Foreign Status Certification (IRS Form W-8)

If an account is held by a nonresident alien or a foreign entity,1 Fidelity must have Certificate of Foreign Status on file for the account. This information is required for U.S. tax withholding purposes on income earned in your Fidelity account. The W-8 certification is also required for U.S. tax withholding for distributions from retirement accounts (Traditional IRAs, SEP, SIMPLE).

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  1. 1 A non-resident alien is an individual who is not a citizen or resident of the United States. A foreign entity is a foreign corporation, partnership, intermediary, estate, or trust.