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FATCA overview

There are a number of substantial changes being made by financial regulators, governments and banks, to ensure the protection and long-term safety of both the financial system and our customers’ interests. One of these regulations is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), effective 1 July 2014. This is a new piece of legislation by the United States Department of Treasury and the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to counter tax evasion in the US. FATCA will affect many of HSBC’s personal and business customers. The degree to which customers will be affected will vary across the bank, depending on the type of account, policy or agreement they hold with HSBC.

Impact to HSBC and our customers

HSBC is proud of our commitment to becoming fully FATCA-compliant in all countries where we operate. Other banks and financial organisations will also be affected. However their approach to adopting FATCA may differ to that of HSBC. We are currently reviewing the effect of the legislation for our customers in order to identify where we need to report information to the IRS or local tax authority. We may be contacting you to request further information or documentation in order to verify your tax status under FATCA. Please note that you may receive more than one request for information if you have multiple relationships with different members of the HSBC Group. Therefore, it is important that you respond to all requests, even if you believe you have already supplied the requested information.

Additional Information

W-9: This is a link to the US tax form (withholding certificate) referred to as a 'W-9' on the IRS website. This form is completed to confirm US tax status and to provide certain details such as a US Tax Identification Number (TIN).

W-8:  This is a link to the US tax forms (withholding certificates) referred to as ‘W-8s’ on the IRS website. This is a series of forms that can be completed to confirm non-US tax status. Further support when completing W-9 and W-8BEN.

In order to provide customers with further support when completing IRS W Forms, we have provided some additional customer guidance for W-9  and W-8BEN.

Written Explanation of US Address/Phone (S3): Written Explanation of US Address/Phone (S3): This is an HSBC document which you may be able to sign to provide written explanation, in English, for any US address or US territory address found on the account and/or US phone number.