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<<<When the dividend is paid, unless the company has proper identification for you, they are obligated to withhold 31% tax from your proceeds.>>>

I believe that proper identification includes Form W-8BEN, documentary evidence (like a passport)and a signed affidavit.

<<<You should know that the income for a nonresident alien individual is taxed at a flat rate of 30% (or a lower treaty rate, if we have one with Ireland - I didn't look it up, ask a Chartered Accountant).>>>

I think the treaty rate for Ireland is 15%.

Good Luck.
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