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How do I complete the tax registration process and claim treaty benefits?

To ensure that these withholding tax laws are properly administered, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has designed Form W-8BEN for purposes of:

• Certifying that you or your company is not a US citizen or tax resident, and/or
• Claiming reduction in, or exemption from, US withholding tax under an applicable income tax treaty.

We're required to obtain a W-8BEN from each contributor who is not a US citizen or resident.

Uh-oh. Sounds like a pain, but there is good news: Veer has designed an online W-8BEN that should simplify the registration process. Hurrah!

You should be able to complete this form on-line in a matter of just a few minutes.

In a few less common cases, you may be required to complete this process manually. If that happens to be the case for you, we'll let you know during the online process and redirect you to a page where you can download and print the appropriate forms and then mail to us. We'll also provide printable instructions in PDF format that will likely answer your questions if you get stuck.

US tax law can be tricky, so we've added some help on completing this process. Additional information or explanations can be found by clicking the help indicators (orange text) on selected lines of the W-8BEN. Please note that this guidance is not meant to replace the official instructions to the W-8BEN. As these are important documents, you should refer to the W-8BEN instructions and/or consult with a tax advisor if you get stuck.


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