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Entities must use Form W-8BEN-E. Go to www.irs.gov/FormW8BEN for instructions and the latest information. Give this form to the withholding agent or payer. W-8BEN-E You are a beneficial owner claiming that income is effectively connected with the conduct of trade or business within the U.S. other than personal services. Form W-8BEN Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting Individuals Rev. July 2017 OMB No. 1545-1621 For use by...
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Who Fills out Form W-8BEN?

This US Internal Revenue Service form is fully called the Certificate of Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (Individuals). It must be filled out by foreign individuals for documenting their foreign status and claiming any applicable treaty benefits for the purposes described in chapter 3. Yet, it must be mentioned that the form is applicable only in case a tax treaty between the foreigner’s country of origin and the United Stated has been signed. A tax treaty guarantees a reduced rate or exemption from withholding of all or certain items of income if the payer of the income is properly notified.

Is Form W-8BEN Accompanied by any other Documents?

So far as the form is filled out when a withholding agent asks the foreign individual about it, the accompanying documents can be requested at their discretion. Typically form W-8BEN is submitted along with form W-8 ( Certificate of Foreign Status).

When is Form W-8BEN Due?

As it has been mentioned, the form is filled out only upon request, which is always made prior to the payment.

How do I Fill out Form W-8BEN?

The IRS provides comprehensive instructions on filling out the form at their website that can be referred to in case you face any difficulties with the fillable document.

In any case, the one-page form is very straightforward and asks for the following details:

  • Personal information about the owner (name, citizenship, residence address, SSN or ITIN, DOB, etc.);
  • Claim of tax treaty benefits;
  • Certification (the date, name and signature of the beneficial owner).

Where do I file Form W-8BEN?

The filled out document must be directed to the requestor of the form.

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Today we're going to talk about IRS Form w8 then certificate of foreign status of beneficial owner for United States withholding and reporting for individuals the primary purpose of Form w8 been is to establish that an individual is a foreign person that is not a u.s. person it is a relatively short form only one page long although the primary purpose of the form is to certify the foreign status of the individual the form can also be used to claim treaty benefits in part to w8 Ben should only be used for individuals and not for entities entities must fill out w8 Ben II as shown here and as shown here the term beneficial owner essentially means the owner of the income being received and that that person is not a nominee or an intermediary the terminology can get a little confusing because the person making the payment usually has a deductible expense and does not have income however it is income to the foreign recipient or the foreign beneficial owner the u.s. imposes a 30 percent withholding tax on certain types of payments of US sourced income to foreign persons the payor of the income is obligated to withhold u.s. tax unless an exception applies the payor is referred to as a withholding agent because the payor may need to withhold u.s. tax the typical types of income that are subject to the withholding tax include dividends interest rents royalties and compensation for services however it is important to remember that it is only us source income that is subject to the 30% withholding tax in particular with regard to services if the payment is being made for services that take place entirely outside the US then the income is not considered us source income and the 30% withholding tax simply does not apply however it gets much more complicated if any of the services are performed in the US these withholding rules can get a little tricky however because you may be making a payment to an individual outside the US that happens to be a US citizen for payments to u.s. citizens you are typically required to send them a 1099 reporting the payment to the IRS in that case you ask the recipient for a form w-9 and forum w8 and then on the form w-9 they certify that they are a u.s. person and they provide their US taxpayer identification number so that you can file the form 1099 payments to US persons can be subject to a 28 percent backup withholding if they don't provide their US taxpayer identification numbers so it is important to understand that payments to US persons and payments to non-us persons can both be subject to potential withholding tax so how do you determine if an individual is a foreign person well you ask them to fill out a form w8 Ben where they sign certifying at the bottom they certify that they are not a US person if a person files form w8 Ben's certifying that they're not a US person and the circumstances change then the beneficial owner needs to notify the withholding agent within 30 days of the change in circumstances for example if...