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Glossary of FATCA terms

Retail Banking and Wealth Management – United Kingdom

This glossary provides you with a list of documents that we will accept. These documents will help us to establish whether we need to share information about any accounts and/or policies you hold with us with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), via HM Revenue and Customs.

IRS Form W-9

Please access the IRS website and complete Form W-9 which is a request for Tax Payer Identification Number and Certification. Please ensure you select the correct form – the IRS website has a search facility which should help you as some have very similar titles.

The original form must be handed in at a branch.

IRS Form W-8BEN

Please access the IRS website and complete Form W-8BEN, which is a Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding. Please ensure you select the correct form – the IRS website has a search facility which should help you as some have very similar titles.

The original form must be handed in at a branch.

Government Issued ID

We need a form of government-issued identification, which explicitly states your citizenship/nationality in a country other than the US.

Please select any one item from the following list: 
Current passport
Current National Identity Card
Current full UK photocard driving licence (provisional licences are acceptable for under 18s only)
Current full UK driving licence (old-style paper version)
Current overseas driving licence

The original identification must be handed in at a branch.

Explanation of Non-US citizenship

We need an Individual Certification of Loss of Nationality. The original certificate must be handed in at a branch.

Written Explanation of US Country of Birth

If you do not have a Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States (US), then a reasonable explanation of why this Certificate has not been obtained, or why US citizenship/nationality was not obtained at birth is required. Please click here for the form to be completed.

Written Explanation of US Address

Please click here for a form to complete to provide a written explanation of any US address held in your account details (correspondence or residential).

Documentary evidence of non-US status

We need documentary evidence that states your permanent residence address or indicates your country of residency or citizenship/nationality such as valid identification issued and authorised by a government body that is typically used for identification purposes and includes your full name.

Please select any one item from the following list:

  • Current passport
  • Current National Identity Card
  • Travel documents issued in the UK by the Home Office (blue and red)
  • Certificate of travel issued in the UK by the Home Office (black)
  • Current full UK photocard driving licence (provisional licences are acceptable for under 18s only)
  • Current full UK driving licence (old-style paper version)
  • Disabled parking document (blue or orange)
  • Recent Benefits Agency letter (Department for Works and Pensions, Jobcentre Plus, Benefits agency, Veterans Agency) confirming your right to benefits
  • UK birth certificate (for under 18s only)
  • National Health/Medical card (for under 18s only)
  • Armed Forces identity card
  • Current overseas driving licence
  • Shotgun certificate issued by a UK police authority

The original identification must be handed in at a branch.

(Page last updated July 2014)