How to create and sign a W-9 form online

It is required for contractors, part-time employees, and freelancers to complete the IRS W-9 form before being legally contracted by an employer or company.

Prior to submitting your W-9 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it needs your signature. Signing your W-9 online is easy.

For your reference, here is a sample of a blank W-9 form.

The W-9 form is standard for contract workers, freelance personnel, and workers in the on-demand industry, all of whom are required to complete and sign the form as a part of onboarding.

These forms are a vital part of working on a contract basis, and understanding how to fill them out online will reduce the hassle of onboarding and save you and your new employer a tremendous amount of time.

Let’s walk through the steps of how to fill these forms out electronically.

Step 1. Download a blank W-9 and save it to your device

Most employers will provide you with a blank W-9 as a part of standard onboarding.

Step 2. Upload the blank W-9 to your PandaDoc dashboard

  • You will need to upload a blank W-9 document to your PandaDoc account to begin filling it out online.
  • If you don’t already have one,create a PandaDoc account to upload your W-9 and get started.
Upload the blank W 9 to your PandaDoc dashboard
  • Once you’ve signed into your PandaDoc account, click the green New Document button in the upper right-hand corner of your browser. 
  • Select Upload to save your blank W-9 to your account.

You may drop your blank W-9 form into the designated space of your browser window, or locate the file on your computer and upload your form.

Upload the blank W 9 to your PandaDoc dashboard

PandaDoc allows you to connect your Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, or OneDrive accounts to upload your blank W-9 document.

Upload the blank W 9 to your PandaDoc dashboard

You will be prompted from your PandaDoc dashboard to indicate which files to transfer from one of these document sources.

Follow the prompts to connect your preferred document source and upload your W-9 document.

Note: PandaDoc will only access the documents you choose to upload to your PandaDoc account.

Step 3. Use the Fields pane on the right side of the browser window to fill out your W-9

  • Quickly fill out the document with the tools provided in the Fields pane to the right of your browser window.
Use the FIELDS pane on the right side of the browser window to fill out your W-9

The tools found here are designed and organized to allow you to quickly input the required personal information for any standard forms like the W-9.

These fillable fields include formatting options text and electronic signature fields as well as checkboxes, etc.

Because the W-9 requires information to be provided in different formats as you fill out the document, PandaDoc is designed to accommodate each detail.

  • Simply click and drag the selected where need it for the field you are on.

No need to worry if you drop a tool incorrectly on the form, you can move anything you add to a document by dragging it to the desired location.

  • Text fields: Enter information such as your name, your mailing address, your social security number, and any business names which you intend to use for tax purposes, etc.
Use the FIELDS pane on the right side of the browser window to fill out your W-9

Note: You can drag the white circles in the corner of the text box to adjust the size of the text field.

  • Check marks: Drag check marks onto the W-9 where applicable. Use this tool to select what kind of federal tax classification you use for your contract work (individual/sole-proprietorship, C corporation, limited liability corporation, etc.).
Use the FIELDS pane on the right side of the browser window to fill out your W-9

These tools guide you through filling out your W-9 quickly and easily.

Step 4. How to sign your W-9 form online

The final step in filling out a W-9 online is signing the W-9 form. PandaDoc’s signature tool allows you to create a legally binding signature that you can type, upload, or draw.

  • Upload your W-9 signature from an image file on your device or sign your W-9 with a finger using your touch screen or mouse.
  • Drag the Signature tool onto your document and double-click in the box it creates to select the signature type you prefer.
How to sign your W-9 form online
  • When you are satisfied with your signature as it appears on your screen, click the green Accept and sign button.
How to sign your W-9 form online
  • To populate the date field next to the signature on your W-9, drag the Date tool onto your document. Double-click within the field to select the date of signature from the calendar.

The pop-up calendar will always open on the current month.

How to sign your W-9 form online

Step 5. Complete and submit your finished W-9

You still need to submit a completed and signed W-9 to your new employer in order to be paid.

  • Click the green Complete button on the right side of your browser window.
Complete and submit your finished W-9

PandaDoc will verify that you have finished the W-9, then let you choose where to download the completed form W-9 directly to your computer so that you can send it to your new employer.

Complete and submit your finished W-9

Alternatively, you can send your completed and signed form W-9 to your employer directly through PandaDoc.

  • On the right of your browser window, locate the Recipients button which for adding entities to which you’ll send your signed W-9.
  • Add a recipient by clicking in the text field at the top of the Recipients pane and then clicking Add new contact.
  • You will be prompted to enter their name and email address.
  • Click the green Add button to add the record and automatically submit the form to your recipient.
Complete and submit your finished W-9

Anyone added to the recipient’s list of your document automatically receives the form in his or her email; there is no further action needed.

Complete and submit your finished W-9

You’re finished! Ready to get your W-9 signed so you can be paid?

To start getting paid as a contract worker, create a PandaDoc account, then complete and sign your W-9 tax form online.

Employing contractors? Sign in to your PandaDoc account to have online W-9 forms prepared for your independent contractors. Let’s get to work!

PandaDoc gets your important business documents signed faster. End-to-end integration with 3rd-party apps and detailed document analytics means convenient and accurately documented information accessible whenever you need it.