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Just completing my first infringement claim via Pixsy (probably the first of a few, if it goes well!

 

As a UK resident, I am completing the W-8BEN form, but it appears (correct me if I'm wrong) that I have to pay the IRS 30% tax (gulp!) on any settlement, unless I submit a Foreign Tax Identifying Number.  For UK citizens, is this my Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)? Or is it a number issued by the IRS on completion of more arduous forms?! And if I enter my UTR on Pixsy's form, are there more hoops to jump through/forms to fill before I can complete the W-8BEN?

 

Many thanks

 

EDIT: hold up, I think I may have it.  Am I correct in thinking that in order to avoid paying the 30% tax to the IRS, I have to fill in the W7 (Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) form, then submit that to the IRS?  If so, can I do that online and how long would it take?

 

Thanks again.

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Instructions seem to be here

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/itin-updated-procedures-frequently-asked-questions

The bad news is that you seem to have to send them your passport for up to 2 months..... every 3 years.

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I completed the W8-BEN and used my UK NI number.
I recently received form 1042-s which shows that no tax was withheld.

 

EDIT after Spacecadet post. No need for a passport.

 

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7 minutes ago, mickfly said:

I completed the W8-BEN and used my UK NI number.
I recently received form 1042-s which shows that no tax was withheld.

 

EDIT after Spacecadet post. No need for a passport.

 

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Thanks guys. Will follow up on this in due course.

 

EDIT: I also found this document, which seems to suggest that either the NI number or the UTR may be used in lieu of the TIN.  I have used my NI number as mickfly suggested.

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Found more info
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