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FAQ

As a sole proprietorship owner, to get paid from a US company, do I fill the W-8BEN-E or W-8BEN?
Assuming you otherwise qualify to file the W8 form, you should file W8BEN.  The BEN-E version is just for entities for example corporations.
Do I need a Form 1099 as a remote independent contractor and a non-US citizen?
A2A.The US company is supposed to request documentation from you that you are a foreign person who is not performing services for compensation in the US. You typically provide that information on Form W-8BEN-E when the company requests it, and you should attach a statement to that form confirming that you are not performing any services in the US. The company has to be able to document both of those conditions if the IRS questions whether the payments to you are taxable in the US.If the company knows that you are not a US person, and also knows that you are not performing services in the US, you will not get any sort of US tax form. If the company knows that you are not a US person but does not know that you are not performing services in the US, the company is required to withhold 30% of any payment made to you and file Form 1042-S to report the payments and withholding. If the company does not know that you are not a US person - for example, if you gave them a tax ID number for a US LLC - then you may get a Form 1099-MISC, depending on the information they have about you (the company is not required to provide it to a corporate entity but is required to provide it to an LLC that is not treated as a corporate entity).Note that the company can be penalized severely for not complying with IRS regulations on withholding on non-US persons. When in doubt, the company is supposed to withhold. So if you do get a US tax form, you should not assume that it's correct, and you should talk to a professional about your situation.
Do you need SSN to open a bank account in the U.S? How about just a passport?
Banks in the United States are required to comply with 31 C.F.R. § 103.121, which mandates that all banks have a written Customer Identification Program ("CIP") including documentation required for customer identification, risk-based procedures for verification of customer identity, and a process for comparison of customer names against government lists, among other things.  [1] All banks must obtain a name, an address, a date of birth, and an ID number, either a social security number for US persons (or an application for one), or tax ID, although some banks will require a passport number or similar documentation for non-US persons in addition to requiring that non-US persons file a W-8BEN [2]  (W-8BEN -E for individuals; W-8BEN-EY for entities - "Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for US Tax Withholding and Reporting." )[3]  Remember, banks are not, in any way, required or compelled to open an account for you.  Bank account opening procedures may vary.   Banks are subject to scrutiny and penalties for non-compliance with the law and with their CIP programs; and some may choose to not open accounts for certain categories of  "persons", including individuals and entities who impose greater research/verification burdens on the banks than others.[4]  In other words, some banks might consider it too expensive (extra research burden) to open accounts for certain categories of persons; if you are a foreign student, for example, some banks in your community may be very interested in your business, while others might not. Each bank operates under a different business model and strategy. That said, most banks will allow you to open an account so long as you can provide the four basic elements of information mentioned above, and support the verification (or that you are who you say you are) of your identity.  They may allow you to open the account for a brief period of time, restrict or monitor your account activity until your ID is verified and close the account after a short period of time if requested verification information is not provided or applied for - usually within 30 days or less.    Remember: they are required to comply with the law, and banks are subject to fines and penalties for non-compliance.  The best way to find out for sure what's required is to go into a bank or credit union branch and ask what you need to open an account, and apply.  The banker will take you through the steps and provide you with the information you need to understand which account is right for you and what kind of information you need to provide to them.  There's no harm in asking. Footnotes[1] 31 CFR 1020.220 - Customer identification programs for banks, savings associations, credit unions, and certain non-Federally regulated banks.[2] Page on irs.gov[3] Page on irs.gov[4] Online Manual - BSA InfoBase - FFIEC
Is it possible to have a stock trading account without a Social Security number?
“To trade stocks, you need to open an account with a broker. Most big brokerages now allow you to trade online, but require an application before they will set up the account. A brokerage may also restrict access: E*Trade, for example, does not allow non-U.S. citizens to open accounts online, but will allow a non-citizen to apply through the mail. A broker will also ask for a Social Security number, a taxpayer identification number, or a W-8BEN if your residence is outside of the U.S.”Note I copied this off of zack’s.I’ve dealt personally with non-US residents trading stocks. My work around was creating an LLC to act as their investment vehicle and using the EIN in place of the SSN. If you have any other questions please don’t hestiatate to ask.
What is the purpose of a W8/W9 tax form?
Use Form W-9 to provide your correct TIN to the person who is required to file an information return with the IRS to report, for example,income paid to youreal estate transactionsmortgage interest you paidacquisition or abandonment of secured propertycancellation of debtcontributions you made to an IRAThere are a family of Form W8-Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (Individuals).Form W-BEN-E, Certificate of Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (Entities).Form W-8ECI, Certificate of Foreign Person's Claim That Income Is Effectively Connected With the Conduct of a Trade or Business in the United States.Form W-8EXP, Certificate of Foreign Government or Other Foreign Organization for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting.Form W-8IMY, Certificate of Foreign Intermediary, Foreign Flow-Through Entity, or Certain U.S. Branches for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting.
Can you send a W-8BEN form with a digital signature?
Form W-8 provided or signed electronically.You may rely on a valid Form W-8 received by facsimile or scanned and furnished to you by email unless you know that the person transmitting the Form W-8 is not authorized to do so.You may also rely on an otherwise valid Form W-8 received electronically from a third-party repository if the form was uploaded or provided to the third-party repository and there are processes in place to ensure that the withholding certificate can be reliably associated with a specific request from you and a specific authorization from the person providing the form (or an agent of the person providing the form) for you to receive the withholding certificate. You may also rely on a withholding statement received from a third-party repository if the intermediary provides a Form W-8IMY and withholding statement through the repository, provides an updated withholding statement to you in the event of any change in the information previously provided, and ensures there are processes in place to update you when there is a new withholding statement (and Forms W-8, as necessary) in the event of any change that would affect the validity of the prior forms or withholding statement. For purposes of this paragraph, a third party repository is an entity that maintains withholding certificates but is not an agent of the applicable withholding agent or the person providing the certificate. See Regulations section 1.1441-1(e)(4)(iv)(E) for the complete requirements for relying on a withholding certificate from a third-party repository.If you are a withholding agent that maintains a system for furnishing Forms W-8 electronically, you must satisfy the requirements of Regulations section 1.1441-1(e)(4)(iv)(B). You may otherwise accept a Form W-8 with an electronic signature if the Form W-8 reasonably demonstrates that the form has been electronically signed by a person authorized to do so (for example, with a time and date stamp and statement that the form has been electronically signed). You may not treat a Form W-8 with a typed name in the signature line as validly signed without further information supporting that the signature is an electronic signature.;""