Submitting a W-8BEN

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In this article, we’ll go through 

Do I need to submit a W-8BEN? 

All creators who are not US citizens must submit a W-8BEN or W-8BEN-E in order to pay out their funds. This form ensures that the IRS knows that earnings you make on Patreon are not subject to US income tax. 

Where do I submit my W-8BEN or W-8BEN-E form?

To complete a W-8BEN form for your Patreon, follow the directions below: 

  1. Log in to your Patreon account. 
  2. Once logged into your account click the Settings button in the left menu to open your Settings. 
  3. Click into the Payouts and Taxes tab from the menu bar. 
  4. Scroll to the Tax settings section at the bottom of the page. 
  5. Click on the Fill out W-8BEN form or Fill out W-8BEN-E button to electronically complete a form. 

For detailed instructions on how to complete your W-8BEN form, we recommend reviewing:

Line 8. 

If you are providing this Form W-8BEN to document yourself with respect to a financial account that you hold with a U.S. office of a financial institution, provide your date of birth. Use the following format to input your information MM-DD-YYYY. For example, if you were born on April 15, 1956, you would enter 04-15-1956

What is the "Claim of Tax Treaty Benefits” section? 

If you are completing a W-8BEN form, you’ll have the option to answer the question "Are you claiming tax treaty benefits?” with a yes or no answer. If you answer “yes” here’s additional information for Line 9.


Line 9. 

If you are claiming treaty benefits as a resident of a foreign country with which the United States has an income tax treaty for payments subject to withholding under chapter 3, identify the country where you claim to be a resident for income tax treaty purposes. For treaty purposes, a person is a resident of a treaty country if the person is a resident of that country under the terms of the treaty. A list of U.S. tax treaties is available at

If you are an EU creator, we’ve created this Frequently Asked Questions guide to help you navigate through how taxes work on Patreon: EU Creator: Frequently Asked Tax Questions

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