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Free tax return online Publication 515 - Main Content Table of Contents Withholding of TaxWithholding Agent Withholding and Reporting Obligations Persons Subject to NRA WithholdingIdentifying the Payee Foreign Persons DocumentationBeneficial Owners Foreign Intermediaries and Foreign Flow-Through Entities Standards of Knowledge Presumption Rules Income Subject to NRA WithholdingSource of Income Fixed or Determinable Annual or Periodical Income (FDAP) Withholding on Specific IncomeEffectively Connected Income Income Not Effectively Connected Pay for Personal Services Performed Artists and Athletes (Income Codes 42 and 43) Other Income Foreign Governments and Certain Other Foreign Organizations U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Taxpayer Identification NumbersUnexpected payment. Free tax return online Depositing Withheld TaxesWhen Deposits Are Required Adjustment for Overwithholding Returns RequiredJoint owners. Free tax return online Electronic reporting. Free tax return online Partnership Withholding on Effectively Connected IncomeWho Must Withhold Foreign Partner Publicly Traded Partnerships U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Real Property InterestForeign corporations. Free tax return online Domestic corporations. Free tax return online U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online real property holding corporations. Free tax return online Partnerships. Free tax return online Trusts and estates. Free tax return online Domestically controlled QIE. Free tax return online Late filing of certifications or notices. Free tax return online Certifications. Free tax return online Liability of agent or qualified substitute. Free tax return online Reporting and Paying the Tax Withholding Certificates Tax Treaty TablesTable 1 Table 2 Table 3 How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Free tax return online Withholding of Tax In most cases, a foreign person is subject to U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online tax on its U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online source income. Free tax return online Most types of U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online source income received by a foreign person are subject to U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online tax of 30%. Free tax return online A reduced rate, including exemption, may apply if there is a tax treaty between the foreign person's country of residence and the United States. Free tax return online The tax is generally withheld (NRA withholding) from the payment made to the foreign person. Free tax return online The term “NRA withholding” is used in this publication descriptively to refer to withholding required under sections 1441, 1442, and 1443 of the Internal Revenue Code. Free tax return online In most cases, NRA withholding describes the withholding regime that requires withholding on a payment of U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online source income. Free tax return online Payments to foreign persons, including nonresident alien individuals, foreign entities, and governments, may be subject to NRA withholding. Free tax return online NRA withholding does not include withholding under section 1445 of the Code (see U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Real Property Interest, later) or under section 1446 of the Code (see Partnership Withholding on Effectively Connected Income , later). Free tax return online A withholding agent (defined next) is the person responsible for withholding on payments made to a foreign person. Free tax return online However, a withholding agent that can reliably associate the payment with documentation (discussed later) from a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person is not required to withhold. Free tax return online In addition, a withholding agent may apply a reduced rate of withholding (including an exemption from withholding) if it can reliably associate the payment with documentation from a beneficial owner that is a foreign person entitled to a reduced rate of withholding. Free tax return online Withholding Agent You are a withholding agent if you are a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online or foreign person that has control, receipt, custody, disposal, or payment of any item of income of a foreign person that is subject to withholding. Free tax return online A withholding agent may be an individual, corporation, partnership, trust, association, nominee (under section 1446 of the Code), or any other entity, including any foreign intermediary, foreign partnership, or U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branch of certain foreign banks and insurance companies. Free tax return online You may be a withholding agent even if there is no requirement to withhold from a payment or even if another person has withheld the required amount from the payment. Free tax return online Although several persons may be withholding agents for a single payment, the full tax is required to be withheld only once. Free tax return online In most cases, the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person who pays an amount subject to NRA withholding is the person responsible for withholding. Free tax return online However, other persons may be required to withhold. Free tax return online For example, a payment made by a flow-through entity or nonqualified intermediary that knows, or has reason to know, that the full amount of NRA withholding was not done by the person from which it receives a payment is required to do the appropriate withholding since it also falls within the definition of a withholding agent. Free tax return online In addition, withholding must be done by any qualified intermediary, withholding foreign partnership, or withholding foreign trust in accordance with the terms of its withholding agreement, discussed later. Free tax return online Liability for tax. Free tax return online   As a withholding agent, you are personally liable for any tax required to be withheld. Free tax return online This liability is independent of the tax liability of the foreign person to whom the payment is made. Free tax return online If you fail to withhold and the foreign payee fails to satisfy its U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online tax liability, then both you and the foreign person are liable for tax, as well as interest and any applicable penalties. Free tax return online   The applicable tax will be collected only once. Free tax return online If the foreign person satisfies its U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online tax liability, you are not liable for the tax but remain liable for any interest and penalties for failure to withhold. Free tax return online Determination of amount to withhold. Free tax return online   You must withhold on the gross amount subject to NRA withholding. Free tax return online You cannot reduce the gross amount by any deductions. Free tax return online However, see Scholarships and Fellowship Grants and Pay for Personal Services Performed , later, for when a deduction for a personal exemption may be allowed. Free tax return online   If the determination of the source of the income or the amount subject to tax depends on facts that are not known at the time of payment, you must withhold an amount sufficient to ensure that at least 30% of the amount subsequently determined to be subject to withholding is withheld. Free tax return online In no case, however, should you withhold more than 30% of the total amount paid. Free tax return online Or, you may