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Purpose

If you are an international (aka not a citizen of the USA) you must fill out a W-8BEN form if you will be redeeming more than $600 worth in points (works out to be 12000 points).

This form essentially states that you are not required to pay any income tax. The form will be kept by Curse and not submitted to the IRS. You will have to claim any income earned via the Rewards Program as income within your own country. These documents will be stored securely and the information provided will only be revealed to the IRS in event of an audit or as otherwise required by law.

Where to get the form

The one page W-8BEN form can be downloaded here. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view it.

Accompanying the one page W-8BEN are six pages of instructions if you wish to read them. This knowledge base article will attempt to help you fill out the form without spending time reading the instructions.

Filling out the form

Canada

Canada US Tax Treaty

Information for this taken from http://taxes.about.com/od/taxplanning/qt/form_W8BEN.htm.

Line Numbers:

  1. Your name.
  2. "Canada"
  3. Check off "Individual"
  4. Your address.
  5. Mailing address if different from Line 4.
  6. Blank
  7. Blank
  8. Blank
  9. Check 9a and write in "Canada". Check any other boxes that apply to you (if appropriate).
  10. Write in XXII for the article, and 0 for the percent. For type of income write in "Reward Program Gifts." In space for an explanation, write in "Individual is a resident of Canada and has no fixed place of business in the USA."

France

Line Numbers:

  1. Your name.
  2. "France"
  3. "Individual"
  4. Your address.
  5. Blank (same as 4).
  6. Blank
  7. Blank
  8. Blank
  9. Check 9a and "France".
  10. Article: 22, 0 percent. Type of income: "Reward Program Gifts." Explanation: "Individual is a resident of the France and has no fixed place of business in the USA."

Germany

Germany US Tax Treaty

Lines:

  1. Name
  2. "Germany"
  3. Check off "Individual".
  4. Your address.
  5. Mailing address if different from Line 4.
  6. Blank
  7. Blank
  8. Blank
  9. Check 9a and write in "Germany". Check any other boxes that apply to you (if appropriate).
  10. Put in 21 for the Article, and 0 for the percent. For type of income write "Reward Program Gifts" and for the explanation field put: "Resident of Germany receiving income in compliance with terms of US treaty agreement."

United Kingdom

UK US Tax Treaty

Information for this taken from http://taxes.about.com/od/taxplanning/qt/form_W8BEN.htm.

Line Numbers:

  1. Your name.
  2. "United Kingdom"
  3. Check off "Individual"
  4. Your address.
  5. Mailing address if different from Line 4.
  6. Blank
  7. Blank
  8. Blank
  9. Check 9a and write in "United Kingdom". Check any other boxes that apply to you (if appropriate).
  10. Write in 22 for the article, and 0 for the percent. For type of income write in "Reward Program Gifts." In space for an explanation, write in "Individual is a resident of the UK and has no fixed place of business in the USA."

Submitting the form

There are multiple ways to submit the form, please choose the one that's the most convenient for you. All methods require the form to be completed and signed.

Make sure you include your CurseForge username on the form somewhere, in the e-mail, or in the mail.

E-mail

Email Address: [email protected]
Subject Line: "Attention: Curse Author Rewards Program"

Fax

Fax Number: (415) 856-0062
Attention: "Curse Author Rewards Program"

Snail Mail

Curse, Inc.
Attention: Curse Author Rewards Program
60 Broadway
San Francisco CA 94111
USA