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  • 1.  FIRPTA - W9, W8 and W8 BEN

    Posted 21 days ago

    Hello everyone,

    I hope you all had a great weekend; I want to take this opportunity to share a situation we encounter last week.

    The seller called our office requesting our services to complete FIRPTA paperwork, he stated that even when he was granted an investor's visa, he does not spend more than 183 days in the U.S. knowing all the fiscal compliance a foreign person is subject to, SMART! 

    The sales price of the property was over $1.1 million so there was no room for reduction, a few days later I contacted him to follow up and he said to me:
    "My tax attorney told me I only need to complete a W-9 and send it over to the Title Company"

    This is not only totally incorrect but worrisome, he is taking advise from his lawyer who clearly does not know FIRPTA rules.

    Again, when it comes to FIRPTA compliance I urge you to seek advice of a license tax professional specialized in this particular section of the tax code. A W-9, W-8 and/or W8-BEN are not "substitutes" for FIRPTA compliance forms.

    We are always happy to answer any questions you may have, do not hesitate to give us a call.



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    Mary Enzi CAA
    Tax Solutions – FIRPTA Consulting
    mary.santiago@taxss.com
    +1 (281) 578-1040
    Barker TX
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  • 2.  RE: FIRPTA - W9, W8 and W8 BEN

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hi Mary,  Interesting situation.  What did you do and how did you work it out?

    Edwin G. Generes, CPA (Inactive)
    Member: American Land Title Association
    Member: Association of International Certified Public Accountants
    Certified: Cybersecurity for Finance and Accounting Professionals

    FIRST ESCROW ACCOUNTING SERVICES, LLC
    1040 Old Spanish Trail, Suite 10
    Slidell, LA 70458
    985-317-3398 (Direct)
    985-641-3490, ext. 101

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  • 3.  RE: FIRPTA - W9, W8 and W8 BEN

    Posted 20 days ago

    Edwin:

    Thank you for asking, since the title company approached us, and the listing agent was also aware of the compliance, I first communicated to the seller and his agent that the attorney's advice was incorrect, I sent them the section of the IRS code, paragraph and supporting information so they didn't have to take my word for it, like he did with his attorney, I also emphasized the importance and risk of not doing this correctly to the agent. The seller was not happy, but who is?  Sellers have to send 15% (10% in the best case) of the sales price to the IRS for almost a year! I totally understand the frustration, I also understand the liability and the problems, after a little back and forth and the fact that I reminded him of the conversation we had over the phone which I summarized on an email for him the same day we talked he finally understood he was in fact subject to FIRPTA and the withholding was sent.

    It doesn't take "convincing" it takes understanding and explaining, it was a couple of interesting days.



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    Mary Enzi CAA
    Tax Solutions – FIRPTA Consulting
    mary.santiago@taxss.com
    +1 (281) 578-1040
    Barker TX
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  • 4.  RE: FIRPTA - W9, W8 and W8 BEN

    Posted 20 days ago
    Mary,

    I am certainly happy it all worked out.

    Ed

    Edwin G. Generes, CPA (Inactive)
    Member: American Land Title Association
    Member: Association of International Certified Public Accountants
    Certified: Cybersecurity for Finance and Accounting Professionals

    FIRST ESCROW ACCOUNTING SERVICES, LLC
    1040 Old Spanish Trail, Suite 10
    Slidell, LA 70458
    985-317-3398 (Direct)
    985-641-3490, ext. 101

    All our outgoing emails are supported by TLS encryption. We have verified the recipient(s) of this message has/have also enabled TLS encryption.   Email communications are automatically secure if their email server supports Transport Layer Security (TLS). This means the entire transmission is 100% secure and meets all NPI requirements for secure email communications.

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