W8BEN Form for buying US shares

Hi I am UK based. Could you tell me if the W8BEN form is filled in automatically when buying US shares or do I have to fill it in manually?

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How to provide a W-8BEN Form?

This can be done in 3 easy steps:

  1. Print the W-8BEN Form from the IRS website here.
  2. Fill in the required information.
  3. Send a picture of it or a scanned copy directly through your Trading 212 account or by email to id@trading212.com.
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When you buy a US stock you will be prompted to complete the form within the app electronically.

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Is that what you did?

If you opened your account after January then it was automatically generated when you signed up.


To sum up:

  • Newly created accounts are getting their W-8BEN submitted upon completing the sign-up;
  • Already active accounts can have their W-8BEN submitted:
    -by placing an order with US stocks - all personal details will be automatically prefilled, and one-click confirmation will be required;
    -by requesting it over our live chat/email/phone (we’ll prompt the same prefilled form as above);
    -By manually filling in the form and sending it over to us.

@Tony.V Thank you. This is much easier than I have known other brokers to make it.

I believe a W-8BEN expires after at the end of the subsequent third calendar year. I trust T212 will be warching for and preparing renewals for clients as needed?

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True that - it will be automatically renewed upon expiration :white_check_mark: