Frequently Asked Questions


What is a W-8BEN Form?

The W-8BEN Form is issued by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and documents that an investor is a non-US person, thereby allowing the investor to benefit from a reduced rate of taxation on dividends and coupons paid by US companies. If you wish to invest in US securities, you will have to provide us with a signed W-8BEN Form. The W-8BEN Form is valid for three calendar years after the year in which it was signed. A new form must be submitted when the existing one expires, and MeDirect will inform you in advance of its expiration. MeDirect recommends that you seek professional tax advice if you have any questions about the tax treatment of any investment.