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I am a foreign national, I have a company in my home country.

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I am a foreign national, I have a company in my home country. I opened a branch in the US - I am a sole proprietor of the LLC. I do not live in the US. I have a client in Florida who wants to pay me and is asking for a w9. I do not know how to fill it out.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Tax
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
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Expert:  USTaxAdvising replied 5 months ago.
Hello,If you are a foreign person with a US LLC then the US LLC will be what is known as a disregarded entity for US federal income tax purposes. Instead of completing and providing Form W-9 you would need to complete and provide Form W-8BEN. Here are the instructions - Form is fairly straightforward but let me know if you have any questions on it and I will get back to you as soon as I can.Best regards,
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Does that imply that my client will suffer higher taxes??? Will they lose money???
Expert:  USTaxAdvising replied 5 months ago.
No your client would not lose any money and would still pay the amount you invoice. Since you are not engaged in a trade or business in the US there should be no withholding taxes applied on the payment made from your customer to yourself.
Expert:  USTaxAdvising replied 5 months ago.
Your client would not suffer higher taxes as a result of paying you.