Q: Business agrees to hire a local police department for off-duty services. The business is asked to sign a contract from
the PD about the pay rate and duties required. Contact signed, &work has been completed, but now business will not pay officers until w9 is filed. This was not in the contact &the pay for each officer would be under $600.
Depending on such factors as the amount of pay a contractor receives, requiring the contractor to sign a W9 may be required by tax law. The party paying the contractor doesn't necessarily need to spell this out in the contract or disclose it ahead of time, because it isn't a term that the parties must agree to or have a right to negotiate.
Anyone who has concerns about signing a W9 might consider consulting with a tax professional or a business attorney who is knowledgeable about tax law.
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