General Tax Issues

Here, you will find key information related to the University’s legal name and tax status, access to the W-9 form, and a link to Princeton University tax information for public view. If you have questions or are seeking additional information, feel free to contact the Tax Department.

Tax Compliance FAQs

The tax filing process can be confusing, and Princeton University’s Office of Finance & Treasury is here to help you navigate this process.  Finance and Treasury has created a list of Tax Compliance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to clarify what tax forms you may receive, what income may be taxable, and where you can receive assistance in preparing your tax return. If you have further questions, please reach out to the Financial Service Center at finance@princeton.edu or 609-258-3080.

Princeton University Legal Name

The legal name of Princeton University is "The Trustees of Princeton University".

Princeton University Tax Exempt Status

Federal Taxes

The Trustees of Princeton University may be exempt from federal income tax as an educational institution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

State Taxes

In U.S. states, the University is exempt from state sales and use taxes on goods and services. When you make a purchase on behalf of the University, present the University’s exemption number printed on the front of your Departmental Credit card, or present the actual state exemption certificate. View for a list of states in which we have the exemption and the related certificate.

Tax Department Personnel

Find a list of contacts within the Tax Department.

W-9 Form

Access the W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification Form.

Tax Information for Public Review

The University makes several tax-related documents available for public review, including its most recent tax returns, our tax exemption determination letter from the IRS, our U.S. tax residency certificate, and our taxpayer identification number (W-9).
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