HomeAway sent me a nice email with a link to complete the US tax form W8-BEN but they sent me the one to be completed by an ENTITY and I am an individual - so I need the W8-BEN instead of the W8-BEN-E form. I cannot get anyone at Homeaway to take this seriously. As an individual I cannot fill in a form designed for an entity - it actually says so specifically at the top of the form! Does anyone know who I can speak with, or indeed how to speak with someone at Homeaway?
Form W8-BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for U.S. Tax Withholding, is used by a foreign person to establish both foreign status and beneficial ownership, and to claim income tax treaty benefits with respect to income other than compensation for personal services.
W-8BEN-E is an important tax document which allows businesses operating outside of the U.S. to claim tax exemption on U.S.-sourced income. The official document title is Certificate of Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (Entities).