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Working Under a Stealth Name...W9 Time Now?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by idontlose, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. idontlose

    idontlose Newbie

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    So I was an online tutor for a company and worked with them for 6 months then out of the clear blue they decided to terminate me for alleged TOS violations that didn't occur. They are a horrible company to work for, they have no working phone number for tutor support and ignore all emails. I even reached out to the CEO and he blocked me. They are a joke! Look at all the negative reviews they have online. However, given that I was making $20/hr and very good at tutoring, I decided to make a new account with stealth info. So I have done this and made nearly $400 and they are requesting me to fill out a w9. I'm not sure what to do here. I think there are only 2 options:

    Either provide my real info. which I have no problem doing as I intend to pay taxes on this income, however, then the names wouldn't match since the new account is under a stealth name and I don't know what type of problems could arise from that. Also, they already have a w9 on file for my first account with them with my real info, so I would get two w9's if I used my real info, also not sure what type of problems could arise from that. But I don't really like this idea or worrying about the unknown.

    The other option is to create a new stealth account again realizing I will only be able to make $400 per account. I know this looks like I'm doing it to avoid taxes and I'm afraid that's what they would think if they were to ever catch on, but that is not the case. I am working legally to make money to pay bills and pay off my debt as opposed to doing something illegal. I would of course report all of this as misc. income when I file my taxes if I do it this way. I think this is the best option but it's also very burdening.

    Please advise with any insight here. Thank you