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What FATCA documentation does PayPal collect and how do I provide it?

According to FATCA, the information that we must collect may include, but isn't limited to, the account holder’s address and U.S. TIN (if a U.S. person) or other TIN. 

A business entity can be required to provide:
  • Its country of incorporation.
  • Its business type or classification under FATCA.
  • A certification stating, among other things, whether the entity is or isn't considered a “Specified U.S. Person” (as the term defined by FATCA).
  • Whether it has or doesn't have substantial US owners or controlling persons.
  • If it does have substantial U.S. owners or controlling persons, the names and addresses of those owners or persons.

We must collect the necessary information through documentation such as a certification of non-U.S. status, a Form W-9 (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification) for U.S. entities or persons, or a Form W-8 BEN/BEN-E (Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting) for non-U.S. entities or persons.

Here’s how to provide us with your FATCA information:
  1. Go to your Account Summary.
  2. Click on the FATCA Alert.
  3. Follow the instructions provided.
Please review the certification or form before signing it with either your electronic or written signature. False statements may lead to penalties under applicable law. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the form, it may be beneficial to engage a tax counsel.
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