By Roger Chartier

W8BEN and W8 Instructions

Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding

Here, we find a partial overview of the form requirements and instructions for the user and for the requester.
Download the Form W-8ben
Download Instructions for the W-8BEN

Foreign persons are subject to a 30% U.S. tax on income that they get for U.S. sources that consist of:

If a person has changed their name due to marriage etc., that person should see the instructions on the download able form for what to do in that instance. For a sole proprietor, enter the individual name just as was done on the name line of the income tax return. A person may add their business, trade or DBA name on the "Business name/disregarded entity name" line. Those who are a US citizen or a resident alien would use the Form W-9.

You are asked to sign and date the form under penalties of perjury.