I am getting most of my information from this page: http://www.kahnlitwin.com/blogs/tax-blog/form-1099-requirements-for-foreign-workers
I pay both US citizens and non-US citizens as independent contractors. For the US citizens, I gather that normally I would need to send out 1099-MISC forms, but since I make all payments via PayPal such reporting is not required, because should it be necessary PayPal will submit 1099-K forms.
Given that all payments are made through PayPal, do I still need W-8BEN forms from people who are non-US citizens and are located outside of the US? Or is this also negated via paying people electronically?
Assuming I am required to collect W-8BEN forms from my non-US payees, how do I know which of my payees I should require to give me such forms? Do I need to demand proof-of-US-citizenship from all of my payees and then require W-8BEN forms from any who cannot (or choose not to) prove that they have US citizenship?
If at all possible, I would like to avoid learning things like social security numbers.