If you have registered for an affiliate program like Bluehost, iPage, Hostgator, CJ etc then it is mandatory to fill up either W-9 or W-8 BEN (W-8 form has many types e.g. W-8ECI, W-8EXP, W-8IMY etc according to eligibility but most commonly used form is W-8BEN) tax form. W-9 form is for US (United States) persons and W-8 BEN form is for Non-US (United States) persons. Where US person means an individual who is citizen or resident of United States and Non-US person means an individual who is not citizen or resident of United States, in short, all who belongs to other countries. If you are Non-US (United States) person then you have to submit W-8 BEN form because according to US tax rule and regulations, if you are earning certain type of income from US then you have to submit W-8 BEN form to become a beneficial owner for United States Tax withholding. You can readily fill iPage and Hostgator W-8 BEN form because they do not ask you about EIN (Employer Identification Number) or SSN ( Social Security Number). Here I want to tell you that if you are from India then to apply in Hostgator affiliate program go to www.hostgator.in instead of www.hostgator.com because if you will register on www.hostgator.in then you will get your commission in Indian currency ( I mean in Rupees) and you do not have to fill W-8 BEN form. On the flip side, If you will apply for affiliate program on www.hostgator.com then they will pay you in Dollars and you will have to fill up W-8 BEN form. As I discussed above, it is easy to fill out iPage and Hostgator W-8 BEN form so I would like to discuss about Bluehost W-8 BEN form.
Fill out Blue-host W-8 BEN form for Non-US Person :-
- Enter your Name
- Country of your incorporation or organisation ( Enter your country name)
- Type of Beneficial owner: Individual (See list if other applicable)
- Your permanent address
- Your mailing address: Enter only if it is different from your permanent address otherwise leave it blank and proceed.