21.8.6  Exemptions from US Withholding (Form 8233)

Manual Transmittal

September 02, 2014

Purpose

(1) This transmits revised IRM 21.8.6, International, Exemptions from U.S. Withholding (Form 8233).

Material Changes

(1) Editorial changes have been made throughout the IRM.

(2) IRM 21.8.6.3(6) Updated mail routing location.

(3) IRM 21.8.6.4 Updated whole section to conform to new INTLWebApps data base.

(4) IRM 21.8.6.5 Revised whole section to conform to new INTLWebApps data base.

(5) IRM 21.8.6.5.1 Revised whole section to conform to new INTLWebApps data base.

(6) IRM 21.8.6.5.1.2 Revised whole section to conform to new INTLWebApps data base.

(7) IRM 21.8.6.5.1.3 Revised whole section to conform to new INTLWebApps data base.

(8) IRM 21.8.6.5.1.4 Renamed and revised section to conform to new INTLWebAApps data base.

(9) IRM 21.8.6.5.1.5 Renamed and revised section to conform to new INTLWebApps data base.

Effect on Other Documents

IRM 21.8.6 effective October 1, 2013 is superseded.

Audience

Wage & Investment, Accounts Management Philadelphia Campus.

Effective Date

(10-01-2014)

James P. Clifford
Director, Accounts Management
Wage and investment Division

21.8.6.1  (02-25-2011)
Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS)

  1. Refer taxpayers to the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) (see IRM Part 13, Taxpayer Advocate Service), when the contact meets TAS criteria (see IRM 13.1.7, Taxpayer Advocate Case Criteria ), and you cannot resolve the taxpayer’s issue the same day. The definition of "same day" is within 24 hours. "Same day" cases include cases you can completely resolve in 24 hours, as well as cases in which you have taken steps within 24 hours to begin resolving the taxpayer’s issue. Do not refer these cases to TAS, unless they meet TAS criteria and the taxpayer asks to be transferred to TAS. Refer to IRM 13.1.7.4, Same-Day Resolution by Operations. When referring cases to TAS, use Form 911, Request for Taxpayer Advocate Service Assistance (and Application for Taxpayer Assistance Order), and forward to TAS in accordance with your local procedures. Preparation instructions for the Form 911 are available on the Form and in IRM 21.1.3.18, Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) Guidelines.

  2. The National Taxpayer Advocate has reached agreements with the Commissioners of the Wage & Investment (W&I) Division, Small Business & Self-employed (SB/SE) Division, Tax Exempt Government Entities (TE/GE) Division, Criminal Investigation (CI), Appeals, and Large Business & International (LB&I) Division, that outline procedures and responsibilities for the processing of TAS casework when either the statutory or delegated authority to complete case transactions rests outside of TAS. These agreements are known as Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The SLAs are located at http://tas.web.irs.gov/policy/sla/default.aspx.

  3. When referring cases to TAS, keep in mind that TAS employees do not have the delegated authority to make international adjustments. For more information about TAS’s delegated authorities, see IRM 13.1.4, TAS Authorities.

  4. For taxpayers who prefer to contact TAS directly, provide toll-free number 1-877-777-4778. Publication 1546, Taxpayer Advocate Service – Your Voice at the IRS, provides phone and address information for each Taxpayer Advocate Service office.

21.8.6.2  (10-01-2008)
General Disclosure Guidelines

  1. IRC § 6103 establishes the taxpayer's (T/P's) return and return information must be confidential, except as authorized by the Internal Revenue Code. You must be sure that you provide correct information to the correct T/P or authorized representative. Check the Integrated Data Retrieval System (IDRS) Command Code (CC) CFINK for the Power of Attorney (POA).

  2. IRC § 7213, IRC § 7213A, and IRC § 7431 provide criminal penalties and civil remedies to ensure that T/P's returns and return information remain confidential.

  3. For more information, refer to IRM 21.1.3.2, General Disclosure Guidelines and for full discussions, refer to IRM 11.3, Disclosure of Official Information.

  4. For information on Submission Processing Policy on the use of FAX and Signature Stamps, refer to IRM 21.3.4.12.8, Use of FAX for Taxpayer Submissions.