make a reasonable estimate of the amount from U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online sources and put a corresponding part of the amount due in escrow until the amount from U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online sources can be determined, at which time withholding becomes due. Free tax return online When to withhold. Free tax return online   Withholding is required at the time you make a payment of an amount subject to withholding. Free tax return online A payment is made to a person if that person realizes income, whether or not there is an actual transfer of cash or other property. Free tax return online A payment is considered made to a person if it is paid for that person's benefit. Free tax return online For example, a payment made to a creditor of a person in satisfaction of that person's debt to the creditor is considered made to the person. Free tax return online A payment also is considered made to a person if it is made to that person's agent. Free tax return online   A U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online partnership should withhold when any distributions that include amounts subject to withholding are made. Free tax return online However, if a foreign partner's distributive share of income subject to withholding is not actually distributed, the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online partnership must withhold on the foreign partner's distributive share of the income on the earlier of the date that a Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) is provided or mailed to the partner or the due date for furnishing that schedule. Free tax return online If the distributable amount consists of effectively connected income, see Partnership Withholding on Effectively Connected Income , later. Free tax return online A U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online trust is required to withhold on the amount includible in the gross income of a foreign beneficiary to the extent the trust's distributable net income consists of an amount subject to withholding. Free tax return online To the extent a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online trust is required to distribute an amount subject to withholding but does not actually distribute the amount, it must withhold on the foreign beneficiary's allocable share at the time the income is required to be reported on Form 1042-S. Free tax return online Withholding and Reporting Obligations You are required to report payments subject to NRA withholding on Form 1042-S and to file a tax return on Form 1042. Free tax return online (See Returns Required , later. Free tax return online ) An exception from reporting may apply to individuals who are not required to withhold from a payment and who do not make the payment in the course of their trade or business. Free tax return online Form 1099 reporting and backup withholding. Free tax return online    You also may be responsible as a payer for reporting on Form 1099 payments made to a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person. Free tax return online You must withhold 28% (backup withholding rate) from a reportable payment made to a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person that is subject to Form 1099 reporting if any of the following apply. Free tax return online The U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person has not provided its taxpayer identification number (TIN) in the manner required. Free tax return online The IRS notifies you that the TIN furnished by the payee is incorrect. Free tax return online There has been a notified payee underreporting. Free tax return online There has been a payee certification failure. Free tax return online In most cases, a TIN must be provided by a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online non-exempt recipient on Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. Free tax return online A payer files a tax return on Form 945, Annual Return of Withheld Federal Income Tax, for backup withholding. Free tax return online You may be required to file Form 1099 and, if appropriate, backup withhold, even if you do not make the payments directly to that U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person. Free tax return online For example, you are required to report income paid to a foreign intermediary or flow-through entity that collects for a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person subject to Form 1099 reporting. Free tax return online See Identifying the Payee , later, for more information. Free tax return online Also see Section S. Free tax return online Special Rules for Reporting Payments Made Through Foreign Intermediaries and Foreign Flow-Through Entities on Form 1099 in the General Instructions for Certain Information Returns. Free tax return online Foreign persons who provide Form W-8BEN, Form W-8ECI, or Form W-8EXP (or applicable documentary evidence) are exempt from backup withholding and Form 1099 reporting. Free tax return online Wages paid to employees. Free tax return online   If you are the employer of a nonresident alien, you generally must withhold taxes at graduated rates. Free tax return online See Pay for Personal Services Performed , later. Free tax return online Effectively connected income by partnerships. Free tax return online   A withholding agent that is a partnership (whether U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online or foreign) is also responsible for withholding on its income effectively connected with a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online trade or business that is allocable to foreign partners. Free tax return online See Partnership Withholding on Effectively Connected Income , later, for more information. Free tax return online U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online real property interest. Free tax return online   A withholding agent also may be responsible for withholding if a foreign person transfers a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online real property interest to the agent, or if it is a corporation, partnership, trust, or estate that distributes a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online real property interest to a shareholder, partner, or beneficiary that is a foreign person. Free tax return online See U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Real Property Interest , later. Free tax return online Persons Subject to NRA Withholding NRA withholding applies only to payments made to a payee that is a foreign person. Free tax return online It does not apply to payments made to U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online persons. Free tax return online Usually, you determine the payee's status as a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online or foreign person based on the documentation that person provides. Free tax return online See Documentation , later. Free tax return online However, if you have received no documentation or you cannot reliably associate all or a part of a payment with documentation, then you must apply certain presumption rules, discussed later. Free tax return online Identifying the Payee In most cases, the payee is the person to whom you make the payment, regardless of whether that person is the beneficial owner of the income. Free tax return online However, there are situations in which the payee is a person other than the one to whom you actually make a payment. Free tax return online U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online agent of foreign person. Free tax return online   If you make a payment to