I'm a Filipino citizen in the Philippines, how can I get an ITIN?
October 7, 2012 9:48 PM Subscribe
I'm currently a contractor for a U.S. based website which has just changed owners. The new owners now require all contractors to send updated IRS forms 8233 and W-8BEN. I'm a Filipino citizen residing in Manila. I do not have an ITIN - this was never required of us before. The new requirements presuppose that I have an existing ITIN.
posted by micketymoc to Work & Money (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
From my research, it seems I'll need to fill up a W-7 form to get an ITIN of my own. I'm a "nonresident alien required to get ITIN to claim tax treaty benefit"; the US and the Philippines share a tax treaty. None of the local accredited acceptance agencies want to touch my case, it seems too complicated for them.
I have a passport, a signed contract, and marriage/birth certificates as proof of foreign residence. Apart from this, I cannot seem to make any headway as to the best way to proceed. Please help!
(You are not my tax accountant and all that, I know... but any informed opinion is welcome. I am utterly lost.)