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As a non-resident alien, have been checking out the necessary forms, etc. to open an account with a broker. I realize I need to fill a W-8BEN. I checked and my country of residence (U.A.E.) doesn't have a tax treaty with the U.S., so do I need to fill a 1001 (exemption) also? Opinions seem divided on this. The Motley Fool UK site says 'yes', whereas the brokers say 'no'?! I have tried to check out the US tax guide for Aliens, Pub. 519 on the government site, but it is currently unavailable online. Does anyone know of another link that might have the necessary information?

Also, have checked out FAQ and old messages on the board, which were helpful. I made some enquiries with a couple of brokers, one of whom talked about foreign withholding tax. As I understood it this is only on dividends and interest on uninvested cash balances, but not on capital gains? Have I understood correctly?

Grateful for your feedback and any pointers to useful sources of info.
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