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Tax certification

We're required to collect a W-8BEN from our customers. Customers certify their tax status directly in the app when signing up for a Robinhood account.

Why do I need to certify my tax status?

We’re legally required to ensure that all Robinhood customers certify their tax status.

What is a W-8BEN?

A W-8BEN is a tax form certifying that an individual is a non-US person and a beneficial owner for US tax purposes. If you are a non-US person, we’re required to withhold taxes of up to 30% from dividends and interest you receive. The W-8BEN asks you to certify the country to which you pay taxes, your residential address in that country, your international tax ID number, and whether or not you want to claim US tax treaty benefits to potentially reduce the amount of taxes that we’re required to withhold from dividends and interest that you receive.

What treaty rate applies to a non-US person?

We’re generally required to withhold 30% from dividends and interest paid to you if you’re a non-US person. This withholding tax will automatically be deducted from the dividend and interest payments you receive.

You may, however, be eligible for a reduced rate of US withholding tax if your country of permanent residence has an income tax treaty with the US. If you certify in the app that you’re a tax resident of a country that has an applicable income tax treaty with the US, we’ll subject your payments of dividends and interest to the reduced rate of withholding tax provided in that treaty. If you don’t see your country listed, then the US doesn’t have an income tax treaty with your country and you’ll be subject to the general 30% withholding rate.

Disclosures

Robinhood doesn’t provide tax advice. For specific questions, seek advice.

Robinhood U.K. Ltd (Robinhood UK) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 823590). Robinhood UK onboards UK customers and has the lead customer relationship with UK customers in relation to their use of the Robinhood UK app and website. Robinhood UK introduces UK customers to Robinhood Securities, LLC for order routing, execution, clearing, settlement, arranging custody services and margin lending to eligible UK customers with margin accounts. Robinhood Securities, LLC is regulated in the US by the SEC and FINRA. Robinhood UK and Robinhood Securities, LLC are subsidiaries of Robinhood Markets, Inc.

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Robinhood U.K. Ltd (Robinhood UK) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 823590). Robinhood UK onboards UK customers and has the lead customer relationship with UK customers in relation to their use of the Robinhood UK app and website. Robinhood UK introduces UK customers to Robinhood Securities, LLC for order routing, execution, clearing, settlement, arranging custody services and margin lending to eligible UK customers with margin accounts. Robinhood Securities, LLC is regulated in the U.S. by the SEC and FINRA. Robinhood UK and Robinhood Securities, LLC are subsidiaries of Robinhood Markets, Inc.

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All investing involves risk and a loss of principal is possible.

Robinhood U.K. Ltd (Robinhood UK) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 823590). Robinhood UK onboards UK customers and has the lead customer relationship with UK customers in relation to their use of the Robinhood UK app and website. Robinhood UK introduces UK customers to Robinhood Securities, LLC for order routing, execution, clearing, settlement, arranging custody services and margin lending to eligible UK customers with margin accounts. Robinhood Securities, LLC is regulated in the U.S. by the SEC and FINRA. Robinhood UK and Robinhood Securities, LLC are subsidiaries of Robinhood Markets, Inc.

Robinhood U.K. Ltd is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (09908051).

Robinhood does not provide investment advice. Individual investors should make their own decisions.

Commission-free trading of stocks refers to $0 commissions for Robinhood self-directed individual brokerage accounts that trade U.S. listed securities and ADRs. Keep in mind, other costs such as regulatory fees may apply to your brokerage account. Please see Robinhood UK’s Fee Schedule to learn more.

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