US tax withholding for W-8BEN

Can I just say that this form is insanely complicated? Explanatory notes, two treaties and their technical descriptions later (about an inch of paper), I think I’m nearly ready to send the single page, single sided form in. Now all I need to do is apply for a US tax identification number. Don’t start me on that. I have to get a bunch of original documents and visit the embassy before I can even send in that form.

[tags: us paperwork W-8BEN tax form]