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Do I need to fill out a W-9?
An employer will request a W-9 form of Independent Contractors so they can report the payments to the IRS at year-end.  Generally, a 1099-MISC is completed by the employer and submitted to the IRS and State tax agencies only if the amount of payments made to that contractor exceeds $600 for services on an annual basis.  It is common to request the W9 in advance, just in case you break that minimum threshold in the future.  You will know if they reported $45 to the IRS because you will also receive a copy of the 1099 and can act accordingly. Hope this helps!
How does one get invited to the Quora Partner Program? What criteria do they use, or is it completely random?
I live in Germany. I got an invite to the Quora partner program the day I landed in USA for a business trip. So from what I understand, irrespective of the number of views on your answers, there is some additional eligibility criteria for you to even get an email invite.If you read the terms of service, point 1 states:Eligibility. You must be located in the United States to participate in this Program. If you are a Quora employee, you are eligible to participate and earn up to a maximum of $200 USD a month. You also agree to be bound by the Platform Terms (https://www.quora.com/about/tos) as a condition of participation.Again, if you check the FAQ section:How can other people I know .participate?The program is invite-only at this time, but we intend to open it up to more people as time goes on.So my guess is that Quora is currently targeting people based out of USA, who are active on Quora, may or may not be answering questions frequently ( I have not answered questions frequently in the past year or so) and have a certain number of consistent answer views.Edit 1: Thanks to @Anita Scotch, I got to know that the Quora partner program is now available for other countries too. Copying Anuta’s comment here:If you reside in one of the Countries, The Quora Partner Program is active in, you are eligible to participate in the program.” ( I read more will be added, at some point, but here are the countries, currently eligible at this writing,) U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.11/14/2018Edit 2 : Here is the latest list of countries with 3 new additions eligible for the Quora Partner program:U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, India and Brazil.Thanks to Monoswita Rez for informing me about this update.
Why did my employer give me a W-9 Form to fill out instead of a W-4 Form?
I wrote about the independent-contractor-vs-employee issue last year, see http://nctaxpro.wordpress.com/20...Broadly speaking, you are an employee when someone else - AKA the employer - has control over when and where you work and the processes by which you perform the work that you do for that individual. A DJ or bartender under some circumstances, I suppose, might qualify as an independent contractor at a restaurant, but the waitstaff, bus help, hosts, kitchen aides, etc. almost certainly would not.There's always risk in confronting an employer when faced with a situation like yours - my experience is that most employers know full well that they are violating the law when they treat employees as independent contractors, and for that reason they don't tolerate questions about that policy very well - so you definitely should tread cautiously if you want to keep this position. Nonetheless, I think you owe it to yourself to ask whether or not the restaurant intends to withhold federal taxes from your checks - if for no other reason than you don't want to get caught short when it comes to filing your own return, even if you don't intend to challenge the policy.
Mathematical Puzzles: What is () + () + () = 30 using 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15?
My question had been merged with another one and as a result, I have added the previous answer to the present one. Hopefully this provides a clearer explanation. Just using the numbers given there, it's not possible, because odd + odd = even, even + odd = odd. 30 is an even number, the answer of 3 odd numbers must be odd, it's a contradiction. If what people say is true, then the question is wrongly phrased its any number of operations within those three brackets must lead to 30. Then it becomes a lot easier. Such as 15 + 7 + (7 + 1). That would give 30. But it assumes something that the question does not state explicitly and cannot be done that way. I still stick to my first point, it can't be done within the realm of math and just using three numbers, if not, then the latter is a way to solve it.EDIT:   This question has come up many times, Any odd number can be expressed as the following, Let [math]n, m, p[/math] be an odd number, [math] n = 1 (mod[/math] [math]2), m = 1 (mod[/math] [math]2), p = 1 (mod[/math] [math]2)[/math][math]n+m+p = 1 + 1 + 1 (mod[/math] [math]2)[/math]Let's call [math]n+m+p[/math] as [math]x[/math][math]= x = 3 (mod[/math] [math]2)[/math]Numbers in modulo n can be added, I'll write a small proof for it below, [math]a = b (mod[/math] [math]n), c = d (mod[/math] [math]n)[/math][math]a+c = b+d (mod[/math] [math]n)[/math]We can rewrite [math]b[/math] and [math]d[/math] in the following way, [math]n | (b - a) = b-a = n*p[/math] (for some integer p) [math]b = a + np[/math][math]b = a + np, d = c + nq[/math][math]b + d = a + np + c + nq[/math][math]b+d = a + c + n(p + q)[/math]Now we have shown that our result is true, moving forward, [math]3 = 1 (mod[/math] [math]2)[/math][math]x = 1 (mod[/math] [math]2)[/math]Therefore the sum of three odd numbers can never be even. It will always be congruent to 1 in mod 2.(This was what I wrote for a merged answer).Modular arithmetic  - Link on modular arithmetic, the basic operations. Modular multiplicative inverse - The multiplicative inverse in modular operations.Congruence relationFermat's little theorem Modular exponentiation - As title suggests.Good luck!