21.8.6.3  (10-01-2014)
Form 8233, Exemption From Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien Individual

  1. IRC § 1441 provides for withholding of tax on payments to nonresident aliens. Treasury Regulation 1.1441-4(b)(2) mandates using Form 8233 (or an acceptable substitute) by a nonresident alien who is claiming exemption from withholding of income tax on compensation for independent or dependent personal services income because of a tax treaty, or:

    If taxpayer (TP) is a nonresident alien individual who is receiving... Then, if the TP is the beneficial owner of that income, use this form to claim...
    Compensation for independent personal services performed in the United States A tax treaty withholding exemption for part or all of that compensation and/or to claim the daily personal exemption amount.
    Compensation for dependent personal services performed in the United States A tax treaty withholding exemption for part or all of that compensation.

    Note:

    Do not use Form 8233 to claim the daily personal exemption amount.

    Non-compensatory scholarship or fellowship income and personal service income from the same withholding agent A tax treaty withholding exemption for part or all of both types of income.
  2. Do not use Form 8233:

    If the TP is beneficial owner who is... Instead, use...
    Receiving compensation for dependent personal services performed in the United States and you are not claiming a tax treaty withholding exemption for that compensation Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
    Receiving non-compensatory scholarship or fellowship income and you are not receiving any personal services income from the same withholding agent Form W-8 BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding or, if elected by the withholding agent, Form W-4 for the non-compensatory scholarship or fellowship income.
    Claiming only foreign status or treaty benefits with respect to income that is not compensation for personal services Form W-8 BEN.
  3. Form 8233 is valid for only one (1) year. Form 8233 must be filed annually by the nonresident alien (foreign student, trainee, teacher, researcher, etc.) who remains in the United States for more than one year, and is receiving compensation for independent and dependent personal services. Return requests for prior year Form 8233. The withholding agent must annually file this form.

  4. The beneficial owner of the income gives Form 8233 to the withholding agent. The withholding agent then has five (5) days to:

    1. Determine the accurateness of Form 8233

    2. Sign Form 8233, and

    3. Forward it to the IRS

  5. Form 8233 can be faxed to Philadelphia Accounts Management Campus (PAMC) at 267-941-1365.

    Reminder:

    Do not accept any Form 8233 with a revision date prior to March 2009.

  6. The Form 8233 is processed at the Philadelphia Campus. If the Form 8233 is received in other locations, issue letter 86c to the withholding agent, prepare Form 3210, Document Transmittal and transship the Form 8233 and its attachments to:

    IRS
    U.S. Certification Clerical
    2970 Market St.
    BLN 3–E08.123
    Philadelphia PA 19104

  7. The withholding agent has to wait a minimum of ten (10) days before starting to withhold tax at the treaty rate (if any) reflected on the Form 8233 submitted by the foreign person. If the IRS rejects Form 8233 after the minimum 10 day waiting period, then the withholding agent, after having been informed by the IRS in writing, begins to withhold tax at the statutory rate of 30%.

    Reminder:

    Use the postmark date of the envelope as the IRS received date. If no postmark date is available, or if the envelope contains a Meter date, then use the withholding agent signature date (plus 1 day) from the Certification part of Form 8233 (e.g., if the signature date is 03/22/2014, then the received date is 03/23/2014).

  8. A Form 8233 that is either incorrect or incomplete is rejected and sent back to the withholding agent with IDRS "C" Letter 3383. Upon receipt of the Letter 3383C and Form 8233, the withholding agent is responsible to begin withholding at the 30% statutory rate. This means the withholding agent must tax any payments made to the foreign person, both now and in the future, or until a corrected Form 8233 is received and approved by the IRS.

  9. Box accurate Form 8233s with a control number and send to the Federal Record Center (Job No. N1-58-98-8, item 1) for storage. They are destroyed when 6 years old.

    Note:

    Tax Examiners use Table 2 of Publication 901, U.S. Tax Treaties or Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities for tax treaty information and Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens, Appendix A and B for attachment requirements. The daily personal exemption amount is calculated by taking the exemption amount and dividing it by the number of days in the year (365, or 366 in a leap year).

  10. Form 8233 Revision (3/2009) – The following list amplifies certain exceptions for lines 6 and 8.

    1. Line 6 - No visa serial number is required on Line 6. Line 6 must contain the visa type (e.g. F-1).

      Note:

      A resident of Canada or Mexico with a Border Crossing Card, or a foreign person with a Permanent Visa Waiver can leave Line 6 "blank" or write "NONE" in Line 6.

