I have a general tax question regarding US taxes. It seems to only be a problem for one client.
- I am a freelance web developer
- I file my taxes as self-employed.
- I claim all my income on 1099.
I have a client currently who wants my Social Security #. He did not have me fill out a W-9, when starting work with him, nor did he send me a 1099.
However, he seems to think that it is necessary to have my Social Security #, or Tax Payer ID to do his taxes. This is the only client that seems to think this way. I myself hire freelancers and just claim their wages as an business expense.
It is my understanding that a Social Security #, Tax ID is not necessary unless you are freelancing for an incorporated identity, or your 'employer' is withholding taxes for you.
How do other freelancers handle this situation?