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Why do I need a Tax Identification number?

The U.S. government requires that a tax identification number be listed on the form in order for it to be valid.

(U.S. Resident)
For form W-9 you must either enter your Company Business tax ID Number (EIN), your U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) or your U.S. Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN). Please note that all U.S. tax ID numbers will be verified through the IRS’ E-Services verification system.

(Non-U.S. Sole Proprietors/Partners)For form W-8BEN either the tax ID number issued to you by your country of residence or a U.S. Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN)must be listed on the form in order for it to be a valid tax treaty claim. Please DO NOT provide your VAT registration number on form W-8BEN as a VAT # is not acceptable for this tax form as the tax pertains to Annual Income Tax – Not Sales/Value Added tax. Instead, refer to the following website for country specific information on acceptable Non-U.S. tax IDs.http://www.oecd.org/tax/automatic-exchange/crs-implementation-and-assistance/tax-identification-numbers/

(Non-U.S. Corporations) For form W-8BEN-E either a U.S. Business Tax ID Number (EIN) or the corporate tax ID number issued to you by your country of residence must be listed on the form in order for it to be a valid tax treaty claim. Please DO NOT provide your VAT registration number on form W-8BEN-E as a VAT # is not acceptable for this tax form as the tax pertains to Annual Income Tax – Not Sales/Value Added tax.  The only exception is if your VAT number is the same exact number you use to file and pay your annual corporate income tax returns each year.

IMPORTANT:  All Non-US Sole Proprietors/Corporations/Partnerships
Please DO NOT provide your VAT registration number on form W-8 as a VAT # is not acceptable for this tax form as the tax pertains to Annual Income Tax – Not Sales/Value Added tax.  

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