    2. Line 8 - If the TP is claiming a treaty benefit that is determined by reference to more than one "Date of Arrival," enter the earlier "Date of Arrival." For example, the TP is currently claiming treaty benefits (as a teacher or a researcher) under Article 19 of the tax treaty between the United States and Japan. The TP previously claimed treaty benefits (as a student) under Article 20 of that treaty. Under Article 22 of that treaty, the combination of consecutive exemptions under Articles 19 and 20 may not extend beyond 5 tax years from the date of the individual's arrival. Enter on Line 8, the date the TP entered the U.S. as a student.

21.8.6.3.1  (10-01-2007)
Form 8233 Attachment Sheet Required

  1. The following nonresident aliens are required to attach a sheet to Form 8233 to claim a tax treaty withholding exemption for compensation for dependent personal services. The format and contents are contained in Pub 519. For newly ratified treaties, the nonresident aliens must attach a statement in a format similar to those contained in Pub 519.

    Exception:

    Canadian students claiming benefits under Article XV are not required to attach the additional statements.

    • Professors

    • Teachers

    • Students

    • Researchers

    Reminder:

    Rev. Proc. 2005-44 obsoleted Rev. Proc. 93-22, Rev. Proc. 87-9, and Rev. Proc. 87-8 because many of those treaties have been updated or replaced and, as a consequence, these revenue procedures are no longer correct.

21.8.6.3.2  (10-01-2007)
Form 8233 Attachment Sheet Not Required

  1. Nonresident aliens that are visiting professors, teachers, and researchers receiving honoraria are considered independent contractors and not required to have an attachment sheet to Form 8233. Other categories of individuals receiving compensation for personal services that are not required to have an attachment to the Form 8233 include:

    • Guest Lecturers

    • Recipient of Director Fees

    • Visiting Professors Receiving Honoraria

    • Scholars

    • Business Vocational Trainees

    • Self-Employed Individuals

    • Other Independent Contractors

    Note:

    Residents of Canada, Mexico, or self-employed individuals, professors, scholars, and business vocational trainees are not required to submit the statement required in Appendix A or B of Publication 519.

21.8.6.3.3  (10-01-2012)
Visas – Exempt Groups

  1. The following groups of people are not required to write their passport number on Line 7b of Form 8233:

    1. Canadians

    2. Mexicans

    3. American Indians born in Canada.

21.8.6.3.3.1  (10-01-2007)
Visa Exempt – General

  1. The following list includes examples of visa exempt persons. If a filer is exempt from needing a Visa, they can write None on line 6 of Form 8233:

    • Canadian nationals, unless seeking to be admitted in the E-1 and E-2 categories

    • Canadian "landed immigrants" who have a "common nationality" with Canadian nationals (generally, those from British Commonwealth countries)

    • Aliens with a residence in Bermuda who have "common nationality" with British subjects in Bermuda

    • American Indians born in Canada

    • A Bahamian national, or a British subject who has his or her residence in the Bahamas

    • British subjects who have residence in, and arrive directly from, the Cayman Islands or the Turks and Caicos Islands with a current certificate from the Clerk of Court located in those islands indicating no criminal record

    • Natives and residents of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands who are proceeding in direct transit to the United States.

21.8.6.3.3.2  (03-16-2010)
Visa Exempt – "B" Purposes Only

  1. The following contains a list of people exempt for "B" purposes. If a filer is exempt from needing a Visa, they can write None on line 6 of Form 8233.

    • Canadian "landed immigrants" not covered by the "common nationality" rule, with a BCC strictly for B-1 or B-2 purposes. See IRM 21.8.6.3.3.1

    • Mexican nationals with a BCC strictly for B-1 or B-2 purpose

  2. The following is a list countries that qualify for the visa waiver program.

    • Andorra

    • Australia

    • Austria

    • Belgium

    • Brunei

    • Czech Republic

    • Denmark

    • Estonia

    • Finland

    • France

    • Germany

    • Greece

    • Hungary

    • Iceland

    • Ireland

    • Italy

    • Japan

    • Latvia

    • Liechtenstein

    • Lithuania

    • Luxembourg

    • Malta

    • Monaco

    • Netherlands

    • New Zealand

    • Norway

    • Portugal

    • San Marino

    • Singapore

    • Slovakia

    • Slovenia

    • South Korea

    • Spain

    • Sweden

    • Switzerland

    • United Kingdom

21.8.6.3.3.3  (10-01-2007)
Visa Exempt – Limited Purposes Only

  1. The following is a list of people exempt from a visa for a limited purpose. If a filer is exempt from needing a Visa, they can write None on line 6 of Form 8233.

