Emma Levy

Emma is a Product Manager for ONESOURCE Identity W-8 / W-9, and is based in London. She has been part of Identity W-8 / W-9 team since the product’s inception in 2006 and launch in 2008. Identity W-8 / W-9 focuses on collating and maintaining documentation such as forms W-8 & W-9 electronically. Emma joined Deloitte in 2006, and transitioned to Thomson Reuters with the acquisition of the ABACUS business in October 2009. She has previously worked in the Share Plan (a Qualified Intermediary) and Pharmaceutical industries. Emma is a Prince 2 (practitioner) project manager and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Media Technology.

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New W-9 (Rev. Dec 2011) Released

Over the past nine months, the IRS received multiple complaints about the recently released W-9 (Rev. Jan 2011). Criticism centered on the tax classification area, where the word, required, was added. This led filers to believe that the tax classification section was mandatory, where, in fact, it is not. Due to the high number of complaints, the IRS released a … Read More

QIs Have No Choice with Regard to FATCA

In last week’s EEI conference, it was announced that Qualified Intermediaries (QIs) will have no choice but to register to become a Participating Foreign Financial Institution (PFFI). This announcement came as quite a shock to some of the QIs that attended the Washington event, who assumed that they have the choice of becoming a non-participating … Read More

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Positive Future Changes for the W-8BEN

In last week’s EEI conference, Michael Danilack, Deputy Commissioner at the IRS, announced some positive changes for those having to collect and audit the W-8BEN. The term he used was “clearing the underbrush” which, in essence, means that the IRS is aware that they have been too strict on the validation rules of the W-8BEN in … Read More

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What Is a MOU in Relation to Electronic Forms W-8 and W-9?

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action. It is often used in cases where parties either do not imply a legal commitment or in situations where the parties cannot create … Read More

IRS Agrees to the Use of a Substitute W-8BEN for Internal Revenue Code Section 6050W

IRS Notice 2011-71 simplifies payee documentation rules for payments from an offshore payer settled to an offshore account and permits substitute forms in lieu of Form W-8BEN. Background of Section 6050W Section 6050W — added to the Code by the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008 (Pub. L. No. 110-289) — requires annual information returns … Read More

Banks “Starting to Panic” over FATCA

Risk.net recently released an article stating that banks are now starting to panic over FATCA. According to the European Banking Federation (EBF) and the Institute of International Bankers (IIB), it has been estimated that large banks will have to spend in the region of $250 million each to contact clients and overhaul computer systems … Read More