Our payment system interfaces with the IRS to validate your tax form. We have to validate your tax details with the IRS to send you payments.
While we are not tax professionals, we have noticed several common mistakes that can keep your tax form from validating. If your form isn’t validated or you are getting an error in the dashboard, check to make sure you aren’t making these common mistakes.
- Using the wrong Tax Identification Number (TIN)
If you file your taxes as an individual, you will need to use your Social Security Number as your TIN, in the SSN field on your W9 form.
If you file your taxes as a business (such as an LLC or S-Corporation), you’ll need to use your Employer Identification Number (EIN) as your TIN, in the EIN field.
- Using the wrong name/business name
If you file taxes as a business, you will most likely need to use your business name on line 1 of your W9 and leave line 2 blank.
We often see publishers fill out their personal name on line 1 and business name on line 2, and when these forms can’t be validated the solution is almost always to move the business name to line 1 and leave line 2 blank.