Approved tax documents

This article lists approved tax documents you can provide for each tax form type if you're required to submit proof of identity, organization, or address.

W-9

Individual

  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Other Government ID
  • Reasonable Written Explanation
  • Certificate of Residence
  • Permit of Residence
  • Voter Registration Card
  • National ID Card
  • Armed Forces ID Card
  • Bank ID Card
  • Cedula
  • Qi Documentation

All business entities

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association

W-8BEN

Individual

  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Other Government ID
  • Reasonable Written Explanation
  • Certificate of Residence
  • Permit of Residence
  • Voter Registration Card
  • National ID Card
  • Armed Forces ID Card
  • Bank ID Card
  • Cedula
  • Qi Documentation

W-8BEN-E

Corporation

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association

Disregarded entity

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement

Partnership

  • Partnership Agreement
  • Certificate of Partnership
  • Certificate of Limited Partnership
  • Certificate of Registration
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association

Trusts

Simple, grantor, and complex trusts can use the following approved tax verification documents.
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement
  • Registration Certificate

Estates

A will is the only approved tax verification document for an estate.

Governments & central banks of issue

Government organizations and central banks of issue can use any of the following approved tax verification documents.
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement

Tax-exempt organizations & private foundations

Tax-exempt organizations and private foundations can use any of the following approved tax verification documents.
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement

W-8IMY

Qualified & nonqualified intermediaries

Qualified Intermediary Nonqualified Intermediary
Certificate of Incorporation Certificate of Incorporation
Registration Certificate Registration Certificate
Taxpayer Certificate Taxpayer Certificate
Articles of Association Articles of Association
Articles of Incorporation Articles of Incorporation
Memorandum of Association Memorandum of Association
  Partnership Agreement
  Certificate of Partnership
  Certificate of Limited Partnership
  Trust Deed
  Trust Agreement

 

US branches, withholding foreign partnerships, & withholding foreign trusts

US branches, withholding foreign partnerships, and withholding foreign trusts can use any of the following approved tax verification documents.
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association

Nonwithholding foreign partnership

  • Partnership Agreement
  • Certificate of Partnership
  • Certificate of Limited Partnership
  • Certificate of Registration
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association

Nonwithholding foreign simple & grantor trusts

Nonwithholding foreign simple trusts and nonwithholding foreign grantor trusts can use any of the following documents.
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement
  • Registration Certificate

Territory financial institution

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Certificate of Partnership
  • Certificate of Limited Partnership
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement

W-8ECI

Individual

  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Other Government ID
  • Reasonable Written Explanation
  • Certificate of Residence
  • Permit of Residence
  • Voter Registration Card
  • National ID Card
  • Armed Forces ID Card
  • Bank ID Card
  • Cedula
  • Qi Documentation

Corporation

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association

Partnership

  • Partnership Agreement
  • Certificate of Partnership
  • Certificate of Limited Partnership
  • Certificate of Registration

Trusts

Simple, grantor, and complex trusts can use the following approved tax verification documents.
Simple Trust Grantor Trust Complex Trust
Trust Deed Certificate of Incorporation Trust Deed
Trust Agreement Registration Certificate Trust Agreement
Registration Certificate Taxpayer Certificate Registration Certificate
  Articles of Association  
  Articles of Incorporation  
  Memorandum of Association  
  Trust Deed  
  Trust Agreement  

 

Estates

A will is the only approved tax verification document for an estate.

Governments & central banks of issue

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement

Tax-exempt organizations, private foundations, & international organizations

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement

W-8EXP

Foreign governments & governments of a US possession

Foreign governments and governments of a US possession can use any of the following tax verification documents.
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement

Foreign tax-exempt organizations & international organizations

Foreign tax-exempt organizations and international organizations can use any of the following tax verification documents.
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement

Foreign banks of issue & foreign private foundations

Foreign banks of issue and foreign private foundations can use any of the following tax verification documents.
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration Certificate
  • Taxpayer Certificate
  • Articles of Association
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Trust Deed
  • Trust Agreement
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