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How do I know if I am a US person?
In general, you are considered a U.S. person if you are a (1) U.S. citizen, (2) U.S. resident, or (3) entity organized under the laws of the U.S.
What name should I provide during the tax information interview?
You should provide the name of the individual or organization that will report the income on an income tax return.
This is the name as it appears on the trust deed
This is the name as it appears in the partnership agreement.
This is the name as it appears in the certificate of incorporation, or other legal document that formed the corporation.
This is the name as it appears on the legal document that formed the entity.
What is a U.S. Tax Identification Number (TIN)?
A U.S. tax identification number (TIN) is issued by the U.S. tax authority (Internal Revenue Service "IRS") and can be a social security number (SSN), individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), or employer identification number (EIN).
For U.S. persons, this is typically an SSN (for individuals) or EIN (generally for companies).
For non-U.S. persons, this is typically an ITIN (for individuals) or EIN (generally for non-individual companies). A taxpayer identification number (TIN) is not required for non-U.S. persons unless you wish to claim a reduced rate of U.S. withholding tax. If you are a non-U.S. person and want to claim a reduced rate of U.S. withholding tax under an income tax treaty and you do not have a foreign (non-U.S.) TIN issued for income tax purposes by the tax authority in your country of residence, you may apply for a U.S. TIN. For more information on tax identification numbers, please consult your tax adviser.
I entered my Tax ID number and I am stuck - I cannot move forward.
The tax information interview validates the Name and U.S. Tax Identification Number (TIN) combination you provide with the U.S. Tax Authority(Internal Revenue Service "IRS") in real time. If your information does not match their records, you will be unable to move forward in the interview. Please verify the information you entered was correct. We do not have any insight about why the information you provided did not match their records, but here are some common issues to watch out for:
Why is the interview asking me to enter an Employer Identification Number (EIN)? I do not have one.
Please make sure you are completing the interview for the individual or entity (e.g. corporation or partnership) that will report the income from Film Bureau, Inc. on an income tax return. If you are a U.S. entity or a non-U.S. entity entering a U.S. tax identification number (TIN), you must provide an EIN.
If you are unsure how to complete the interview, please consult your tax adviser.
What does Electronic Signature mean? Do I need to download any software to complete the electronic signature part of the interview?
In the tax information interview, consenting to an electronic signature allows you to sign and submit the form to us electronically by checking the boxes, typing your name, and typing the email address you use to access your account. If you choose not to provide an electronic signature, you will need to print, sign and mail the original form.
There is no special hardware or software required in order to provide your electronic signature.
I am completing the interview for a company. Does that mean I am an “agent”? [Applicable to non-U.S. persons]
Generally, "agent acting as an intermediary" refers to a business or individual that will receive income on behalf another person. Merely completing the tax interview on behalf of a company does not necessarily make you an agent. We have provided an example for your convenience:
For royalties, a company (or individual) would typically be considered an agent if they receive payment for the use of copyrights or content which are owned by clients of the company (or individual).
If you are unsure if you are an "agent acting as an intermediary," please contact your tax adviser.
What is a Foreign Tax Identification Number? [Applicable to non-U.S. persons]
A foreign tax identification number is a tax identification number issued by the local tax authority in your country of residence for income tax reporting purposes. For example, for Canadian individuals, this would be your Social Insurance Number. If your local tax authority does not issue an income tax identification number, a U.S. TIN must be provided if you want to claim a reduced rate of withholding tax under an income tax treaty. For individuals claiming treaty benefits, this is an ITIN. For non-individuals claiming treaty benefits, this is an EIN. You can apply for an ITIN or EIN with the IRS.
Do I have to provide a TIN to claim a reduced rate of U.S. tax withholding under an income tax treaty? [Applicable to non-U.S. persons]
If you are a non-U.S. person, you may be eligible to claim a reduced rate of U.S. tax withholding under an incometax treaty during the interview. To claim treaty benefits, you are required to provide a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). If you have a U.S. TIN, you must provide it. If you do not have a U.S. TIN, you may enter the income tax identification number issued by the tax authority in your country of residence. If you do not have a foreign (non-U.S.) TIN issued for income tax purposes by the tax authority in your country, you may apply for a U.S. TIN.