Taxes when publishing a paid app to the App Store (resident in Portugal) : eupersonalfinance


Hello! I was wondering if I could get some help regarding taxes and the famous W-8BEN, maybe some of you have dealt with this problem and/or could possibly help me.

In the process of submitting an app to the App Store, I have to sign a US Tax form, for which there is a section on “Claim of Tax Treaty Benefits”. I know Portugal has a treaty with the US to avoid double taxation, but that is about all I know. This is the part where I am having problems: https://imgur.com/a/aAAjq79.

After confirming I am a resident in Portugal, thus a non-US resident I have an option to identify specific paragraphs of the treaty and a specific rate of withholding tax rate, but I am not sure what is the case here. Shouldn’t it be enough to say that I am a resident in Portugal? Does any know how this would affect any income from app sales and wether or not I should invoke a specific article/paragraph and rate? Also, I believe these app sales would fall under the article 13 (“Royalties”), would this be a good assumption?

“The beneficial owner is claiming the provisions of Article and paragraph (optional) of the treaty identified […] above to claim a (optional) % rate of withholding on income from the sale of apps.”

Thanks in advance!



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