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This page provides information for payments to a non-immigrant visitor for services provided to Hampshire College as an independent contractor. Examples of these types of services are: presenting a paper, serving as a panel member at a symposium, or giving a lecture. Non-immigrant visitors are defined as individuals who are in the United States for a short period of time, hold foreign tax residency, and are not employees of Hampshire College.
The United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) restrict the College's ability to make payments to non-immigrant visitors. To ensure that your foreign visitor can be paid legally and promptly, your cooperation is essential.
As early as possible once it has been decided to invite the potential visitor, collect IRS form W-8BEN from them and forward this information to the appropriate person listed below. They will determine if the College is allowed to make payment.
Program or Purpose of Visit
Once the person has been approved, ask the purchasing office to create a vendor record by emailing the W-8BEN, name, and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also at this time, please forward the individual's name and email address to Controller Mike Ford (mfBO@hampshire.edu) so a record can be entered into the Windstar program to determine whether tax withholding is necessary.
Please direct questions about this process to Mike Ford at extension 5408.