a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person and you have actual knowledge that the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person is receiving the payment as an agent of a foreign person, you must treat the payment as made to the foreign person. Free tax return online However, if the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person is a financial institution, you may treat the institution as the payee provided you have no reason to believe that the institution will not comply with its own obligation to withhold. Free tax return online   If the payment is not subject to NRA withholding (for example, gross proceeds from the sales of securities), you must treat the payment as made to a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person and not as a payment to a foreign person. Free tax return online You may be required to report the payment on Form 1099 and, if applicable, backup withhold. Free tax return online Disregarded entities. Free tax return online   A business entity that is not a corporation and that has a single owner may be disregarded as an entity separate from its owner (a disregarded entity) for federal tax purposes. Free tax return online The payee of a payment made to a disregarded entity is the owner of the entity. Free tax return online   If the owner of the entity is a foreign person, you must apply NRA withholding unless you can treat the foreign owner as a beneficial owner entitled to a reduced rate of withholding. Free tax return online   If the owner is a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person, you do not apply NRA withholding. Free tax return online However, you may be required to report the payment on Form 1099 and, if applicable, backup withhold. Free tax return online You may assume that a foreign entity is not a disregarded entity unless you can reliably associate the payment with documentation provided by the owner or you have actual knowledge or reason to know that the foreign entity is a disregarded entity. Free tax return online Flow-Through Entities The payees of payments (other than income effectively connected with a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online trade or business) made to a foreign flow-through entity are the owners or beneficiaries of the flow-through entity. Free tax return online This rule applies for purposes of NRA withholding and for Form 1099 reporting and backup withholding. Free tax return online Income that is, or is deemed to be, effectively connected with the conduct of a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online trade or business of a flow-through entity is treated as paid to the entity. Free tax return online All of the following are flow-through entities. Free tax return online A foreign partnership (other than a withholding foreign partnership). Free tax return online A foreign simple or foreign grantor trust (other than a withholding foreign trust). Free tax return online A fiscally transparent entity receiving income for which treaty benefits are claimed. Free tax return online See Fiscally transparent entity , later. Free tax return online In most cases, you treat a payee as a flow-through entity if it provides you with a Form W-8IMY (see Documentation , later) on which it claims such status. Free tax return online You also may be required to treat the entity as a flow-through entity under the presumption rules, discussed later. Free tax return online You must determine whether the owners or beneficiaries of a flow-through entity are U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online or foreign persons, how much of the payment relates to each owner or beneficiary, and, if the owner or beneficiary is foreign, whether a reduced rate of NRA withholding applies. Free tax return online You make these determinations based on the documentation and other information (contained in a withholding statement) that is associated with the flow-through entity's Form W-8IMY. Free tax return online If you do not have all of the information that is required to reliably associate a payment with a specific payee, you must apply the presumption rules. Free tax return online See Documentation and Presumption Rules , later. Free tax return online Withholding foreign partnerships and withholding foreign trusts are not flow-through entities. Free tax return online Foreign partnerships. Free tax return online    A foreign partnership is any partnership that is not organized under the laws of any state of the United States or the District of Columbia or any partnership that is treated as foreign under the income tax regulations. Free tax return online If a foreign partnership is not a withholding foreign partnership, the payees of income are the partners of the partnership, provided the partners are not themselves a flow-through entity or a foreign intermediary. Free tax return online However, the payee is the partnership itself if the partnership is claiming treaty benefits on the basis that it is not fiscally transparent and that it meets all the other requirements for claiming treaty benefits. Free tax return online If a partner is a foreign flow-through entity or a foreign intermediary, you apply the payee determination rules to that partner to determine the payees. Free tax return online Example 1. Free tax return online A nonwithholding foreign partnership has three partners: a nonresident alien individual; a foreign corporation; and a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online citizen. Free tax return online You make a payment of U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online source interest to the partnership. Free tax return online It gives you a Form W-8IMY with which it associates Form W-8BEN from the nonresident alien; Form W-8BEN from the foreign corporation; and Form W-9 from the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online citizen. Free tax return online The partnership also gives you a complete withholding statement that enables you to associate a part of the interest payment to each partner. Free tax return online You must treat all three partners as the payees of the interest payment as if the payment were made directly to them. Free tax return online Report the payment to the nonresident alien and the foreign corporation on Forms 1042-S. Free tax return online Report the payment to the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online citizen on Form 1099-INT. Free tax return online Example 2. Free tax return online A nonwithholding foreign partnership has two partners: a foreign corporation and a nonwithholding foreign partnership. Free tax return online The second partnership has two partners, both nonresident alien individuals. Free tax return online You make a payment of U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online source interest to the first partnership. Free tax return online It gives you a valid Form W-8IMY with which it associates a Form W-8BEN from the foreign corporation and a Form W-8IMY from the second partnership. Free tax return online In addition, Forms W-8BEN from the partners are associated with the Form W-8IMY from the second partnership. Free tax return online The Forms W-8IMY from the partnerships have complete withholding statements associated with them. Free tax return online Because you can reliably associate a part of the interest payment with the Form W-8BEN provided by the foreign corporation and the Forms W-8BEN provided by the nonresident alien individual partners as a result of the withholding statements, you must treat them as the payees of the interest. Free tax return online Example 3. Free tax return online You make a payment