April 24, 2013 at 10:34 am #8991iEnvisionMember
Is there a way to require a Social Security Number when an affiliate signs up?April 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm #55298
Yes it is possible to do that with a little tweak but you probably should think again to make sure you really want to do that.
When you collect that information, there is no way to verify the number is correct. Furthermore, the SSA has very specific guidance for the proper use of SSN by non-government agencies.
You also become liable for damages resulting from improper handling of personal information, should your site be hacked. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) supports the use of litigation as a means of punishing businesses for mishandling personal information; in that it would force the development of better security practices.
WordPress lacks the necessary safeguards to protect this kind of sensitive information.June 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm #55299PosturallyMember
Along those lines, how do I know if I need to require a tax id from my affiliates? Is there a reason I’d ask for it? Or can the affiliate relationship proceed without my having their tax id?
Thanks.June 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm #55300
In the United States we have a “voluntary” tax reporting system. What that means is, unless the IRS specifically requires you the payer, to report payments made to specific payees; it is on the payee to report that they received payments from you, as income.
So unless you plan to send out 1090-MISC forms to your affiliates; the answer is “no.”
And since a Tax-ID number is essentially indistinguishable from a Social Security Number, the same advice I gave concerning SSN applies.June 18, 2014 at 2:50 am #55301PosturallyMember
Thank you!March 16, 2015 at 10:07 pm #55302v2_incMember
Thanks for keeping this thread open. Since we are not sending 1090-MISC forms, we do not want to have to deal with the specific guidance or become liable for damages resulting from improper handling of personal information, should your site be hacked.
How do er remove the SSN field all together from the Affiliate portal so no data can be entered/stored?
ThanksMarch 17, 2015 at 12:29 am #55303adminKeymaster
Go to the affiliate plugin settings and check the “Hide the Tax ID / SSN Field” field and save it.March 23, 2015 at 10:14 pm #55304v2_incMember
Thanks, I just went to WP Affiliate>Settings and did not find anything on the page labeled “Hide the Tax ID / SSN Field”. I’m running WP Affiliate Platform Settings v 22.214.171.124March 23, 2015 at 10:34 pm #55305adminKeymaster
We added this option recently. Please do the following:June 24, 2016 at 6:33 pm #55306RackAbilitiesMember
Hello! As v2_inc mentioned previously, thank you again for keeping this thread open.
“..unless the IRS specifically requires you the payer, to report payments made to specific payees..”
When it comes to taxes, I know practically nothing at all. Besides hiring a tax expert, how do we figure out the situations where the IRS would specifically require us to report payments? Do you know of any good resources where I can answer this question quickly?
I will be marketing a website that will be selling and shipping tangible products to consumers in the US.
Thank you very much for any help and suggestions you can provide!June 24, 2016 at 9:53 pm #55307
Besides hiring a tax expert, how do we figure out the situations where the IRS would specifically require us to report payments?
In the United States, we have a “Voluntary (LOL)” tax reporting system. That means; unless you, the payer receive a reporting notice or regulatory demand from the IRS, it is up to the payee to voluntarily report their income. That’s what did Al Capone in… he failed to voluntarily report his illegal income
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