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New W-8BEN and W-8BEN-E Forms: Drafts Released by the IRS

New W-8BEN and W-8BEN-E Forms: Drafts Released by the IRS

Take a look at the future of Form W-8 documentation: the new draft Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding (Individual), is on display at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/formw8benindividualexecirculation2.pdf, and a draft of the all-new Form W-8BEN-E, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding (Entities), is posted … Read More

Paying Foreign Employees Part 6: Income Reporting

Paying Foreign Employees Part 6: Income Reporting

Wages paid to foreign employees are reported on Form W-2 with the following exceptions: Treaty-exempt wages of nonresident employees are reported on Form 1042-S Wages paid to H-2A Agricultural Workers (both residents and nonresidents) are reported on Form 1099 MISC if the amount paid during the calendar year equals or exceeds $600 Wages paid … Read More

FATCA Public Hearing: Requests for Postponement of Effective Dates but No Immediate IRS Response

FATCA Public Hearing: Requests for Postponement of Effective Dates but No Immediate IRS Response

The IRS public hearing on the proposed regulations for FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), REG-121647-10, was held on May 15, 2012. More than 20 speakers were on the agenda, and 199 comment letters received by the IRS were posted online at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;dct=O%252BSR%252BPS;rpp=25;po=0;D=IRS-2012-0009 (or see http://www.regulations.gov/ for Docket ID IRS-2012-0009). FATCA law established a new Chapter … Read More

U.S. or Foreign Person Part 3: Foreign Person

U.S. or Foreign Person Part 3: Foreign Person

Individuals who are foreign persons include all non-U.S. citizens who are neither green-card holders nor meet the 183-day substantial presence test (called nonresident aliens). Nonresident aliens also include individuals who meet the 183-day substantial presence test for the calendar year but who are also residents of a tax treaty country (called dual residents) who make an … Read More

U.S or Foreign Person Part 2: U.S. Person

U.S or Foreign Person Part 2: U.S. Person

Individuals who are U.S. persons include U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens who are resident aliens for U.S. federal tax purposes. U.S. citizens and resident aliens are subject to withholding and reporting on their worldwide income even when they live and work outside the U.S. U.S. citizens include: Individuals born in the U.S. Individuals born outside of … Read More