Before we can enable your Equix login with access to trade US stocks, you will need to complete a W-8BEN or W-8BEN- E Form.
What is a W-8 form?
A W-8 Form is a legal document required by the United States Internal Revenue Services (IRS) that allows foreign investors to claim special tax treaty benefits for dividends and interest payments relating to US investments. Completing a valid W-8 Form allows Australian residents to benefit from a reduced US tax rate of 15% on such payments. Without a valid W-8 form, any dividends or interest payments received as a result of holding US stocks would be subject to the higher tax rate at 30% (the statutory rate of withholding tax in the US).
The two most common types of W-8 forms relevant to OpenMarkets clients:
1. W-8BEN for individuals
2. W-8BEN-E for entities i.e. companies and trust/super fund accounts
Completing your W-8 form online (using eCerts tool)
OpenMarkets has partnered with US taxation agent GlobeTax to handle the registration of W-8 forms on behalf of our clients. To assist you in completing a W-8 Form, GlobeTax offers a secure online portal eCerts that will guide you through a series of questions, generating your W-8 form for you to complete and electronically sign.
Follow the steps below to complete your W-8 Form?
Register for a free login i.e. provide email and create password, and?enter Access Code:?USDOCS3014.
Enter your US Account ID:??(it will ask you for an account number)
Select W-8 form type
W-8BEN-E?for entities i.e. companies and trust/super fund accounts