||2003 Tax Year
This is archived information that pertains only to the 2003 Tax Year. If you
are looking for information for the current tax year, go to the Tax Prep Help Area.
Claiming treaty benefits without a taxpayer identification number (TIN). Generally, a foreign individual must provide a TIN to the withholding agent to get a reduced rate of withholding under an
income tax treaty.
However, unexpected payments may arise on short notice for which a payee may be unable to obtain a TIN prior to payment. In
limited circumstances, a
withholding agent who has entered into a special acceptance agent agreement with the IRS may rely on a beneficial owner withholding
without regard to the requirement that it include a TIN. See U.S. Taxpayer Identification Numbers, later, for more information.
Note. This publication serves as the Small Entity Compliance Guide required by section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement
Fairness Act of
1996, P.L. 104–121.
Qualified intermediary employer identification number (QI-EIN). A foreign intermediary that has received a QI-EIN may represent on Form W-8IMY that it is a QI before it receives a fully
executed agreement. The
intermediary can claim that it is a QI unless the IRS revokes its QI-EIN. The IRS will revoke a QI-EIN if the QI agreement
is not executed and
returned to the IRS within a reasonable period of time.
See Foreign Intermediaries, for more information.
Withholding rate on partners. Generally, a partnership must pay a withholding tax on effectively connected taxable income that is allocable to its foreign
partners. For 2003,
the withholding rate remains 38.6%.
See Partnership Withholding on Effectively Connected Income, for more information.
Form W-8. There are four forms in the W-8 series. The form to use depends on the type of certification being made. As used in this publication,
“Form W-8” refers to the appropriate document. For more information, see Documentation, later.
Form W–8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding.
Form W–8ECI, 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.
Form W–8EXP, Certificate of Foreign Government or Other Foreign Organization for United States Tax
Form W–8IMY, Certificate of Foreign Intermediary, Foreign Flow-Through Entity, or Certain U.S. Branches for United
States Tax Withholding.
Electronic deposit rules. You must use the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to make electronic deposits of all depository tax liabilities
you incur after 2002,
if you meet either of the following conditions.
You had to make electronic deposits in 2002.
You deposited more than $200,000 in federal depository taxes in 2001.
If you do not meet these conditions, electronic deposits are voluntary.
For more information about depositing electronically, see Publication 966, Now a Full Range of Electronic Choices to Pay ALL Your Federal
IRS taxpayer identification numbers for aliens. The IRS will issue an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) to an alien who does not have and is not eligible to
get a social security
An ITIN is for tax use only. It does not entitle an alien to social security benefits or change his or her employment or immigration
For more information on ITINs, see U.S. Taxpayer Identification Numbers, later.
Hong Kong. Hong Kong and China continue to be treated as two separate countries for purposes of certain bilateral agreements, the Internal
Revenue Code, and
the Income Tax Regulations.
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selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. You can help bring these children
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This publication is for withholding agents who pay income to foreign persons, including nonresident aliens, foreign corporations,
partnerships, foreign trusts, foreign estates, foreign governments, and international organizations. Specifically, it describes
responsible for withholding (withholding agents), the types of income subject to withholding, and the information return and
tax return filing
obligations of withholding agents. In addition to discussing the rules that apply generally to payments of U.S. source income
to foreign persons, it
also contains sections on the withholding that applies to the disposition of U.S. real property interests and the withholding
by partnerships on
income effectively connected with the active conduct of a U.S. trade or business.
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Useful Items - You may want to see:
Circular E, Employer's Tax Guide
Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide
Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits
Circular A, Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide
U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens
U.S. Tax Treaties
Form (and Instructions)
Application for Employer Identification Number
Wage and Tax Statement
Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments
Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return
Annual Withholding Tax Return for U.S. Source Income of Foreign Persons
Foreign Person's U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding
Annual Summary and Transmittal of Form 1042–S
See How To Get Tax Help, near the end of this publication for information about getting publications and forms.
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