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For your convenience the following most commonly requested forms are available online in either Adobe Acrobat Reader® (PDF format) or Microsoft® Word. You need an Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view or print the PDF versions of these forms, or Microsoft Word to open and display the forms so that data can be entered, printed and saved.

Please Note: Morgan Stanley cannot wire money to third parties when the employee requesting the wire is not part owner of the account.

  • Substitute Form W-8BEN (PDFMS Word
    A Form W-8BEN is a Certificate of Foreign Status required by the IRS for non U.S. participants. By completing a Form W-8BEN you certify under penalties of perjury that you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a resident alien, and are not subject to certain U.S. information return reporting. A Form W-8BEN generally remains in effect for three calendar years. A new form should also be completed each time you change your address. 

    General Instructions for the W-8BEN form: This form may be completed only by or for a nonresident alien individual. If you are a U.S. citizen or an alien resident in the United States for tax purposes, do not use this form. Instead complete a Form W-9. Failure to submit this form will result in IRS - mandated tax withholding. 

  • Form W-8BEN Additional Documentation Certificate Cover Sheet (PDF
    In addition to the W-8BEN Form, certain accounts require additional documentation. Generally, if you have provided a certification of Foreign Status but you have a U.S. Address, you are required to provide additional account documentation. If your account requires additional documentation, please complete the cover sheet and return with the appropriate documentation to the instructions provided on the cover sheet. 

  • W8 Letter of Explanation (PDF
    A W-8BEN Letter of Explanation (LOE) is required when a foreign individual has a mailing address in the U.S. and/or a permanent or legal P.O. Box/in-care-of-address.  To ensure the proper withholding is applied, you must complete and sign this LOE to explain why this address is being used. 

  • Substitute Form W-9 (PDF,MS Word
    A Form W-9 is a Payer's Request for Taxpayer's Identification Number and Certification. Under penalties of perjury this form tells Morgan Stanley that you are not subject to backup withholding because of under-reporting interest and dividends on your tax return, and to certify that the Social Security Number shown on the Form is your correct taxpayer identification number. This form is generally applicable to U.S. persons, including resident aliens. The address to send the completed form appears on the bottom of the form. 

    Please Note: It is imperative that you certify your tax status prior to selling your shares with Morgan Stanley. You may certify be either completing a hard-copy form and faxing to the number provided on the bottom of the form or complete online by accessing your account on our website at www.stockplanconnect.com.

    If this certification is not received, 28% backup withholding will be deducted from the proceeds of your sale.

  • Letter of Authorization to Transfer Funds by Wire (USD) to a U.S. Bank/Financial Institution (PDFMS Word)
    This form authorizes Morgan Stanley to transfer U.S. dollars generated from the exercise and sell of your stock options to another account or financial institution in the form of a wire transfer as specified by you. This is a standing instruction that does not expire. These instructions will remain in place until modified or rescinded by you. The funds will not be wired automatically unless instructed at the time of the trade. This form is not valid for transfer of funds other than U.S. dollars to a U.S. Bank/Financial Institution.

  • Letter of Authorization to Transfer Funds by Wire (USD) to a Non-U.S. Bank/Financial Institution (PDFMS Word)
    This form authorizes Morgan Stanley to transfer U.S. dollars generated from the exercise and sell of your stock options to another account or financial institution in the form of a wire transfer as specified by you. This is a standing instruction that does not expire. These instructions will remain in place until modified or rescinded by you. The funds will not be wired automatically unless instructed at the time of the trade. This form is not valid for transfer of funds other than U.S. dollars to a non U.S. Bank/Financial Institution.

  • Letter of Authorization to Transfer Assets (Securities)

                    - Delivery to US/Canada Banks (PDFMS Word)

                    - Delivery to Non-US/Canada Banks(PDFMS Word)

           This form authorizes Morgan Stanley to transfer assets from your employee stock plan account to another Morgan Stanley account specified by you or to another financial institution.

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