    • Alien members of the U.S. armed forces, but only pursuant to their military duties

    • Aliens entering pursuant to the International Boundary and Water Commission Treaty

    • Armed services personnel entering the United States pursuant to an individual or collective movement order issued by an appropriate agency under the Agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) regarding the Status of their Forces

    • Personnel attached to an allied headquarters in the United States who belong to the armed forces of a member government of NATO and who enter the United States in connection with their official duties

    • Foreign government officials in transit through the U.S., provided they are in possession of a valid unexpired visa and a travel document which is valid for entry into a foreign country

    • Aliens proceeding in immediate and continuous transit through the United States under contracts entered into between transportation lines and the Attorney General (nationals of some countries are barred from this category)

    • British, French or Netherlands nationals, or nationals of Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, or Trinidad and Tobago who have residence in British, French, or Netherlands territory located in the Caribbean, or a residence in Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago, provided such nationals are proceeding to the United States as agricultural workers

    • Nationals of the British Virgin Islands who are proceeding to the United States Virgin Islands

    • An alien who is well and favorably known at the consular office, who has previously been issued a non-immigrant visa which has since expired, who is embarking on a direct journey to the United States under emergent circumstances, and who has obtained a waiver of the visa requirement by joint action of consular officers and immigration officers abroad

    • An alien who is in active duty as a member of the armed forces of a foreign country which is making a friendly call in the U.S. under advance arrangements made with the military authorities of the U.S.

    • A non-immigrant who satisfies to the district director of the USCIS in charge of the port entry, after consultation with the concurrence by the director of the visa office of the State Department, that, because of an unforeseen emergency, he was unable to obtain the required documents

21.8.6.4  (10-01-2014)
Form 8233 - INTLWebApps Database

  1. In this database, multiple users can simultaneously enter Form 8233. The data records in this database are held in retention for six years before being purged.

  2. Two computer generated letters were created for this program. These letters are the 4070 (CG) and 4071 (CG) letters. Letter 4070 (CG) is the approval letter and Letter 4071 (CG) is the Checklist Rejection letter. These letters are systemically generated when the form has been saved and will show at the bottom of the summary screen. They are labeled Accepted Letter and Rejected Letter. Upon completion of input, the appropriate letter will be highlighted. The computer will auto-fill the "Withholding Agent's name, address, city, state, zip, Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), Non-Resident Alien's Name, TIN, Tax Year, and the IRS employee's (User's) contact information."

  3. Each record contains certain required fields, which if not present, are displayed to the user after the form has been saved. Unless the user is able to immediately correct the field, Form 8233 is rejected. The following checks are initiated upon depressing the save button and will only be seen on the summary screen:

    • Identifies all empty "must be present fields."

    • Enters the current date in the reject date field or the accept date field.

    • Assigns a 10 digit Control number. The 10 digit number begins with the 4 digit tax year and an ascending 6 digit number (e.g. 2014000001).

  4. Currently, all users who are accessing Form 8233 have the same class which can allow users to create, search and update Form 8233. All users can look up the Country table and Visa table. No user can change constant tables. If different levels of user privileges are needed, contact your manager.

  5. The 8233 data entry screen is divided into 5 sections. The 5 sections are as follows:

    • Section 1 contains the fields for Part I.

    • Section 2 contains the fields for Part II.

    • Section 3 contains the fields for Part III and Part IV.

    • Section 4 contains user WIthholding Agent Information.

    • Section 5 contains the confirmation page.

21.8.6.5  (10-01-2014)
Getting Started - Accessing Form 8233 Database

  1. Once Form 8233 has been processed, it must be recorded in the INTLWebApps database. Continue to report your time under Function 710 Program 38700.

  2. INTLWebApps is a web based application. No restriction is related to a users PC. Any IRS approved web browser can be used to access the application within the IRS network.

  3. Users can apply for access via OL5081. His/her manager must approve the access first. INTLWebApps access can be obtained after the application administrators approve it.

  4. The Info Connect session can be found at http://ds00116.dcc.irs.gov:7005/INTLWebApps/

  5. To gain access to the database using the On-line 5081 process the user must select INTLWebApps with supplemental Form 8233.

  6. If your contact information is not in the database you will not be able to sign on at all. The information in this section is now "Read Only" in the new database. You are added to the database once your 5081 has been approved. These fields are located at the top of the screen once you sign into the database.

