By completing this form, UK investors can claim exemption from paying US tax on dividends and interest from shares traded in the US, as such income will already fall under UK income tax rules.
The W-8BEN is valid for three calendar years after the year in which it is signed, e.g. a form signed in January 2012 will expire on 31st December 2015. A new form must be submitted when the existing one expires, and we will inform all customers in advance of expiry.
The W-8BEN form should be completed in either blue or black ink. If correction fluid (such as Tip-ex) or correction tape are used we will not be able to accept the form.
Line 1: Enter your full name here.
Line 2: Enter your Country of Citizenship
Line 3: Enter your permanent residence, i.e. your tax address. Do not enter the name of a financial institution, a post office box or an address used solely for mailing purposes. We would expect you not to abbreviate where it highlights not to.
Line 4: Enter your mailing address, if different from your permanent residential address above.
Line 6: Enter your National Insurance number here.
Line 7: Enter your account number here.
Line 8: Enter your Date of Birth here.
Line 9: Enter your country of residency for tax purposes here, i.e. United Kingdom
If you hold an individual account, sign and date the form yourself (keep in mind the US date configuration), leaving "Capacity in which acting" blank.
You can download, print and complete a W-8BEN Form here.
Please send the original form by post to us at:
Beaufort Securities Ltd
63 St Mary Axe