I started a venture last year, and now for the first time I'm having to deal with taxes related to the startup. As my tax accountant informed me, I need to send those who made over $600 W9 forms (request for personal information and identification). Most of them can fill out the PDF form inside Adobe Acrobat and digitally sign but can't sign using their actual signature without printing and scanning.
My question is: is it OK to have them digitally sign it instead? As far as I understand, W9s are for my record, but what happens if IRS does an audit? Will they be OK with a digital signature?t