Sole trader filling out a W-8BEN-E and SS-4 form HELP



I’m trying to find some help.

A new client in the US has asked me to fill out a W-8BEN-E form on doing some research for this I have fugured out I also need to fill out an SS-4 form to receive an EIN number.

I would really appreciate it if someone could walk me through this process.
I want to make sure I get it right first time, I dont want any issues further down the line.

I have a feeling I’ve been given the wrong form.
As a sole trader I’m an individual and should probably be filling out a W-8BEN form.

Also is there anything else I need to know about exporting to the US?

Any help, pointers links etc would be fantastic.




Hello Jason,

It would be wrong of me to give US Tax advice and probably best that you consider discussing these needs with a US Tax advisor. We work with a couple and I would be happy to pass on their information to you if you would like to go down this avenue.

in terms of exporting to the USA, we can help not only by providing transport service but also assist in US clearance and compliance help and logistics support. I would be happy to discuss further. We are A British company with our own offices and staff in the USA. We have successfully assisted many British exporters deliver product to the USA market.

Let me know if you would like to discuss further.



Hi Jason

As Andy states it would be wrong of me to give advice but I can signpost you to information provided by my colleagues in the USA, on this website:

Using the search facility on the website provides quite a lot of information regarding your enquiry but if you are looking for advice specific to your needs, then
Andy’s advice that you use a tax advisor is a good one. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are completing the correct documentation to support your exporting activity.

Please let me know if I can provide more information to you in relation to exporting.


Hi Jason – we have covered this topic for a number of clients and I think you will find this article useful

Export Action Plan