructions pages with the W-9 they sent you, then go to www.irs.gov and search for W9 in the forms & publications section.  You can get the complete (4 page) W-9 form.  You should be exempt from backup withholding, but check the instructions.  There is a PDF "fill-in form" which is easy to complete and print.
 
You should receive a 1099 from each company/individual you do non-employee work for (similar idea to the W-2 you get from each employer).  The IRS gets a copy of all W-2's and 1099's that are issued to you and compares that to what you show on your tax return.  Your return has to match or exceed that total or the IRS will be in touch with you.
 
Also, YOU need to issue a 1099 to any subconsultants, etc. that you use.
 
HTH,
 
David Finley, P.E.
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: akester
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 9:37 AM
Subject: solo engineers- W-9 question

Listers,
I have a email into my accountant friend, but I figure I am not the first person to have had to fill one of these out before. I have just started doing independent contract work. Two of my clients have sent me W-9 forms. I do not know if I am exempt from backup withholding or not.
 
If you do know, please CC me directly because I am on digest mode..
 
Thanks in advance,
 
Andrew Kester, PE
Lake Mary, FL