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Question on U.S. tax exemption - form W-8BEN
Thread poster: Sonja Tomaskovic
Sonja Tomaskovic  Identity Verified
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Feb 4, 2004

Hi,

although this is not the first time I am working for a US agency, it is the first time that I have to deal with their tax system (so far none of the other agencies have ever asked me to fill out any tax forms).

A US agency asked me to fill in the W-8BEN form. So far so good.

I have just reached the line where I have to either enter the SSN or the ITIN.

Thing is, I don't have an ITIN. Do I have to apply for one? If so, do I have to file for a tax return in future?

Regards,

Sonja


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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Not the right form? Feb 5, 2004

I find the IRS and its regulations inscrutable at best! However, if you are not a US citizen, not domiciled in the US, and not working in the US, I am not sure why they would need to withhold tax. I don't think you can even have a SSN or ITIN under these circumstances.

Can anyone with more expertise shed some light on this?


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