W8BEN Form Filling Guide

If you’re a non US citizen, and you are be required to fill up the W-8BEN form and mail or fax the form over.

So first things first, you can download the W-8BEN form at the IRS website here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw8ben.pdf (this link allows you to SAVE the data for later FYI)

Instructions for W-8Ben located here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/iw8ben.pdf

For non US citizens, there are just a few fields you need to fill, namely for :
1) Your name in full
2) Your country
3) Type of owner – if you’re an individual than tick “individual”
4) Your address
9) Tick the box [a] for “The beneficial owner is a resident of….” and input your country’s name in the empty field.
Check appendix 1. If your  country is NOT on this list, do not tick this box.
Ignore the rest (b-e), as in all likelihood you and your country has no tax treaty with the United States.
11) Tick the box for -“I have provided or will provide a statement that identifies those notational principal contracts…
Sign at the bottom and input the date (month-day-year format).

Here is a bigger picture of the form and the areas to fill; if you need to view how it is done.

Appendix 1 – List of countries with a Tax Treaty with the US

Armenia     Finland     Latvia          Slovenia

Australia    France      Lithuania    South Africa

Austria       Georgia     Luxembourg       Spain

Azerbaijan Germany Mexico         Sri Lanka

Bangladesh Greece     Moldova      Sweden

Barbados    Hungary  Morocco      Switzerland

Belarus        Iceland     Netherlands    Tajikistan

Belgium      India          New Zealand    Thailand

Bulgaria     Indonesia       Norway        Trinidad

Canada       Ireland       Pakistan            Tunisia

China          Israel          Philippines       Turkey

Cyprus       Italy Jamaica   Poland      Turkmenistan

CzechRepublic     Japan     Portugal    Ukraine

Denmark    Kazakhstan      Romania    United Kingdom

Egypt          Korea                 Russia           Uzbekistan

Estonia      Kyrgyzstan      Slovak Republic       Venezuela

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2 Responses to "W8BEN Form Filling Guide"

  1. rj crz says:

    Not its clear. It greatly helps the content publishers filling out this form.

  2. Joni says:

    Thank you so much!

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