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Dear community,

I have to fill a W-8BEN form and I live in Italy. I carefully read the instructions but I’m still not sure whether I can send the form or not since “Date of birth” at line 8 is mandatory and I don’t know if I have to fill the field; from what I understand by reading https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/iw8ben.pdf (instructions for W-8BEN, as linked on Gengo website), I need to be “an account holder with respect to a financial account that you hold with a U.S. office of a financial institution (including a U.S. branch of an FFI)”, but I don’t have a bank account. I was planning to receive payment through my PayPal e-mail and then transfer money to my prepaid card. Can you give me further clarifications regarding line 8? What is the purpose of it? Thank you, I hope you can answer my question.

Alfonso D.

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    Lara Fernandez

    Hi Alfonso - please refer to the instructions here to fill out your form :)
    Line 8 Date of Birth requires simply your birthday, and it's not mandatory.
    If you need assistance, please email support@gengo.com.

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    Alfonso

    Hello,

    thanks for the reply. At least for me, my W-8BEN form requires it. If I click the red arrow on the left side of the page on RightSignature, it points me to line 8, Date of Birth. Also, there's a small red arrow on the left of that field and it counts as field left for validation. Maybe I can put something like "not applicable"? Any help or clarifications?

    Alfonso D.

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    Lara Fernandez

    Hi Alfonso,

    If it's required, all you need to enter is your birth date :)
    It has nothing to do with being an account holder of a financial account in the U.S.

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    elisa.ghezzi

    Dears, I'm reading the instructions but I still have doubts about part 2: it seems I can leave it blank (if I read the instructions), but there are mandatory fields...how should I proceed? I am italian too

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    Lara Fernandez

    Hi @elisa.ghezzi -- please shoot a quick email to support@gengo.com for assistance :)

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