of U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online source dividends to a withholding foreign partnership. Free tax return online The partnership has two partners, both foreign corporations. Free tax return online You can reliably associate the payment with a valid Form W-8IMY from the partnership on which it represents that it is a withholding foreign partnership. Free tax return online You must treat the partnership as the payee of the dividends. Free tax return online Foreign simple and grantor trust. Free tax return online   A trust is foreign unless it meets both of the following tests. Free tax return online A court within the United States is able to exercise primary supervision over the administration of the trust. Free tax return online One or more U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online persons have the authority to control all substantial decisions of the trust. Free tax return online   In most cases, a foreign simple trust is a foreign trust that is required to distribute all of its income annually. Free tax return online A foreign grantor trust is a foreign trust that is treated as a grantor trust under sections 671 through 679 of the Code. Free tax return online   The payees of a payment made to a foreign simple trust are the beneficiaries of the trust. Free tax return online The payees of a payment made to a foreign grantor trust are the owners of the trust. Free tax return online However, the payee is the foreign simple or grantor trust itself if the trust is claiming treaty benefits on the basis that it is not fiscally transparent and that it meets all the other requirements for claiming treaty benefits. Free tax return online If the beneficiaries or owners are themselves flow-through entities or foreign intermediaries, you apply the payee determination rules to that beneficiary or owner to determine the payees. Free tax return online Example. Free tax return online A foreign simple trust has three beneficiaries: two nonresident alien individuals and a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online citizen. Free tax return online You make a payment of interest to the foreign trust. Free tax return online It gives you a Form W-8IMY with which it associates Forms W-8BEN from the nonresident aliens and a Form W-9 from the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online citizen. Free tax return online The trust also gives you a complete withholding statement that enables you to associate a part of the interest payment with the forms provided by each beneficiary. Free tax return online You must treat all three beneficiaries as the payees of the interest payment as if the payment were made directly to them. Free tax return online Report the payment to the nonresident aliens on Forms 1042-S. Free tax return online Report the payment to the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online citizen on Form 1099-INT. Free tax return online Fiscally transparent entity. Free tax return online   If a reduced rate of withholding under an income tax treaty is claimed, a flow-through entity includes any entity in which the interest holder must treat the entity as fiscally transparent. Free tax return online The determination of whether an entity is fiscally transparent is made on an item of income basis (that is, the determination is made separately for interest, dividends, royalties, etc. Free tax return online ). Free tax return online The interest holder in an entity makes the determination by applying the laws of the jurisdiction where the interest holder is organized, incorporated, or otherwise considered a resident. Free tax return online An entity is considered to be fiscally transparent for the income to the extent the laws of that jurisdiction require the interest holder to separately take into account on a current basis the interest holder's share of the income, whether or not distributed to the interest holder, and the character and source of the income to the interest holder are determined as if the income was realized directly from the source that paid it to the entity. Free tax return online Subject to the standards of knowledge rules discussed later, you generally make the determination that an entity is fiscally transparent based on a Form W-8IMY provided by the entity. Free tax return online   The payees of a payment made to a fiscally transparent entity are the interest holders of the entity. Free tax return online Example. Free tax return online Entity A is a business organization organized under the laws of country X that has an income tax treaty in force with the United States. Free tax return online A has two interest holders, B and C. Free tax return online B is a corporation organized under the laws of country Y. Free tax return online C is a corporation organized under the laws of country Z. Free tax return online Both countries Y and Z have an income tax treaty in force with the United States. Free tax return online A receives royalty income from U. Free tax return online S. 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Free tax return online You should report the part of the interest paid to the two foreign persons on Forms 1042-S and the part paid to the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person on Form 1099-INT. Free tax return online Qualified intermediary. Free tax return online   A qualified intermediary (QI) is any foreign intermediary (or foreign branch of a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online intermediary) that has entered into a qualified intermediary withholding agreement (discussed later) with the IRS. Free tax return online You may treat a QI as a payee to the extent the QI assumes primary withholding responsibility or primary Form 1099 reporting and backup withholding responsibility for a payment. Free tax return online In this situation, the QI is required to withhold the tax. Free tax return online You can determine whether a QI has assumed responsibility from the Form W-8IMY provided by the QI. Free tax return online   A payment to a QI to the extent it does not assume primary NRA withholding responsibility is considered made to the person on whose behalf the QI acts. Free tax return online If a QI does not assume Form 1099 reporting and backup withholding responsibility, you must report on Form 1099 and, if applicable, backup withhold as if you were making the payment directly to the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person. Free tax return online Branches of financial institutions. Free tax return online   Branches of financial institutions are not permitted to operate as QIs if they are located outside of countries having approved “know-your-customer” (KYC) rules. Free tax return online The countries with approved KYC rules are listed on IRS. Free tax return online gov. Free tax return online QI withholding agreement. Free tax return online   Foreign financial institutions and foreign branches of U. Free tax return online S. 