As the nature always try to fill out the void, how can atoms be made of 99,99% of void? Why do they not collapse on themselves?
Under the much older planetary model of electrons, I think it was assumed that the electrons (relativistic?) kinetic energy kept them in orbits flying around around rather than collapsing, similar to planetary gravitation, or something like that.Under the semi older but now not quite accurate probability model, mathematically, there's the most likelihood of finding an electron in a shell some distance away from the nucleus, but that doesn't necessarily mean the electron doesn't pass closer to the nucleus…if I understand correctly. See here: Why Don't Electrons Just Fall Into the Nucleus of an Atom?Under the current understanding, electrons, neutrons, protons, and everything else are just some sort of emergent perturbations of underlying quantum fields, and the whole game no longer even makes any sense in a way that we can classically imagine it. It's beyond my understanding as to why those quantum fields seem to resolve, at least in terms of physical interaction, into something that seems to have an outer probability electron shell and a lot of empty space in between. I will leave it to the experts so perhaps answer that (cue Viktor T. Toth).
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How do I fill a W-9 Tax Form out?
Download a blank Form W-9To get started, download the latest Form W-9 from the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/.... Check the date in the top left corner of the form as it is updated occasionally by the IRS. The current revision should read (Rev. December 2014). Click anywhere on the form and a menu appears at the top that will allow you to either print or save the document. If the browser you are using doesn’t allow you to type directly into the W-9 then save the form to your desktop and reopen using Adobe Acrobat Reader.General purposeThe general purpose of Form W-9 is to provide your correct taxpayer identification number (TIN) to an individual or entity (typically a company) that is required to submit an “information return” to the IRS to report an amount paid to you, or other reportable amount.U.S. personForm W-9 should only be completed by what the IRS calls a “U.S. person”. Some examples of U.S. persons include an individual who is a U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident alien. Partnerships, corporations, companies, or associations created or organized in the United States or under the laws of the United States are also U.S. persons.If you are not a U.S. person you should not use this form. You will likely need to provide Form W-8.Enter your informationLine 1 – Name: This line should match the name on your income tax return.Line 2 – Business name: This line is optional and would include your business name, trade name, DBA name, or disregarded entity name if you have any of these. You only need to complete this line if your name here is different from the name on line 1. See our related blog, What is a disregarded entity?Line 3 – Federal tax classification: Check ONE box for your U.S. federal tax classification. This should be the tax classification of the person or entity name that is entered on line 1. See our related blog, What is the difference between an individual and a sole proprietor?Limited Liability Company (LLC). If the name on line 1 is an LLC treated as a partnership for U.S. federal tax purposes, check the “Limited liability company” box and enter “P” in the space provided. If the LLC has filed Form 8832 or 2553 to be taxed as a corporation, check the “Limited liability company” box and in the space provided enter “C” for C corporation or “S” for S corporation. If it is a single-member LLC that is a disregarded entity, do not check the “Limited liability company” box, instead check the first box in line 3 “Individual/sole proprietor or single-member LLC.” See our related blog, What tax classification should an LLC select?Other (see instructions) – This line should be used for classifications that are not listed such as nonprofits, governmental entities, etc.Line 4 – Exemptions: If you are exempt from backup withholding enter your exempt payee code in the first space. If you are exempt from FATCA reporting enter your exemption from FATCA reporting code in the second space. Generally, individuals (including sole proprietors) are not exempt from backup withholding. See the “Specific Instructions” for line 4 shown with Form W-9 for more detailed information on exemptions.Line 5 – Address: Enter your address (number, street, and apartment or suite number). This is where the requester of the Form W-9 will mail your information returns.Line 6 – City, state and ZIP: Enter your city, state and ZIP code.Line 7 – Account numbers: This is an optional field to list your account number(s) with the company requesting your W-9 such as a bank, brokerage or vendor. We recommend that you do not list any account numbers as you may have to provide additional W-9 forms for accounts you do not include.Requester’s name and address: This is an optional section you can use to record the requester’s name and address you sent your W-9 to.Part I – Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN): Enter in your taxpayer identification number here. This is typically a social security number for an individual or sole proprietor and an employer identification number for a company. See our blog, What is a TIN number?Part II – Certification: Sign and date your form.For additional information visit w9manager.com.
I received my late husband's W-9 form to fill out for what I believe were our stocks. How am I supposed to fill this out or am I even supposed to?
You do not sound as a person who handles intricasies of finances on daily basis, this is why you should redirect the qustion to your family’s tax professional who does hte filings for you.The form itself, W-9 form, is a form created and approved by the IRS, if that’s your only inquiry.Whether the form applies to you or to your husband’s estate - that’s something only a person familiar with the situation would tell you about, there is no generic answer to this.
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