Do you need an apostille on a Tax Residency Certificate?
U.S. treaty partners require the IRS to certify that the company or person claiming treaty benefits is a resident of the United States for the federal tax purposes. The IRS provides this residency certification on IRS Form 6166. This letter is typically referred to U.S. Residency Certification.
Form 6166 is a letter printed on U.S. Department of Treasury stationary certifying that the company or person is a resident of the United States for purposes of income tax laws of the United States. You may use this form to claim income tax treaty benefits and certain other tax benefits in foreign countries.
If you are planning to teach in a country who has a tax treaty with the United States, you can possibly avoid being taxed twice. We recommend that you contact the IRS to know if the country has a tax treaty with the United States.
Many business set up representation in foreign countries in order to conduct business in that country. If the country has a tax treaty with the United States, the individual or company must provide proof to the foreign government in order to qualify for the reduced tax rate. Form 6166 is also used to claim exemption from a VAT (Value Added Tax) imposed by a foreign country.
Tax treaties may allow residents of foreign countries to be taxed at a reduced rate. This helps prevent double taxation or a reduction in taxes owed.
In order to obtain an apostille on Form 6166, you must first obtain this document by completing form 8802. It is estimated that you will receive this form in a few weeks from the IRS. Once you have received the form printed on the Department of Treasury stationary, you can then mail-in this letter to our Washington, D.C. office for processing through the U.S. Department of State.
Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!