Tax Compliance

The mission of UC Tax Compliance is to serve students, staff, faculty, and others by providing accurate, timely, and useful tax-related documents and information.

University Hall, Suite 500
51 Goodman Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Phone: 513-556-2524
Fax: 513-556-2504

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Edward Bower

Director, Business Affairs

(513) 556-2524

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Jennifer Morrison

Tax Compliance Analyst Sr

(513) 556-4510


1098-T forms for 2020 are now availablie in Catalyst. If you have any questions, please contact One Stop Student Services.


Personal Services Contracts (PSCs)

UC accepts Personal Services Contracts (PSCs) and the following related forms by electronic submission through the PSC Portal:

  • Contractor Status Questionaires (CSQ's)
  • OPERS Independent Contractor/Worker Acknowledgement (Form PEDACKN)
  • STRS Determination of STRS Ohio Membership for Contracted Services

All forms, with the sole exception of the OPERS PEDACKN form may be signed electronically.

The PSC - The Quick Start Guide contains detailed instructions.


Information Regarding Form W-9: Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification

IRS Form W-9 is often used by individuals and business entities to certify their US Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and their status as a "US person" including US-based business entities.

Outside parties often request written certification of the university's legal name and federal Taxpayer Identification Number.  We typically fulfill these requests by providing the requester with a signed copy of IRS Form W-9, completed with UC's data.

Vendors and suppliers may download a copy of UC's Form W-9 (2020). This copy contains the mailing address of the Office of the Treasurer. If you would like a signed W-9 but would like to fill in your department's address, please contact the Office of the Treasurer at (513) 556-4510.


Information Regarding Form W-8 for Foreign Payees

If you or your business entity is not a "US person", then you or your business entity can not use Form W-9.  Instead, please complete:

For foreign individuals:

Please use the current version of Form W-8BEN the IRS Instructions which are also available on IRS website.

Form W-8BEN is only to be used by foreign individuals who are not resident aliens for tax purposes.  Foreign business entities must use Form W-8BEN-E.

If not otherwise directed, submit your Form W-8BEN to us at:

University of Cincinnati
Tax Compliance Office
PO Box 210641
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0641

Additional guidance for Forms W-8BEN submitted to UC includes:
PART/LINE # ITEM INSTRUCTIONS
Line 1 Name of Individual Please enter your individual name.
Line 2 Country of Citizenship If you are a citizen of both the United States and another country, do not use this form.  Use Form W-9 instead, as a US citizen.
Line 3 Permanent residence address Enter your physical address in the country where you are a tax resident.  Do not enter a Post Office Box or its equivalent.
Line 4 Mailing address, if different This may be a US address, and may be a Post Office Box or its equivalent.
Line 5 US Taxpayer Identification Number

If you have a US SSN, enter that.

If you do not have a US SSN and are not eligible to get one, you can enter your active IRS-issued ITIN here.

If you do not have either a US SSN or an ITIN, then leave line 5 blank. 

Do not enter a Canadian Social Insurance Number here.

Line 6 Foreign tax identifying number You may enter your tax identifying number from your home country here, including a Canadian Social Insurance Number.
Line 8 Date of birth Please enter your date of birth in the format MM-DD-YYYY.
Part II -- Claim of Tax Treaty Benefits
 

If you will receive payments from UC, and you are eligible for reduced US tax withholding on those payments under the terms of a tax treaty between the US and your country of tax residence, then complete Part II.

On line 9, enter the name of your country of tax residence.

On line 10, enter:

  • The number of the treaty's Article and/or Paragraph which authorizes the benefits you are claiming. 
  • The reduced withholding rate (%) that applies in your situation.
  • The type of income UC pays that qualifies for the treaty benefit (for example, Scholarship income).
Part III -- Certification
  Sign and print your name, and add the date, on the applicable lines.

For foreign business entities:

Please use the current version of Form W-8BEN-E and IRS Instructions, which are also available on the IRS website.

Form W-8BEN-E is only to be used by foreign business entities.  Foreign individuals who are not resident aliens for US tax purposes must use Form W-8BEN.

If not otherwise directed, submit your Form W-8BEN-E to us at:

University of Cincinnati
Tax Compliance Office
PO Box 210641
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0641

A Word of Caution and Encouragement -- The IRS Form W-8BEN-E is rather long, with 8 pages containing 30 parts.  Don't worry, you will only have to complete a few specific sections, and the vast majority of this form will not apply to you at all.  See our guidance below.

Additional guidance for Forms W-8BEN-E submitted to UC includes:
PART/LINE #
ITEM INSTRUCTIONS
Line 1 Name of Organization Enter the entity's legal name.
Line 2 Country of incorporation or organization Enter the entity's home country.  This can not be the US.
Line 3 Name of disregarded entity, if applicable This does not apply to most UC payees.  See the IRS Instructions if you have questions.
Line 4 Chapter 3 status / Entity Type
You must check the box that represents your classification under US (not home country) tax principles.  For most UC payees, this will be Corporation.
Line 5 Chapter 4 status / FATCA status

This sections uses a lot of terms that are unfamiliar to most people.

The vast majority of UC payees, conducting business activities, should check the box marked Active NFFE, near the end of the list.  Then, flip forward to Part XXV (on page 7), and check the box on line 39.

Line 6 Permanent residence address Enter your physical address in the country where you are a tax resident.  Do not enter a Post Office Box or its equivalent.
Line 7 Mailing address, if different This may be a US address, and may be a Post Office Box or its equivalent.
Line 8 US Taxpayer Identification Number

If you have a US Employer Identification Number (EIN), enter that.

If you do not have a US EIN, then leave line 5 blank. 

Do not enter a Canadian Social Insurance Number here.

Line 9a GIIN This will not apply to most UC payees.  This only applies to entities that have registered with IRS specifically for FATCA (Chapter 4) purposes.
Line 9b Foreign TIN You may enter the entity's tax identifying number from its home country here.
Part III -- Claim of Tax Treaty Benefits
  You only need to complete Part III if you are claiming reduced US tax withholding under the terms of a tax treaty between the US and the entity's country of tax residence.
Part XXX -- Certification
  Sign and print your name.  Enter the date.  Check the box certifying your individual authority to sign for the entity.