Foreign Entity W8

What is the “Location of Activity” when processing a payment in Accounts Payable, and why is it important to include?

  • Generally, the location of the activity would be where a service is being performed, property is being rented, or the location where fellowship income is expected to be utilized in support of one’s scholarship or research.
  • Royalties, copyrights, and patents, such as those paid for the use of intellectual properties (i.e., industrial properties and software licenses), are considered U.S.-sourced if...
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Which W-8 Form do foreign entities need to submit to Harvard in order to be set-up for payment as a vendor?

There are 3 forms Harvard is able to accept from a foreign entity to be set-up to receive payments as a supplier (W-8 BEN-E, W-8 EXP, or W-8 ECI). Information on the various forms can be found here https://nratax.oc.finance.harvard.edu/foreign-entity-w8-forms. We are unable to advise on which form should be used, as this is a individual business decision a supplier must make based on their legal structure, and...

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Foreign Entity W-8 Forms

As a withholding agent, Harvard University is required by the IRS to collect the appropriate W-8 form from any foreign entity to establish the entity's foreign status. These forms are a direct result of government regulations associated with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). In addition to the payment details provided when transactions are being processed to a foreign entity, these...

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Payments

Whether receiving or making payments, Harvard guidelines and U.S. tax/immigration regulations will influence the end result, including how the payment will be taxed. There are various compliance issues of which to be mindful, and numerous laws by which to abide, that will collectively determine the direction one should take. Work authorization, income category, visa type, tax residency status, and tax treaty eligibility are some of the many factors that influence how a payment to a foreign national should be processed.

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