Guide for Foreign Entities

Definition

You have identified as a Foreign Entity because you are a business that was formed and registered outside of the United States as demonstrated by your tax documentation and you are being paid as a foreign business/entity. This guide provides clear information on how to complete the supplier registration process for Foreign Entities, as well as how to modify your company information when needed. 

How does the process work?

To become a University of South Alabama supplier, please request a supplier invitation from the department to whom you will be providing goods or services. You will receive an email notification inviting you to register as a new University of South Alabama payee.

Once you receive the invitation, you will first create a PaymentWorks account and then complete the University of South Alabama registration. University of South Alabama will then verify the information you submitted. If at any point you have questions, please contact us at vendor_onboarding@southalabama.edu. We will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Follow the instructions below to create your PaymentWorks account. If you already have a PaymentWorks account, skip to step 3 to complete the University of South Alabama Registration form.

STEP 1: Gather Information

DESCRIPTION REQUIRED OPTIONAL
TIN Type: Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or Foreign Tax ID X  
Business Legal Name  X  
Tax Number X  
Tax Classification Other Description X  
W-8BEN-E X  
DUNS Number   X
Business Name or DBA (Doing Business As) X  
Business Telephone Number X  
Preferred Email X  
Website   X
Description of Goods or Services X  
Primary Full Business Address X  
Remittance Address X  
Supplier Category    
Conflict of Interest Information X  
Payment / Banking Information X  
Accounts Receivable Contact Information X  

If your country does not require a Foreign Tax ID Number, please contact vendor_onboarding@southalabama.edu to receive a unique identifier.

STEP 2: Create a PaymentWorks Account

  1. Click on the link listed in the email invitation, which will take you to the PaymentWorks platform. 
  2. Click on Join Now
  3. Enter the following information for the person creating the account:
    • First name
    • Last name
    • Company name
    • Title
    • Phone number
    • Email address: using a generic email address is strongly recommended. This will be your PaymentWorks login credentials.
    • Password
  4. Click on Join Now.
  5. Confirm your email address using the instructions in the activation email sent by PaymentWorks.
  6. Click on Sign In.
  7. Log in with your newly created PaymentWorks credentials. This will bring you to the University of South Alabama registration form. 

 

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A NOTE ABOUT EMAIL ADDRESSES
We strongly recommended using a generic or group email address to create your account. This address should be associated with your Accounts Receivable department. This best practice is important because the email address you use to create your PaymentWorks account can only be associated with one account and it may not be used to register subsequent accounts. 

This is especially important during employee transitions. 

Using a generic email address will prevent future difficulties and payment delays. 

STEP 3: Complete the University of South Alabama Registration form

  1. Log into PaymentWorks with your credentials. 
  2. Click on the Connect tab.
  3. Use the information collected during step 1 to enter your information on the University of South Alabama Registration form.
  4. Select a payment method from these options:
    • Wire
  5. Click on Submit.

Vendor Help

TOPIC RESOURCES
Account Help Connecting as New Vendor
Locating Your NVR
Banking Help Bank Validation Documentation
International Bank Account Number (IBAN) in PaymentWorks
Bank Validation Call From PW
Support Help How to Contact PaymentWorks Support
Tax Help Tax Information Help
How To Fill Out Tax Forms and Upload To PaymentWorks Account
Updates Help Updating Company info 
Editing Bank Account and Remittance Information

Additional Guidance

TOPIC TOPIC
Email PaymentWorks allows only one account per email address. If you have a large umbrella company, different accounts need to be created for each company under that umbrella.
Invoices Submit invoices to your University of South Alabama department, not through PaymentWorks.
Payment If you are receiving an honorarium, register as yourself, not your company.
Payment is not disbursed through PaymentWorks. It is a tool to collect vendor information, and update as needed.
Updates Contact supplier onboarding if updating TIN, Legal Name in PaymentWorks. We need to verify this information.
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ANOTHER NOTE ABOUT EMAIL ADDRESSES
If you are registering a business, it is highly encouraged to add additional users to your account. 

If you create an account with a different email address than the one the invite was sent to, please email us at vendor_onboarding@southalabama.edu to let us know.