21.8.6.5.1  (10-01-2014)
INTLWebApps — Form 8233 Header Field Descriptions

  1. Form 8233: Once you log on by default you are on the 8233 input page.

  2. Support Files: These files are "read only" .

  3. My Profile: Here you can add your user information and change your password.

  4. Logout: This is where you log out of the system.

21.8.6.5.1.1  (10-01-2014)
Form 8233 Part I Section Field Descriptions

  1. To begin input of the Form 8233, select new

  2. Tax Year - This is a drop down menu and the format for this field is "YYYY" . The valid characters are numeric (0-9).

    Note:

    The drop down box for this field is preset with the current tax year, and can be changed to the previous tax year or the next tax year

  3. SSN/ITIN (Part 1, Line 2) The valid characters are numeric (0-9). The hyphens will auto generate upon entry. This field must be completed.

    Note:

    Enter the SSN or ITIN identified on the Form 8233. If the applicant has neither an SSN nor an ITIN he or she can attach a copy of their completed Form W-7 or Form SS-5. Enter 111111112 as an identification number when the tax identification number has not been received by the applicant.

  4. Foreign TIN - (Part I, Line 3) – This is a 20 position field. The valid characters are alpha (az), numeric (0-9), hypen (-), or a space. This field is not required.

  5. Last Name - (Part I, Line 1) – This is a 40 position field. The valid characters are alpha (a-z). This field must be completed.

  6. First Name - (Part I, Line 1) – This is a 40 position field. The valid characters are alpha (a-z). This field must be completed.

  7. Permanent Residence Address (foreign) - (Part I, Line 4) –The permanent residence address consists of two lines (no P.O. Box allowed). Each line or field accepts up to 40 characters. The valid characters are alpha (a-z), numeric (0-9), period (.), apostrophe ('), slash (/), percent in lieu of in care of (%), pound (#), and "blank space" . Only one line (field) must be completed.

  8. City (domestic or foreign): The City field is a 40 position field. The valid characters are alphas (a-z). This field must be completed. Enter the foreign city name here (omitting this will cause a field validation error).

  9. Province Name - The Province name is a 40 position field. The valid characters are alphas (a-z), numeric (0-9), period (.), slash (/), hyphen (-), apostrophe ('), and "blank" . This field is not required for a U.S. address.

  10. Country Name - The country name is a 40 position field that is accessible by a drop down menu. This field must be completed, if the State Code field is blank.

  11. Postal/Zip Code - The Postal code is a 10 position field. The valid characters are numeric (0-9) and alphas (a-z). Enter the domestic zip code or foreign postal code here.

  12. U. S. Address - (Part I, Line 5) – The U. S. Address consists of two lines (no P.O. Box allowed). Each line or field accepts up to 40 characters . The valid characters are alphas (a-z), numeric (0-9), period (.), apostrophe ('), slash (/), percent in lieu of in care of (%), pound (#), and "blank space" . This field must be completed.

  13. City - The City field is a 40 position field. The valid characters are alphas (a-z). This field must be completed.

  14. State Code - The State Code is a 2-position field a drop down menu with the 2 digit State Code is available for use. This field must be completed.

  15. ZIP Code - The ZIP code is a 10 position field. The valid characters are numeric (0-9). This field must be completed. This ZIP Code field cannot have less than 5 characters.

  16. Visa Type - (Part I, Line 6) – This field must be completed. A drop down menu listing all the visa types is available for use.

  17. Country Issuing Passport - (Part I, Line 7a) – This field must be completed. This field is accessible by a drop down menu.

  18. Passport # - (Part I, Line 7b) – This is a 20 position field. The valid characters are alphas (a-z) and numeric (0-9). This field must be completed.

  19. Date of Arrival - (Part I, Line 8) – This field must be completed. Enter the date of arrival in MM/DD/YYYY format. The valid characters are numeric 0-9.

  20. Current Non-Immigrant Status - (Part I, Line 9a) – This is a 20 position field. This field must be completed. The valid characters are alphas (a-z) and numeric (0-9).

  21. Current Non-Immigrant Status Expires - (Part I, Line 9b) – This field must be completed, unless the non-immigrant enters "DS" in this field. If "DS" is entered, then skip to the " Duration of Status" radio button. Otherwise, enter the date that the current non-immigrant status expires in MM/DD/YYYY format.

  22. Duration of Status? - If the non-immigrant does not enter a date in Part I, Line 9b, check the box.

  23. Is Part I Line 10 checked? - If a non-immigrant checks the box on line 10, put a check in the box.

  24. Is statement attached? - (Part I, Line 10 cont’d) – If there is an additional statement attached, check the box.

    Reminder:

    This field must be answered "YES" if a check mark appears in Part I, Line 10.

