Your relationship with Frost is very important to us and we want you to be informed about a new U.S. tax law that may affect your accounts.
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is a new U.S. law intended to promote better tax compliance by ensuring that U.S. citizens with assets held outside of the U.S. are appropriately complying with U.S. tax laws. FATCA also impacts foreign entities with accounts held in the U.S. Under FATCA regulations, foreign entities must certify their foreign status and, when necessary, report owner information in order to avoid 30% tax withholding on applicable payments.
FATCA impacts all U.S. banks and financial institutions, not just Frost. We appreciate your choosing Frost as a safe, sound place for you to do business. You are significant to us, and that is why we have been closely monitoring this new law.
NEW FOREIGN ACCOUNTS
Frost is committed to being fully FATCA compliant, and beginning July 1, 2014, all new foreign accounts will be required to complete new W-8 tax certification forms used to establish your foreign status. Additional documentation may be required to substantiate your account status if you use any U.S. indicators such as a U.S. address or phone number.
Forms of documentary evidence include a copy of one of the following:
- Current or unexpired visa (student, teacher or diplomatic)
- Current or unexpired non-U.S. passport or other form of government-issued identification supporting claim of citizenship in a country other than the U.S.
- Most current utility bill for a foreign residence
- Articles of Incorporation for organization
- Partnership or Trust Agreement
EXISTING FOREIGN ACCOUNTS
For existing accounts, you will receive a letter with information on how to re-certify your foreign status as your certification expires.
We realize you may have questions about this new law and what effect it may have on your accounts so we urge you to consult your tax or legal advisor regarding FATCA and your status under the law. While Frost is not legally able to provide you assistance with determining FATCA tax status or assist with the preparation of any tax forms, we are able to answer general questions about the law. If you would like to speak with us, please feel free to call us domestically at 800-513-7678 or internationally at 001-800-204-4401.
We are committed to serving you and thank you for trusting Frost to assist you with your financial needs.
LINKS TO IRS WEBSITE
Below are links to the W-8 instructions and documents on the IRS website for you to complete if necessary.
SAMPLE FORMS AND DOCUMENTS
Below are sample forms and documents for your reference.
Sample W-8BEN (English)
Sample W-8BEN (Spanish)
Frost US Address Justification Letter (English)
Frost US Address Justification Letter (Spanish)