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I'm sorry the previous expert was unable to answer your question.I am assuming you are an individual investor, and do not set up a structure recognized as a separate entity in the US (partnership, trust, corporation).If the property is income-producing, you can file a form W-7, requesting an ITIN, and use checkmarks (a), (h), and, on the line (h), specifying the treaty provision, which I am unable to locate at the moment. The treaty does provide for a waiver of the otherwise-required withholding of 30% of rent and 10% of gross sales. It may be adequate to provide the meaning of the provision rather than quoting the specific treaty provision.Once you have your ITIN, you can provide a W-8BEN or W-8ECI to your renters. (The W-8ECI instructions state that rent is not normally ECI (effectively connected income), but the W-8BEN instructions say that it is.) (Added:) I found some further IRS clarification on the issue. If you are a passive investor, and the renter pays all taxes, mortgage, and repairs, then it is a passive investment subject to W-8BEN rules. IF you are actively managing the property, or if you elect to declare it, on form W-8ECI, then it is ECI. In any case, expenses can only be deducted on form 1040NR (with 1040 Schedule E).If the property is not income-producing, you can not use provision (a) of form W-7, so you must wait until a pending sale in order to file form W-7 before a required tax return.Alternatively, if you are willing to be overwithheld for the first year or two of operation, you can file form W-7 (checking (b)) with your first 1040NR.Note that, if you are a Canadian resident, and so taxable in Canada on your world-wide income, you can file for the foreign tax credit on your Canadian return, based on the amount of tax paid to the US.
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