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1099-K, W-9 and W-8BEN information

Updated: Oct 18, 2013


  • Tax-related FAQs for Forms 1099-K, W-9 and W-8BEN

 

Will Eventbrite file a Form 1099-K with the IRS for me? Do I need to submit a Form W-9 or W-8BEN to Eventbrite? 

We are required by U.S. tax laws to file a Form 1099-K for our customers who are U.S. persons and have received more than $20,000 in gross sales (or the equivalent in a foreign currency) from Eventbrite— for events using our in-house credit card processing, not those using PayPal— and processed over 200 orders through Eventbrite for a calendar year.

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Note: As of 2013, if we do not receive this information by the time you exceed 200 orders, we must withhold on future payouts. If your account meets this threshold, we'll reach out to you by email and within your account with instructions on how to fill out a form W-9 or W-8BEN. If you do not receive an email from us or see a visible notification within your account, your account has not met the filing threshold. If you would like to submit this information in case you do meet the requirements for 1099-K filing, please visit the Taxpayer Information page within your Eventbrite Account section.

Also, if you’ve completed and submitted the form to us in 2011 or 2012, we will have a record of your W-9/W-8BEN and therefore will not reach out with any email or in-product prompts in reference to this new requirement. Thus, if you’ve received a notification from us requesting this information, please be sure to submit prior to January 1, 2013.
 

FAQs for those who received an email or lightbox notification
from Eventbrite about Form 1099-K


 

How will I know if my account has reached the order threshold and taxpayer information should be submitted?

We’ll be sure to notify you when various order thresholds are reached to assist with being proactive in collecting the information required by the IRS to generate a Form 1099-K. The notification triggers are as follows:

100 orders – An email will be sent to the Eventbrite account email address requesting Taxpayer Information be provided

125 orders – A lightbox notification will display on the My Events page when logged in to your account

201 orders – A second email will be sent to the Eventbrite account email address requesting Taxpayer Information be provided. Also, when this threshold is reached, we will display a lightbox notification at various touch points of your account when logged in

 

I received an email or notification when logged in to my account from Eventbrite requesting my taxpayer information. Now what do I do?

Go ahead and follow the instructions in the email you received from us or that displays in the lightbox notification when logged in to your account.

In order to determine if we need to file a Form 1099-K for you, we must first obtain Taxpayer Information from you in the form of a Form W-9 or Form W-8BEN, depending on your country of residency. If you are a U.S. resident you’ll be asked to complete a Form W-9. If you are a non-U.S. resident, you’ll be prompted to fill out a Form W-8BEN, and if you provide a valid W-8BEN, we'll have confirmation that you are a non-U.S. resident and therefore we won't submit a Form 1099-K on your behalf.

You can submit your taxpayer information under Account when logged in. For more general information about Form 1099-K reporting requirements, check out the official IRS page here.
 

FAQs about submitting Form W-9 to Eventbrite


 

I received an email or lightbox notification from Eventbrite regarding taxpayer information and am a U.S. resident. By when do I have to complete and return Form W-9?

We ask that you complete this form at your earliest convenience. The information within the form is required in order for us to issue you a Form 1099-K at the beginning of 2014 if you receive more than $20,000 in payouts from Eventbrite in the same calendar year.

 

What will I receive once I've submitted Form W-9?

Once you've successfully completed the form, you will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite. This email will include information about when you can expect to receive the Form 1099-K if you receive more than $20,000 in payouts from Eventbrite in the same calendar year.

 

What if I've been collecting money on behalf of a third party?

Eventbrite will issue you a Form 1099-K for all gross sales from your Eventbrite account. If you are collecting funds for a third party, please contact your tax advisor on how to report that to the IRS.

 

What happens if I do not complete the Form W-9?

If we do not receive a completed Form W-9, Eventbrite will not be able to complete and send you a Form 1099-K. Also, per new requirements, if your taxpayer information is not submitted prior to you exceeding 200 orders through Eventbrite for the events within your account, we will withhold on future payouts for your events until this information is submitted.

 

I made a mistake and submitted the wrong information on my Form W-9. How do I update my information?

If you would like to make an update to your Form W-9, you can log in to the Taxpayer Information section of your account here. Then click Update Information.

 

I've already submitted a Form W-9 to Eventbrite in years past. Do I have to submit one again?

If you've provided us a Form W-9 in the past and meet the threshold again this year, we will not ask you to fill out another one. If, for some reason, your taxpayer information has changed and you would like to submit an updated Form W-9, you can log in to the Taxpayer Information section of your account here. Then click Update Information.

 

I have more questions. Who can I talk to about this?

Our Customer Support team is happy to any answer questions you may have about the Form W-9 process as it relates to your Eventbrite account. You can contact us here.
 

FAQs about submitting Form W-8BEN to Eventbrite


 

I received an email from Eventbrite regarding taxpayer information and am not a U.S. resident. By when do I have to complete and return Form W-8BEN?

The information within the form is required in order for us to determine whether you will receive a Form 1099-K at the beginning of 2014. We ask that you complete this form prior to you exceeding 200 orders through Eventbrite for the events within your account as we will withhold on future payouts for your events until this information is submitted.

 

What will I receive once I've submitted Form W-8BEN?

Once you've successfully completed the form, you will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite.

 

What happens if I do not complete the Form W-8BEN?

If we do not receive a completed W-8BEN, Eventbrite will be unable to determine whether you are exempt from the IRS reporting requirements and will be forced to issue you a Form 1099-K. Also, per new requirements, if your taxpayer information is not submitted prior to you exceeding 200 orders processed through Eventbrite for the events within your account, we will withhold on future payouts for your events until this information is submitted.

 

I made a mistake and submitted the wrong information on my Form W-8BEN. How do I update my information?

If you would like to make an update to your Form W-8BEN, you can log in to the Taxpayer Information section of your account here. Then click Update Information.

 

I have more questions. Who can I talk to about this?

Our Customer Support team is happy to any answer questions you may have about the Form W-8BEN process as it relates to your Eventbrite account. You can contact us here.

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