21.8.6.5.1.2  (10-01-2014)
Form 8233 Part II Tab Field Descriptions

  1. Description of Personal Services - (Part II, Line 11a) – This field must be completed. A drop down menu listing the most commonly used descriptions of the services performed is available for use. However, if the description of personal services doesn't appear in the drop down menu, then select "other services" . When the OTHER Services option is selected from the drop down list, the user must enter the description of the services performed in the field identified as Other Services. If the "OTHER services" selection is not selected, then the Other services field is disabled and the cursor will move to the next field.

  2. Other services - This is a 200 position field which is disabled whenever the description in the "Description of Personal Services" field is not set to "other."

  3. Anticipated Compensation To Be Paid - (Part II, Line 11b) – This is a 12 position field (dollars only). The valid characters are numeric (0-9). This field must be completed.

  4. Tax Treaty Article for Exempt Compensation - (Part II, Line 12A) – This field must be completed. A drop down menu listing the Tax Treaty Article number has been built into this menu for easy selection.

  5. Amount of Compensation Exempt by Tax Treaty - (Part II, Line 12b) – This is a 12-position field (dollars only). The valid characters are numeric (0-9). The exemption amount cannot be greater than the "Anticipated Compensation" amount. This field must be completed if a Tax Treaty Article is cited.

    Note:

    This field will not accept an entry without a Tax Treaty Article citation present in the previous field.

  6. Country of Permanent Residence - This field must be completed. The country name in this field must also be cited in the "Tax Treaty Article for Exempt Compensation" field above.

  7. Scholarship or Fellowship Amount - (Part II, Line 13a) - This is a 12-position field (dollars only). The valid characters are numeric (0-9).

  8. Tax Treaty Article for Exempt Scholar/Fellowship Income - (Part II, Line 13b) – This field must be present if a significant entry appears in the Scholarship or Fellowship Amount (PART II, LINE 13a) field. A drop down menu listing the Tax Treaty Article number has been built into this menu for easy selection.

  9. Scholarship or Fellowship Amount Exempt by Tax Treaty - (Part II, Line 13c) - This is a 12 position field (dollars only). This field must be present if a significant entry appears in the Scholarship or Fellowship Amount (Part II, Line 13a) field. The valid characters are numeric (0-9). The exemption amount cannot be greater than the "Scholarship or Fellowship Amount" amount.

    Note:

    This field will not accept an entry without a Tax Treaty Article citation present in the previous field.

  10. Supporting Facts - (Part II, Line 14) – This is a 200 position field. The valid characters are alphas(a-z), numeric (0–9), and symbols (apostrophe ('), slash (/), percent in lieu of in care of (%), pound (#)). This field must be completed when an entry is present in any of the following lines: 12a, 12b, 12c, 13a, 13b, or 13c. Otherwise, this field plus the next four fields are disabled.

  11. # of Personal Exemptions - (Part II, Line 15) – This is a 4 position field. The valid characters are numeric (0-9). This is not a required field.

  12. # of Days this year performing service in U.S. - (Part II, Line 16) - This is a 3 position field. The valid characters are 001 thru 366. This is not a required field.

  13. Daily Personal exemption Amount - (Part II, Line 17) - This is a 12 position field (dollars and cents). The valid characters are numeric (0-9). This is not a required field.

  14. Total Daily Personal exemption Amount - (Part II, Line 18) - This is a 12 position field (dollars and cents), which may or may not be present. The valid characters are numeric (0-9). This field cannot be less than the daily personal exemption amount.

21.8.6.5.1.3  (10-01-2014)
Form 8233 Part III and IV Section Field Descriptions

  1. "Part III:" Certification of Beneficial Owner -If the non immigrant signed Part III Certification, check the box.

  2. "Part IV:" Withholding Agent Certification - If the withholding agent signed Part IV Withholding Agent Acceptance and Certification, then check the box.

  3. EIN - (Part IV) - This is a 9 position field. The valid characters are numeric (0-9). Once the EIN is input, the corresponding information is populated into the next 6 fields.

  4. Withholding Agent Name - (Part IV) – This is a 50 position field. This field must be completed. The valid characters are alphas (a-z), numeric (0-9) and symbols.

  5. U. S. Address - The address is a 40 position field. Two lines have been provided for the address. This field must be completed. The valid characters are alphas (a-z) and numeric (0-9).

