W-8BEN Tax Form
Lines 6 & 7 of the W-8BEN is asking for numbers that I have no idea what they are or where to find them.
Line 6 "Foreign tax identifying number" --- Line 7 "Reference number(s)"
In the past I applied to obtain an (ITIN) Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (nothing to do with Lulu) On the first two tries the IRS returned the forms indicating they were not completed properly. On the third try they wanted a completed tax return. So I finally gave up. They wore me down and kept my money.
How do you fill out this form if you don't have the information requested as per lines 6 and 7? Is there a completed sample form that provides the correct information or how to find the correct information? And don't refer me to the IRS website. It's a nightmare.
As I read on further, I read this:
- Non-US Lulu authors should complete and submit a W-8BEN form to remain on file with Lulu. A properly completed form provides us with your US, or non-us tax identification number and assigns you to a Resident Country.
The key here is "a properly completed form" - but how does completing this form provide Lulu with a non-us tax identification number?