My Hong Kong bank is asking me for a W-8 or a W-9 for my personal account? Which one should I use?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) is a 2010 US law requiring foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to review data for their account holders and identify all their US account holders or be subject to withholding on certain payments. FORM W-8 These foreign financial institutions would request W-8 series forms to identify and document their [...]

What is an ITIN and do I need to get one?

What is an ITIN? ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. It is specifically for nonresident aliens who fulfil filing requirements but are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). An ITIN does not offer work authorization or [...]

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