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Free tax return online withholding agent from whom the QI receives a payment of U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online source income. Free tax return online The QI maintains such documentation at its location and provides the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online withholding agent with withholding rate pools. Free tax return online A withholding rate pool is a payment of a single type of income that is subject to a single rate of withholding. Free tax return online   A QI is required to provide the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online withholding agent with information regarding U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online persons subject to Form 1099 information reporting unless the QI assumes the primary obligation to do Form 1099 reporting and backup withholding. Free tax return online   If a QI obtains documentary evidence under the “know-your-customer” rules that apply to the QI under local law, and the documentary evidence is of a type specified in an attachment to the QI agreement, the documentary evidence remains valid until there is a change in circumstances or the QI knows the information is incorrect. Free tax return online This indefinite validity period rule does not apply to Forms W-8 or to documentary evidence that is not of the type specified in the attachment to the agreement. Free tax return online Form 1042-S reporting. Free tax return online   A QI is permitted to report payments made to its direct foreign account holders on a pooled basis rather than reporting payments to each direct account holder specifically. Free tax return online Pooled basis reporting is not available for payments to certain account holders, such as a nonqualified intermediary or a flow-through entity (discussed earlier). Free tax return online Collective refund procedures. Free tax return online   A QI may seek a refund on behalf of its direct account holders. Free tax return online The direct account holders, therefore, are not required to file returns with the IRS to obtain refunds, but rather may obtain them from the QI. Free tax return online U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branches of foreign banks and foreign insurance companies. Free tax return online   Special rules apply to a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branch of a foreign bank subject to Federal Reserve Board supervision or a foreign insurance company subject to state regulatory supervision. Free tax return online If you agree to treat the branch as a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person, you may treat the branch as a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online payee for a payment subject to NRA withholding provided you receive a Form W-8IMY from the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branch on which the agreement is evidenced. Free tax return online If you treat the branch as a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online payee, you are not required to withhold. Free tax return online Even though you agree to treat the branch as a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person, you must report the payment on Form 1042-S. Free tax return online   A financial institution organized in a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online possession is treated as a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branch. Free tax return online The special rules discussed in this section apply to a possessions financial institution. Free tax return online   If you are paying a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branch an amount that is not subject to NRA withholding, treat the payment as made to a foreign person, irrespective of any agreement to treat the branch as a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person for amounts subject to NRA withholding. Free tax return online Consequently, amounts not subject to NRA withholding that are paid to a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branch are not subject to Form 1099 reporting or backup withholding. Free tax return online   Alternatively, a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branch may provide you with a Form W-8IMY with which it associates the documentation of the persons on whose behalf it acts. Free tax return online In this situation, the payees are the persons on whose behalf the branch acts provided you can reliably associate the payment with valid documentation from those persons. Free tax return online See Nonqualified Intermediaries under  Documentation, later. Free tax return online   If the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branch does not provide you with a Form W-8IMY, then you should treat a payment subject to NRA withholding as made to the foreign person of which the branch is a part and the income as effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States. Free tax return online Withholding foreign partnership and foreign trust. Free tax return online   A withholding foreign partnership (WP) is any foreign partnership that has entered into a WP withholding agreement with the IRS and is acting in that capacity. Free tax return online A withholding foreign trust (WT) is a foreign simple or grantor trust that has entered into a WT withholding agreement with the IRS and is acting in that capacity. Free tax return online   A WP or WT may act in that capacity only for payments of amounts subject to NRA withholding that are distributed to, or included in the distributive share of, its direct partners, beneficiaries, or owners. 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Free tax return online An alien is considered a resident alien if the individual meets the substantial presence test for the calendar year. Free tax return online Under this test, the individual must be physically present in the United States on at least: 31 days during the current calendar year, and 183 days during the current year and the 2 preceding years, counting all the days of physical presence in the current year, but only 1/3 the number of days of presence in the first preceding year, and only 1/6 the number of days in the second preceding year. Free tax return online   In most cases, the days the alien is in the United States as a teacher, student, or trainee on an “F,” “J,” “M,” or “Q” visa are not counted. Free tax return online This exception is for a limited period of time. Free tax return online   For more information on resident and nonresident status, the tests for residence, and the exceptions to them, see Publication 519. Free tax return online Note. Free tax return online   If your employee is late in notifying you that his or her status changed from nonresident alien to resident alien, you may have to make an adjustment to Form 941 if that employee was exempt from withholding of social security and Medicare taxes as a nonresident alien. Free tax return online For more information on making adjustments, see chapter 13 of Publication 15 (Circular E). Free tax return online Resident of a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online possession. Free tax return online   A bona fide resident of Puerto Rico, the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), or American Samoa who is not a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online citizen or a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online national is treated as a nonresident alien for the withholding rules explained here. Free tax return online A bona fide resident of a possession is someone who: Meets the presence test, Does not have a tax home outside the possession, and Does not have a closer connection to the United States or to a foreign country than to the possession. Free tax return online   For more information, see Publication 570, Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Possessions. Free tax return online Foreign corporations. Free tax return online   A foreign corporation is one that does not fit the definition of a domestic corporation. Free tax return online A domestic corporation is one that was created or organized in the United States or under the laws of the United States, any of its states, or the District of Columbia. Free tax return online Guam or Northern Mariana Islands