Tax Department

2008 Update Tax Treaty forms 8233, W-8BEN, and W-9

Non-U.S. citizens who are currently claiming a reduced federal income tax withholding rate (including a full exemption from withholding) on payments pursuant to a tax treaty may need to complete updated tax forms for the calendar year 2008.

The Form 8233, Exemption from Withholding on Compensation for Independent Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien Individual, is only valid for the tax year for which it is filed.  Current Forms 8233 will expire December 31, 2007.

The Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Withholding, is effective for three calendar years.  Forms W-8BEN filed in the calendar year 2005 will expire December 31, 2007.

The Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification, is used to claim tax treaty benefits by a resident alien for tax purposes.  When the form is used to claim tax treaty benefits, the form must be updated annually with respect to wages and every three years for fellowship or stipend payments.

All individuals who are currently claiming a reduced withholding rate pursuant to a tax treaty and whose exemption forms will expire December 31, 2007 will be notified by letter or e-mail in mid-November 2007.  The notification will instruct individuals as to the required steps to claim a reduced withholding rate for calendar year 2008.  Renewed treaty forms must be submitted to the International Tax Office by December 19, 2007 and will be effective for payments made on or after January 1, 2008.

Individuals may schedule appointments by visiting the International Tax Office website at  Appointments will be held November 20 – December 19, 2007.  For further information, contact the University Tax Office by calling 432-5530 or 432-5597 or by e-mail or