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Instructions for Form 8966

Paperwork Reduction Act Notice.

We ask for the information on this form to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United States. Chapter 4 of the Code requires certain withholding agents and foreign financial institutions to report information with respect to certain U.S. accounts, substantial U.S. owners of passive NFFEs, U.S. accounts held by owner-documented FFIs, and certain other accounts as applicable based on the filer’s chapter 4 status. Form 8966 is used to comply with this reporting requirement.
You are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a form or its instructions must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by section 6103.
The time needed to complete and file this form will vary depending on individual circumstances. The estimated average time is 25 minutes.
If you have comments concerning the accuracy of this time estimate or suggestions for making this form simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. You can send us comments from Click on More Information and then on Give us feedback. Or you can write to Internal Revenue Service, Tax Forms and Publications, SE:W:CAR:MP:TFP, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6526, Washington, DC 20224. Do not send the form to this address. Instead, see When, How, and Where to File, earlier.