US tax form W-8ECI
Thread poster: Olaf Reibedanz

Olaf Reibedanz  Identity Verified
Colombia
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Sep 17, 2007

Hello!

A new, US-based direct client just sent me form W-8ECI and asked me to fill it in. The complete title of the form is: "Certificate of Foreign Person’s Claim for Exemption From Withholding on Income Effectively Connected With the Conduct of a Trade or Business in the United States". Can anybody let me know if as a freelance translator living outside the US, I am really required to fill in this form? Thanks a lot in advance!

Best,

Olaf


 

Tina Vonhof
Canada
Local time: 02:29
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Previous posts Sep 17, 2007

Hello Olaf,

Please see this previous post:

http://www.proz.com/post/120800#120800

and there are several more if you search for "W-8" in the forums.

It is possible that the names of the forms have changed slightly in recent years but the principle is the same.

Hope this helps.


 

Tina Vonhof
Canada
Local time: 02:29
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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Some changes Sep 17, 2007

I have checked and things have changed a bit. Here is the URL where you can find both the form W-7 and W8BEN:

http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/lists/0,,id=97817,00.html


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:29
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No. Sep 17, 2007

We have quite a bit of paperwork to do to prove that we are not making foreign contractors up or indulge in money laundering and such. However, you are dealing with a mix-up here.

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