The University of Chicago

Financial Services

  

Legal Services

*Approval Required for all Legal Service Payments from Office of Legal Counsel*

According to University Financial Policy No. 2705, Retention of Outside Counsel:

Payment for Services Performed in the United States

Payments made to attorneys or corporations for legal services, regardless of dollar amount, which have been provided in the United States, must be reported to the Internal Revenue Services on IRS Form 1099MISC.

Payments for Service performed in Foreign Countries

US Citizens, Permanent Residents, or Resident Aliens for tax purposes - According to IRS regulations, services performed by a US Citizen or US Resident Alien in a foreign country, regardless of dollar amount, are both taxable and reportable. For example, if a US Citizen performs legal services for your department while in France, The University would be required to report the individual's income and present the worker with an IRS Form 1099MISC at calendar year end.

Nonresident Aliens - According to IRS regulations, payments to Nonresident Aliens are neither taxable nor reportable provided that ALL of the legal services were performed by the individual outside of the United States. For example, if a French citizen performs a service for your department in any foreign country, the individual will not receive any IRS tax documents from The University regardless of the amount paid to the individual.

Required Payment Forms

Payments to US Citizens and Corporations

  1. Submit through ePayment 
  2. IRS Form W-9, Request For Taxpayer Identification Number
  3. Invoice from the Attorney or Legal Firm

Payments to Permanent Resident

  1. Submit through ePayment 
  2. IRS Form W-9, Request For Taxpayer Identification Number
  3. Copy of Permanent Resident or Resident Alien card or copy of the I-551 Stamp that is printed on the applicant's passport
  4. Invoice from the Attorney or Legal Firm

Payments to Residents Aliens, for Tax Purposes and Nonresident Aliens

  1. Submit through ePayment 
  2. IRS Form W-8BEN (individuals), or Form W-8BEN-E(entity) Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding
  3. Form UPP 192, Alien Determination of Residency Form
  4. Invoice from the Attorney or Legal Firm

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