Can I invest if I don’t live in the U.S?
What is an ITIN?
An ITIN is an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is required to process tax documents in the United States. It is a nine-digit number that always begins with the number 9 and has a 7 or 8 in the fourth digit, example 9XX-7X-XXXX. You can download the application from the IRS website.
How can I obtain an ITIN?
I don’t live in the U.S., where can I have my W-7 form certified?
W-7 forms and accompanying documents must be certified by a Notary Public. This service may be available at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate, as U.S. Consular Officers abroad can sometimes function in the place of U.S. notaries public.
If I invest as an individual, how much of the income generated through my investment is withheld?
Unless your country has a tax treaty with the United States that stipulates a lower withholding rate, the issuer is required to withhold 30% of any return you earn per the United States tax code. You can find a list of countries that have tax treaties with the U.S. on the IRS website. These can be complicated documents, so always consult your tax advisor to assess whether the treaty has any impact on your withholding.
What is a tax treaty?
The United States has tax treaties with quite a few foreign countries. These treaties may provide residents (not necessarily citizens) of foreign countries with a reduction or exemption on United States taxes on certain types of income they receive from sources within the United States.
How can I find out if my country has a tax treaty with the U.S.?
You can find a list of countries that have tax treaty with the U.S. on the IRS website. As noted above, these can be complicated documents, so always consult your tax advisor to assess whether the treaty has any impact on your withholding.
If I don’t live in the U.S., is there anything additional required for me to make an investment?
However, unless your country has a tax treaty with the United States that stipulates a lower withholding rate, the issuer is required to withhold 30% of any return you earn per the United States tax code. If you plan to claim a refund of any of the tax withheld, or claim the benefits of reduced tax withholding rates per any income tax treaty for which you are eligible, you will need to obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (or ITIN) prior to the end of the year, as this is required when filing such a claim. If you already have an ITIN you will be able to provide that number during the investment process. If not, you will need provide it to the issuer later.
Will my ITIN Expire?
Your ITIN will not remain active forever. The expiration date will vary depending on when you last used it, when it was issued and other factors. Please review the detailed information on the IRS website to ensure that your ITIN does not expire unexpectedly.
How do I know if my ITIN is expiring?
You should receive a CP-48 Notice from the IRS but it’s a good idea if you check when you can expect your ITIN to expire, as described in the FAQ above.
How do I renew my ITIN?
You can renew your ITIN using the same form you used to obtain one, the W-7. This can be found on the IRS website.