corporations. Free tax return online   A corporation created or organized in, or under the laws of, Guam or the CNMI is not considered a foreign corporation for the purpose of withholding tax for the tax year if: At all times during the tax year less than 25% in value of the corporation's stock is owned, directly or indirectly, by foreign persons; and At least 20% of the corporation's gross income is derived from sources within Guam or the CNMI for the 3-year period ending with the close of the preceding tax year of the corporation (or the period the corporation has been in existence, if less). Free tax return online Note. Free tax return online   The provisions discussed below under U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Virgin Islands and American Samoa corporations will apply to Guam or CNMI corporations when an implementing agreement is in effect between the United States and that possession. Free tax return online U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Virgin Islands and American Samoa corporations. Free tax return online   A corporation created or organized in, or under the laws of, the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Virgin Islands or American Samoa is not considered a foreign corporation for the purposes of withholding tax for the tax year if: At all times during the tax year less than 25% in value of the corporation's stock is owned, directly or indirectly, by foreign persons, At least 65% of the corporation's gross income is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the CNMI, or the United States for the 3-year period ending with the close of the tax year of the corporation (or the period the corporation or any predecessor has been in existence, if less), and No substantial part of the income of the corporation is used, directly or indirectly, to satisfy obligations to a person who is not a bona fide resident of the U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the CNMI, or the United States. Free tax return online Foreign private foundations. Free tax return online   A private foundation that was created or organized under the laws of a foreign country is a foreign private foundation. Free tax return online Gross investment income from sources within the United States paid to a qualified foreign private foundation is subject to NRA withholding at a 4% rate (unless exempted by a treaty) rather than the ordinary statutory 30% rate. Free tax return online Other foreign organizations, associations, and charitable institutions. Free tax return online   An organization may be exempt from income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code even if it was formed under foreign law. Free tax return online In most cases, you do not have to withhold tax on payments of income to these foreign tax-exempt organizations unless the IRS has determined that they are foreign private foundations. Free tax return online   Payments to these organizations, however, must be reported on Form 1042-S, even though no tax is withheld. Free tax return online   You must withhold tax on the unrelated business income (as described in Publication 598, Tax on Unrelated Business Income of Exempt Organizations) of foreign tax-exempt organizations in the same way that you would withhold tax on similar income of nonexempt organizations. Free tax return online U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branches of foreign persons. 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Free tax return online Documentation In most cases, you must withhold 30% from the gross amount paid to a foreign payee unless you can reliably associate the payment with valid documentation that establishes either of the following. Free tax return online The payee is a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person. Free tax return online The payee is a foreign person that is the beneficial owner of the income and is entitled to a reduced rate of withholding. Free tax return online In most cases, you must get the documentation before you make the payment. Free tax return online The documentation is not valid if you know, or have reason to know, that it is unreliable or incorrect. Free tax return online See Standards of Knowledge , later. Free tax return online If you cannot reliably associate a payment with valid documentation, you must use the presumption rules discussed later. Free tax return online For example, if you do not have documentation or you cannot determine the part of a payment that is allocable to specific documentation, you must use the presumption rules. Free tax return online The specific types of documentation are discussed in this section. Free tax return online However, see Withholding on Specific Income , later, as well as the instructions to the particular forms. Free tax return online As the withholding agent, you also may want to see the Instructions for the Requester of Forms W-8BEN, W-8ECI, W-8EXP, and W-8IMY. Free tax return online Section 1446 withholding. Free tax return online   Under section 1446 of the Code, a partnership must withhold tax on its effectively connected income allocable to a foreign partner. Free tax return online In most cases, a partnership determines if a partner is a foreign partner and the partner's tax classification based on the withholding certificate provided by the partner. 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Free tax return online Taxpayer Identification Numbers , later. Free tax return online U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online persons are not subject to NRA withholding, but may be subject to Form 1099 reporting and backup withholding. Free tax return online Form W-8. Free tax return online   In most cases, a foreign payee of the income should give you a form in the Form W-8 series. Free tax return online Until further notice, you can rely upon Forms W-8 that contain a P. Free tax return online O. Free tax return online box as a permanent residence address provided you do not know, or have reason to know, that the person providing the form is a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online person and that a street address is available. Free tax return online You may rely on Forms W-8 for which there is a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online mailing address provided you received the form prior to December 31, 2001. 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Free tax return online Beneficial Owners If all the appropriate requirements have been established on a Form W-8BEN, W-8ECI, W-8EXP or, if applicable, on documentary evidence, you may treat the payee as a foreign beneficial owner. Free tax return online Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding. Free tax return online   This form is used by a foreign person to: Establish foreign status; Claim that such person is the beneficial owner of the income for which the form is being furnished or a partner in a partnership subject to section 1446 withholding; and If applicable, claim a reduced rate of, or exemption from, withholding under an income tax treaty. Free tax return online   Form W-8BEN also may be used to claim that the foreign person is exempt from Form 1099 reporting and backup withholding for income that is not subject to NRA withholding. 