Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2008-5 

February 4, 2008 

Announcement 2008-6

Update to Publication 1187, Specifications for Filing Form 1042-S, Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding, Electronically or Magnetically, revised September 2006


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This announcement supersedes Announcement 2007-110 and incorporates additional changes to Publication 1187, Specifications for Filing Form 1042-S, Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding, Electronically or Magnetically, revised September 2006. Continue to use this Publication along with the changes listed below for your Tax Year 2007 filing. The following changes are effective for Tax Year 2007 filed in calendar year 2008.

  • An explanatory note was added to the Recipient ‘Q’ Record which reads: If you are a nominee that is the withholding agent under Code Section 1446, enter the Publicly Traded Partnership’s (PTP) name and other information in the NQI/FLW-THR fields; positions 401-666.

  • In the Recipient ‘Q’ Record, a new field, NQI/FLW-THR State Code, was added to positions 643-644. Enter the two-alpha character state code (see table Part A, Sec. 14). If a state code or APO/FPO is not applicable then blank fill.

  • Additional instructions were added to the Recipient ‘Q’ Record, NQI/FLW-THR Country Code, positions 647-648. The instructions read: Enter the two-character Country Code abbreviation, where the NQI/FLW-THR is located. Enter blanks if the NQI/FLW-THR has a U.S. address.

  • The Field Title was changed and additional instructions were added to the Recipient ‘Q’ Record, NQI/FLW-THR Postal Code/ZIP Code, positions 649-657. The instructions read: Enter the alpha/numeric foreign postal code or U.S. ZIP Code for all U.S. addresses including territories, possessions and APO/FPO. Enter the code in the left most position and blank fill the remaining positions. DO NOT use hyphens or blanks between numbers or letters (e.g. if the postal code written as A6B 3C5 input as A6B3C5).

    Left-justify.

  • Some of the Canadian Province codes have changed. Use the chart below to code your file.

    Province Code Province
    AB Alberta
    BC British Columbia
    MB Manitoba
    NB New Brunswick
    NL Newfoundland & Labrador
    NS Nova Scotia
    NT Northwest Territories
    NU Nunavut
    ON Ontario
    PE Prince Edward Island
    QC Quebec
    SK Saskatchewan
    YT Yukon Territory

If you have questions concerning the filing of Form 1042-S, Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding, please contact the Internal Revenue Service ECC-MTB toll-free at 866-455-7438.


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