For tax compliance, we are required to collect taxpayer information from all shop owners. This allows us to provide an account of your yearly earnings each year. This is a required step in setting up your shop to receive payments.
Visit your Shop Settings to submit your taxpayer information.
If you need advice on your taxes or reporting your income, we encourage you to consult a tax professional.
- Why is Shapeways asking for my taxpayer information?
For US tax compliance, we are required to collect taxpayer information from all US and non-US shop owners who have earned money through Shapeways. Even if you are not a US tax payer, we will need documentation to confirm that you are not subject to US taxes.
With the form that you submit, we will be able to determine your tax status and provide tax forms as needed to summarize your yearly earnings from Shapeways.
We are partnering with Avalara CertCapture to securely collect your information. You will receive more information once you begin entering in your information. Go to your Shop Settings to submit your taxpayer information.
- What form will I be filling out?
There are four different types of tax forms that ask for information about you and your tax status. You will complete one of them depending on your tax classification. Learn about the IRS definition of US tax classifications.
All US persons will fill out a W-9 form. With this form, we’ll be able to provide a 1099-MISC form in January, which will document your yearly earnings from Shapeways if your earnings are greater than $600 in the past year.
If you are not a US person, but you do have a Taxpayer Identification number (or a Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number), you will fill out a W-8ECI form. (1042-S form showing any US sourced earnings, no threshold)
All others non-US persons will fill out a W-8BEN. These forms are needed to confirm that the earnings you make through Shapeways are not subject to tax.
Before entering your information, we will ask you questions to guide you to the right form. However, if you still have questions about which tax form you should be filling out, please consult a tax professional who can help to clarify your status.
- What is Avalara CertCapture?
Avalara CertCapture is a company that specializes in collecting and storing sensitive documentation for purposes like taxpayer information. We are working with them to store your private information securely. Once you’re ready to start your tax forms, we will email you your login credentials to access the Avalara CertCapture web portal.
Once you log into the portal, you will be asked to verify your Shapeways billing address before answering a few questions that will help us direct you to the proper form.
- Can I get a copy of the form that I submit?
After you complete the form, you can download a PDF of the form from the dashboard screen.
We recommend that you save a copy for your records.
- My personal information has changed. How do I re-submit my form?
Simply access the Avalara CertCapture web portal again and edit your form. If you need your login credentials, visit your Shop Settings to send yourself the login credentials again.
- What happens if I don’t complete the forms?
We started collecting taxpayer information on August 6, 2019 and will provide until October 10, 2019 to submit your taxpayer information. Starting with the October 15, 2019 pay cycle, submitting your taxpayer information is required to be eligible for markup payments.
If we do not have a valid form on file, or if you are ineligible for other reasons, then we will defer your payments for that pay cycle. Once all information is complete, we will issue your payment in the next pay cycle. Read more about all payment eligibility requirements.