W-8BEN-E Instructions are Released – Tax Policy Meets Reality
In my last post regarding W-8BEN-E, I observed that some foreign businesses were in a predicament because withholding agents started asking for the form but there were no instructions. I asked "for how long" will this continue and the IRS answered - until June 24th. Aside any jokes that the IRS is actually taking queue from my blog posts, as practitioners had hoped, the IRS released instructions before the July 1st FATCA deadline. As a lawyer, I don’t do much reporting and I would not comment on the intricacies of the form. However, I have a few practical observations. I...
June 26, 2014 read more
W-8BEN-E in No-Man Land Until….When?
On this blog I’ve voiced my skepticism about FATCA, both as a policy rationale and as a logistical undertaking. Recently I started observing the effects of something I can only describe as a blunder on part of the U.S. taxing authorities. So, W-8BEN-E is out for a few months now. Many people waited eagerly for the form to be released. What happened, however, is that there are no instructions! Well, that apparently does not prevent some withholding agents from sending out the form to foreign businesses. I would describe this as overzealousness that is not necessarily valid or logical....
June 04, 2014 read more