Which Tax Form For Non US Affiliates?

by Liam Hamer 32 replies
I got accepted into EWA Private Network, and I need to download and submit a tax form, but I'm not sure which. It's one of these, but I'm not exactly sure which:-

Form W-8BEN
Form W-8ECI
Form W-8EXP
Form W-8IMY

Any help much appreciated
#ad networks (cpm/cpl, display) #affiliates #form #tax
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
  • Profile picture of the author JenaBloosky
    w-8ben.. here's a link to a site where you can print it off. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw8ben.pdf

    Hope that helps!
    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      There no reason to print an IRS form as that applies only to US residents.

      Just ask if you are required to submit any tax info for your country.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    W8-BEN is what I've always used, however i'm not sure if it's the same for all countries/circumstances
  • Profile picture of the author alliednetw
    What of countries where tax is not paid?What should the applicant do?
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  • Profile picture of the author StefanieBloosky
    Contact your AM they can tell you whether or not they need a form from you and if they do, which one they need
  • Profile picture of the author affgal4ever
    I know out of country networks don't require a form from americans, however, many american based networks require a w8 from out of state affiliates
    • Profile picture of the author kylefjerm
      You don't need to fill out any tax forms.
      Here is a qoute from another forum....

      Sorry to bring up an old thread, but this is quite important for non-US affiliates who are needlessly filling out IRS tax forms.

      The W8BEN form is only required to be filled out for US SOURCED income. Now "US Sourced" doesn't mean where the person writing the check is, it means where the work was done by the PAYEE.

      The OECD (of which the USA is a member of) put it's head together many years ago and determined that if you OWN a webserver in a country, then the websites you have on that server are producing income SOURCED in that country. If you merely RENT a webserver in a country, the websites on it are producing FOREIGN SOURCED income.

      FOREIGN SOURCED income is NOT subject to tax in the USA and does NOT require form W8BEN to be filled out - W8BEN is for foreigners to claim exemption from withholding tax on US SOURCED INCOME for tax treaty obligations.

      The instructions for W8BEN are clear:

      "Who must file. You must give Form W-8BEN to the withholding agent or payer if you are a foreign person and you are the beneficial owner of an amount SUBJECT TO WITHHOLDING."

      As I said previously, FOREIGN SOURCED INCOME IS NOT SUBJECT TO WITHHOLDING.

      All that is required is that the foreign affiliate CERTIFIES they do not have any US-SOURCED income and are not a US Taxpayer, etc.

      Google has it SPOT ON, on their Adsense tax information page:

      google.com/adsense/taxinfo

      (quoting)

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      Non U.S. Business (No U.S. Activities )

      United States (U.S.) Activities involve having employees or owning equipment in the U.S. that are involved in any way with revenue earned through the AdSense programme. This includes, but is not limited to, owning a web server or owning a hosting service in the U.S., or having employees in the U.S. who are involved in either:

      * setting up a web server, hosting service, or website
      * developing content for your website
      * marketing to create a user base for your site
      * telephone support for your site
      * buying products for your site
      * maintaining your site

      Generally, utilizing an unrelated third-party U.S. web hosting service to host your web pages, renting web servers that are located in the U.S. from an unrelated third party, or having your payment sent to a U.S. Post Office Box or mail forwarding address, do not of themselves constitute U.S. Activities.

      If you do not have U.S. Activities, you will be asked to agree to a statement to that effect. No tax forms are required in this instance.

      *********

      That's it in a nutshell.

      Commission Junction, and other merchants are doing a DISSERVICE to their foreign affiliates by requiring them to fill out forms that are not required, and making these people think they need to put themselves in the US tax system.

      Foreign affiliates need to stand up and say "hey! enough's enough!".
  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    Originally Posted by Liam Hamer View Post

    I got accepted into EWA Private Network, and I need to download and submit a tax form, but I'm not sure which. It's one of these, but I'm not exactly sure which:-

    Form W-8BEN
    Form W-8ECI
    Form W-8EXP
    Form W-8IMY

    Any help much appreciated
    Hey mate

    I joined EWA too since January, made some 4 figure money with them

    I remembered I filled out the Form W-8BEN and everything went well after that. Anyway, I'm an Asian.
  • Profile picture of the author adsquare
    As many others said, it's the w-8ben

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    • Profile picture of the author Boris_yo
      Generally, utilizing an unrelated third-party U.S. web hosting service to host your web pages, renting web servers that are located in the U.S. from an unrelated third party, or having your payment sent to a U.S. Post Office Box or mail forwarding address, do not of themselves constitute U.S. Activities.

      If you do not have U.S. Activities, you will be asked to agree to a statement to that effect. No tax forms are required in this instance.
      What "unrelated third-party" means?

      I am international content publisher from Israel and i have HostGator hosting account in USA. Is it third-party or what? Do i need to pay taxes or not?
  • Profile picture of the author Filter
    Technically, I don't think you have to fill it out. Not all networks ask for it for this reason.

    But if they do ask for tax forms, just fill it in. As has been said above, fill out a W8-BEN. Takes 2 minutes. Here's a link to a sample of how to fill it in. This is for an Australian resident but you get the idea....

    http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...ben-sample.jpg

    Cheers
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