The amount of exemption you can claim depends on the tax treaty your country has with the US.If you’re based in the UK the withholding rate is 0%, so you can claim full exemption.But be sure to check and take a screenshot of what rate of witholding tax will be applied – see my note 24 March below for why.For other retailers and distributors, at the time of writing you need to download and complete form W8-BEN for individuals (includes sole traders) or form W8-BEN-E if you’re a company/entity.
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The questions that appear vary very slightly depending whether you’re applying as an individual or a company – and the final output form that you sign online has a different number for each scenario.
Most people reading this will be applying as individuals (includes sole traders).
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