How To Fill Up W-8BEN Form For US Manulife REIT

Previously, I was hesitant to add US Manulife REIT into my stock portfolio given its average dividend yield. Taking opportunity of the stock market crash in March, I have added US Manulife REIT to my stock portfolio as the stock price has fallen to attractive levels.

US Manulife REIT is a pure-play United States (“U.S.”) office REIT. Since the REIT derives its income in the U.S., the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) requires certain documentation from the ultimate beneficial owner to ensure the appropriate level of withholding tax is deducted. The beneficial owner in this case refers to us, the unit holders of Manulife US REIT. Unit holders of Manulife REIT are subject to a maximum withholding tax rate of 30% on income they derive from U.S. investments. To be exempted from the certain withholding tax, we must submit certain documentation which is the W-8BEN Form.

For those who are not familiar with the W-8BEN form, it seem daunting to fill up the form. I must applaud US Manulife REIT for coming up with a comprehensive guide and sample on how to fill up the W-8BEN form and I am sharing the sample with you below.

Screening For Dividend Stocks In July 2019

How do you find stocks to buy on the stock market? One of the way is to use a stock screener. There are several websites that offer such a tool to screen for stocks using conditions that you can set such as dividend yield, P/E ratio, P/B ratio and Market Capitalization etc. Some website that offers such a tool are Singapore Exchange, FSMOne and StocksCafe.

For myself, I prefer to run my dividend stocks screening using StocksCafe as it allows me to save the conditions that I can pre-set. You can check out my review here on the StocksCafe Dividend Stocks Screener (Read more: Screening For Dividend Stocks Using Stocks Cafe Stock Screener).

Here are the results generated on 2nd July 2019 ordered from the highest current dividend yield to the lowest. Read More

My Personal Analysis of US Manulife REIT

In my last screening for dividend stocks, US Manulife REIT appeared top in the results with 8.736% dividend yield. This has got me interested to drill deeper and understand this REIT further. On a high level note, Manulife US REIT is a Singapore REIT established with the investment strategy principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing office real estate in key markets in the United States, as well as real estate-related assets.

Manulife US REIT was listed on SGX on 20 May 2016 and is the first pure play US office REIT to be listed in Asia. The IPO price of Manulife US REIT was 0.83 US cents. Read More