Opening Accounts for Nonresident Aliens
In 2010, Congress passed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010, P.L. 111-147 (the HIRE Act), which added chapter 4 of Subtitle A to the Code

That consisted of sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code and was commonly referred to as “FATCA” or “chapter 4.” 

Form W-8BEN has been divided into two versions – Form W-8BEN for use by individuals and Form W-8BEN-E for use by entities. Form W-8BEN will continue to be used to document nonresident alien individuals, while Form W-8BEN-E will be used to document foreign entities, for purposes of chapters 3 and 4, and under certain other sections of the Code to establish their status for withholding or reporting purposes.

We’ll examine the impact of FATCA, the new forms and 1042S reporting to the IRS. We’ll also look at acceptable forms of identification and Bank Secrecy Act issues in your Customer Identification Programs and due diligence.

Covered Topics

  • Who is a nonresident alien
  • How FATCA impacted your account opening procedures
  • Types of Identification to open account
  • CIP and CDD for Nonresident aliens
  • How to complete new W-8BEN and W-8BENE
  • New ITIN rules for expiration
  • Rules for using previous versions of the form
  • TIN requirements for Forms W-8BEN
  • Due Diligence requirements for withholding and “Reason to know”
  • Requesting a new W-8BEN
  • W-8 Period of Validity
  • Substitute Forms W-8
  • OFAC Special Issues


New Accounts Representatives, Branch Managers, Deposit Operations, Compliance, Security and Training

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Deborah Crawford is the President of Gettechnical Inc., a Virginia based training company. She specializes in the deposit side of the financial institution and is an instructor on IRAs, BSA, Deposit Regulations and opening account procedures. She was formerly with Hibernia National Bank (now Capital One) and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University. She has 27 years of combined teaching and banking experience.

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