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Free tax return online   If the foreign beneficial owner claiming a treaty benefit is related to you, the foreign beneficial owner also must certify on Form W-8BEN that it will file Form 8833, Treaty-Based Return Position Disclosure Under Section 6114 or 7701(b), if the amount subject to NRA withholding received during a calendar year exceeds, in the aggregate, $500,000. Free tax return online   An entity derives income for which it is claiming treaty benefits only if the entity is not treated as fiscally transparent for that income. Free tax return online See Fiscally transparent entity discussed earlier under Flow-Through Entities. Free tax return online   Limitations on benefits provisions generally prohibit third country residents from obtaining treaty benefits. Free tax return online For example, a foreign corporation may not be entitled to a reduced rate of withholding unless a minimum percentage of its owners are citizens or residents of the United States or the treaty country. Free tax return online   The exemptions from, or reduced rates of, U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online tax vary under each treaty. Free tax return online You must check the provisions of the tax treaty that apply. Free tax return online Tables at the end of this publication show the countries with which the United States has income tax treaties and the rates of withholding that apply in cases where all conditions of the particular treaty articles are satisfied. Free tax return online   If you know, or have reason to know, that an owner of income is not eligible for treaty benefits claimed, you must not apply the treaty rate. Free tax return online You are not, however, responsible for misstatements on a Form W-8, documentary evidence, or statements accompanying documentary evidence for which you did not have actual knowledge, or reason to know, that the statements were incorrect. Free tax return online Exceptions to TIN requirement. Free tax return online   A foreign person does not have to provide a TIN to claim a reduced rate of withholding under a treaty if the requirements for the following exceptions are met. Free tax return online Income from marketable securities (discussed next). Free tax return online Unexpected payments to an individual (discussed under U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online Taxpayer Identification Numbers ). Free tax return online Marketable securities. Free tax return online   A Form W-8BEN provided to claim treaty benefits does not need a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online TIN if the foreign beneficial owner is claiming the benefits on income from marketable securities. Free tax return online For this purpose, income from a marketable security consists of the following items. Free tax return online Dividends and interest from stocks and debt obligations that are actively traded. Free tax return online Dividends from any redeemable security issued by an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (mutual fund). Free tax return online Dividends, interest, or royalties from units of beneficial interest in a unit investment trust that are (or were upon issuance) publicly offered and are registered with the SEC under the Securities Act of 1933. Free tax return online Income related to loans of any of the above securities. Free tax return online Offshore accounts. Free tax return online   If a payment is made outside the United States to an offshore account, a payee may give you documentary evidence, rather than Form W-8BEN. Free tax return online   In most cases, a payment is made outside the United States if you complete the acts necessary to effect the payment outside the United States. 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Free tax return online   You may apply a reduced rate of withholding to income from marketable securities (discussed earlier) paid outside the United States to an offshore account if the beneficial owner gives you documentary evidence in place of a Form W-8BEN. Free tax return online To claim treaty benefits, the documentary evidence must be one of the following: A certificate of residence that: Is issued by a tax official of the treaty country of which the foreign beneficial owner claims to be a resident, States that the person has filed its most recent income tax return as a resident of that country, and Is issued within 3 years prior to being presented to you. Free tax return online Documentation for an individual that: Includes the individual's name, address, and photograph, Is an official document issued by an authorized governmental body, and Is issued no more than 3 years prior to being presented to you. Free tax return online Documentation for an entity that: Includes the name of the entity, Includes the address of its principal office in the treaty country, and Is an official document issued by an authorized governmental body. Free tax return online In addition to the documentary evidence, a foreign beneficial owner that is an entity must provide a statement that it derives the income for which it claims treaty benefits and that it meets one or more of the conditions set forth in a limitation on benefits article, if any, (or similar provision) contained in the applicable treaty. Free tax return online 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. Free tax return online   This form is used by a foreign person to: Establish foreign status, Claim that such person is the beneficial owner of the income for which the form is being furnished, and Claim that the income is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States. Free tax return online (See Effectively Connected Income , later. Free tax return online )   Effectively connected income for which a valid Form W-8ECI has been provided is generally not subject to NRA withholding. Free tax return online   If a partner submits this form to a partnership, the income claimed to be effectively connected with the conduct of a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online trade or business is subject to withholding under section 1446. 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Free tax return online possession to: Establish foreign status, Claim that such person is the beneficial owner of the income for which the form is being furnished, and Claim a reduced rate of, or an exemption from, withholding as such an entity. Free tax return online   If the government or organization is a partner in a partnership carrying on a trade or business in the United States, the effectively connected income allocable to the partner is subject to withholding under section 1446. Free tax return online   See Foreign Governments and Certain Other Foreign Organizations , later. Free tax return online Foreign Intermediaries and Foreign Flow-Through Entities Payments made to a foreign intermediary or foreign flow-through entity are treated as made to the payees on whose behalf the intermediary or entity acts. 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Free tax return online branches, to: Represent that a foreign person is a qualified intermediary or nonqualified intermediary, Represent, if applicable, that the qualified intermediary is assuming primary NRA withholding responsibility and/or primary Form 1099 reporting and backup withholding responsibility, Represent that a foreign partnership or a foreign simple or grantor trust is a withholding foreign partnership or a withholding foreign trust, Represent that a foreign flow-through entity is a nonwithholding foreign partnership, or a nonwithholding foreign trust and that the income is not effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States, Represent that the provider is a U. Free tax return online S. Free tax return online branch of a foreign bank or insurance company and either is agreeing to be treated as a U. Free tax return online S. 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Understanding Your CP518 Business Notice