  6. City, State, Zip Code - The city is a 40 position field. The state is a 2 position field accessible from the drop down menu. These fields must be completed. The valid characters are alphas (a-z). The U. S. ZIP code is a 10 position. The valid characters are numeric (0-9). This field cannot have less than five characters.

    Exception:

    If the address provided is a foreign address, leave this field blank.

  7. Telephone # - (Part IV) - This is a 10 position field. The valid characters are numeric (0-9). This field is not a required field.

21.8.6.5.1.4  (10-01-2014)
Audit Trail

  1. After the form has been saved, copy the control number onto the upper right corner of the Form 8233. Enter your SEID and date of input on the bottom of the form.

21.8.6.5.1.5  (10-01-2014)
Edit Mode and Printing

  1. To access Edit Mode, click Search/Edit. Enter your search criteria when prompted. There are four options:

    • Control number

    • SSN

    • Foreign Tin

    • Beneficial Owner Name

  2. Once you have input your desired selection, click the appropriate coordinating button to access your document.

  3. Locate your document

    If then
    There are errors that can be corrected correct the errors and save the document
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Exhibit 21.8.6-1 
Tax Treaties Currently in Force

Country Name Country Name Country Name
Australia Iceland Philippines
Austria India Poland
Bangladesh Indonesia Portugal
Barbados Ireland Romania
Belgium Israel Russia
Bermuda (limited benefits IRC § 274(h)(6) ) Italy Slovak Republic
Bulgaria Jamaica Slovenia
Canada Japan South Africa
China, People's Republic of Kazakhstan Spain
Commonwealth of Independent States* Korea, Republic of Sri Lanka (1/1/04 - 9/1/04 for other taxes and taxes withheld at source)
Cyprus Latvia Sweden
Czech Republic Lithuania Switzerland
Denmark Luxembourg Thailand
Egypt Malta Trinidad & Tobago
Estonia Mexico Tunisia
Finland Morocco Turkey
France Netherlands Ukraine
Germany New Zealand United Kingdom
Greece Norway Venezuela
Hungary Pakistan  

*The U.S. - U.S.S.R. income tax treaty applies to the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Exhibit 21.8.6-2 
Country Code List

