Question: I was asked to obtain a Form W-9 for a new vendor, why?
Answer: The Form W-9 is now required for all new vendors to Smith College and for those vendors for whom we do not have the form on file. Smith College is required to report certain payments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This IRS form gathers all the pertinent information we need in order to comply with IRS regulations. Proper name, address and tax identification number submitted by the vendor ensure that we have the most accurate data in our vendor database.