This is a final reminder notice that our records still indicate you haven't filed a business tax return.


What you need to do

  • File your required business return immediately.
  • If eligible, file your return electronically with all required schedules, using your e-file provider, or
  • File a paper return with all required schedules
  • Complete the Response form enclosed with your notice and mail it to us, using the enclosed envelope:
    • To explain why you are filing late.
    • To explain why you don’t think you need to file.
    • If you already filed and it's been more than four weeks, or if you used a different name or employer ID number (EIN) than shown on the notice when filing.
  • If you filed within the last four weeks using the same name and EIN shown on the notice, you may disregard this notice.

You may want to...

  • Review Tax Information for Businesses which provides information regarding various business filing issues.
  • Review your records and ensure all returns are filed timely.

If we don't hear from you

  • We may determine your tax for you, and penalty and interest will continue to accrue.
  • If you are owed a refund for the current tax period, or any prior period, it may be delayed because of these unfiled return(s).

Answers to Common Questions

Why did I receive multiple CP 515 notices?
If your business hasn't filed tax returns, a notice will be generated and mailed for each tax form and tax period the IRS shows as delinquent.

I have never had employees and or filed this return previously so why did I receive a notice requesting me to file?
When you apply for an employer identification number, filing requirements are established requiring specific types of returns to be filed (e.g. Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment Tax Return; Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return; Form 1120, U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return, etc.). When the return isn't filed, the IRS considers it to be delinquent and generates a notice requesting the return be filed.

Do I still need to file a tax return even if I had no employees or business activity during the tax period(s) in question?
If you had no employees or business activity during a tax period, you aren't required to file a return for that tax period. You still need to respond to this notice. 

If you made Federal Tax Deposits or other payments or credits for the tax period, you must file a signed return showing the payments to get a refund.


Tips for next year

File all required returns by the appropriate due date.


  • Understanding your notice

    Your notice may look different from the sample because the information contained in your notice is tailored to your situation.

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How to get help

  • Call the 1-800 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
  • Authorize someone (e.g., accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848.
  • See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
     

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