Foreign Country Country Code
Abu Dubai AE
Afghanistan AF
Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area AX
Aland Island XI
Albania AL
Algeria AG
Andorra AN
Angola AO
Anguilla AV
Antarctic Lands FS
Antarctica AY
Antigua AC
Antigua & Barbuda AC
Argentina AR
Armenia AM
Aruba AA
Ascension XA
Ashmore Island AT
Ashmore & Cartier Islands AT
Australia AS
Austria AU
Azerbaijan AJ
Azores XZ
Bahamas BF
Bahrain BA
Baker Island FQ
Balearic Islands SP
Bangladesh BG
Barbados BB
Barbuda AC
Bassas da India BS
Belarus BO
Belgium BE
Belize BH
Benin BN
Bermuda BD
Bhutan BT
Bolivia BL
Bonaire NT
Bosnia-Herzegovina BK
Botswana BC
Bouvet Island BV
Brazil BR
British Indian Ocean Territory IO
British Virgin Islands VI
Brunei BX
Bulgaria BU
Burkina Faso UV
Burma BM
Burundi BY
Caicos Islands TK
Cambodia CB
Cameroon CM
Canada CA
Canary Islands XY
Cape Verde CV
Cartier Island AT
Cayman Islands CJ
Central African Republic CT
Chad CD
Channel Islands XC
Chile CI
China CH
Christmas Island KT
Clipperton Islands IP
Cocos Island CK
Colombia CO
Comoros CN
Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville) CF
Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa) CG
Cook Islands CW
Coral Sea Islands Territory CR
Costa Rica CS
Cote d'Ivoire IV
Croatia HR
Cuba CU
Curacao NT
Cyprus CY
Czech Republic EZ
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North) KN
Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa) CG
Denmark DA
Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area DX
Djibouti DJ
Dominica DO
Dominican Republic DR
Dubai AE
East Timor TT
Ecuador EC
Egypt EG
El Salvador ES
Eleuthera Island BF
England XE
Equatorial Guinea EK
Eritrea ER
Estonia EN
Ethiopia ET
Europa Island EU
Falkland Islands FK
Faroe Islands FO
Fiji FJ
Finland FI
France FR
French Guiana FG
French Polynesia FP
French Southern & Antarctic Lands FS
Futuna WF
Gabon GB
Gambia GA
Gaza Strip GZ
Georgia GG
Germany GM
Ghana GH
Gibraltar GI
Glorioso Islands GO
Great Britain UK
Greece GR
Greenland GL
Grenada GJ
Grenadines VC
Guadeloupe GP
Guatemala GT
Guernsey GK
Guinea GV
Guinea-Bissau PU
Guyana GY
Haiti HA
Heard Island & McDonald Island HM
Holy See VT
Honduras HO
Hong Kong HK
Howland Island HQ
Hungary HU
Iceland IC
India IN
Indonesia ID
Iran IR
Iraq IZ
Ireland EI
Isle of Man IM
Israel IS
Italy IT
Jamaica JM
Jan Mayen JN
Japan JAPAN
Jarvis Island DQ
Jersey JE
Johnston Atoll JQ
Jordan JO
Juan de Nova Island JU
Kazakhstan KZ
Kenya KE
Kingman Reef KQ
Kiribati KR
Korea (North) KN
Korea (South) KS
Kurile Islands RS
Kuwait KU
Kyrgyzstan KG
Laos LA
Latvia LG
Lebanon LE
Lesotho LT
Liberia LI
Libya LY
Liechtenstein LS
Lithuania LH
Luxembourg LU
Macau MC
Macedonia MK
Madagascar MA
Malawi MI
Malaysia MY
Maldives MV
Mali ML
Malta MT
Martinique MB
Mauritania MR
Mauritus MP
Mayotte MF
McDonald Island HM
Mexico MX
Midway Islands MQ
Miquelon SB
Moldova MD
Monaco MN
Mongolia MG
Montenegro MJ
Montserrat MH
Morocco MO
Mozambique MZ
Myanmar XM
Namibia WA
Nauru NR
Navassa Island BQ
Nepal NP
Netherlands NL
Netherlands Antilles NT
Nevis SC
New Caledonia NC
New Zealand NZ
Nicaragua NU
Niger NG
Nigeria NI
Niue NE
Norfolk Island NF
North Korea KN
Northern Ireland XN
Norway NO
Oman MU
Other (country not identified elsewhere) XX
Pakistan PK
Palmyra Atoll LQ
Panama PM
Papua New Guinea PP
Paracel Islands PF
Paraguay PA
Peru PE
Philippines RP
Pitcairn Islands PC
Poland PL
Portugal PO
Principe TP
Qatar QA
Redonda VI
Republic of Korea (South) KS
Republic of Singapore SN
Reunion RE
Romania RO
Russia RS
Rwanda RW
Ryukyu Islands JA
S Georgia Island SX
S Georgia Island & S Sandwich Island SX
S Sandwich Island SX
San Marino SM
Sao Tome and Principe TP
Sarawak MY
Saudi Arabia SA
Scotland XS
Senegal SG
Serbia RI
Seychelles SE
Sierra Leone SL
Singapore SN
Slovak Republic XR
Slovakia LO
Slovenia SI
Solomon Islands BP
Somalia SO
South Africa SF
South Georgia Island SX
South Georgia Island & South Sandwich Island SX
South Korea KS
South Sandwich Island SX
Spain SP
Spratly Islands PG
Sri Lanka CE
St. Helena SH
St. Kitts & Nevis SC
St. Lucia ST
St. Miquelon SB
St. Pierre SB
St. Pierre & Miquelon SB
St. Vincent & Grenadines VC
Sudan SU
Suriname NS
Svalbard SV
Swaziland WZ
Sweden SW
Switzerland SZ
Syria SY
Taiwan TW
Tajikistan TI
Tanzania TZ
Thailand TH
The Bahamas BF
The Gambia GA
The Netherlands NL
Togo TO
Tokelau TL
Tonga TN
Tortola VI
Trinidad and Tobago TD
Tristan Da Cunha XT
Tromelin Island TE
Tunisia TS
Turkey TU
Turkmenistan TX
Turks & Caicos Islands TK
Tuvalu TV
Uganda UG
Ukraine UP
United Arab Emirates AE
United Kingdom UK
Uruguay UY
Uzbekistan UZ
Vanuatu NH
Vatican City VT
Venezuela VE
Vietnam VM
Wake Island WQ
Wales XW
Wallis and Futuna WF
West Bank WE
Western Sahara WI
Western Samoa WS
Windward Island VC
Yemen YM
Yugoslavia YI
Zaire CG
Zambia ZA
Zimbabwe ZI

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