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Please note the stated purpose of the Form:
The purpose of the Form is to collect your TIN or SSN IF the person paying you is required to file an "information return".
If the person paying you non-employee compensation for labor is not required to file an "information return", does it stand to reason that such person would not be required to obtain a TIN or SSN from you?
Does this Form state who the person required to file an "information return" is?
Continuing with the purpose of the Form:
Please note that items 1 and 2 are for certification purposes. This will be addressed specifically on the next page.
Please note that a "U.S. person" can be a "resident alien". (Alien means foreign person.)
Who the requester is, in other words; Who is legally required to request a TIN / SSN, is not addressed in this section of the W-9 instructions. This appears to give any person carte blanche to ask for your SSN. This is not the case as will be shown in this chapter.