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I am Japanese girl. I was a student in US and have deposited some money in bank account. I am back to Japan now. I am filing the W-8BEN. Do I need to submit the following to get my full money back ?

  1. ITIN
  2. Foreign tax identifying number

I don't have any of thesis, what do I do?

EDIT: Actually since I came back to Japan, my account was closed after sometime and now the money is under the custody of US govt and not the bank.

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    What did you use to open the bank account when you were in the United States? – mhoran_psprep Nov 7 '14 at 11:07
  • Actually since I came back to Japan, my account was closed after sometime and now the money is under the custody of US govt and not the bank. – user2698178 Nov 8 '14 at 10:16
  • Probably not US govt. More likely State govt. – littleadv Dec 10 '14 at 23:30
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If you can provide evidence that you are the person who opened the account (which may be as simple as providing your signature, since this isn't really different from asking for a bank check or inter-bank transfer or ATM-network transfer), there should be no problem.

Contact your bank and ask them what information they need to provide.

  • Actually since I came back to Japan, my account was closed after sometime and now the money is under the custody of US govt and not the bank. – user2698178 Nov 8 '14 at 10:20
  • That's actually handled by the state in most cases. Since it is state by state, you need to contact the state agencies which handle this. There are websites for most of them; searching for "abandoned funds" will find them. If you don't find it, most states have .gov websites where you can look for assistance. – keshlam Nov 8 '14 at 14:12
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The line you are referring to says

5 U.S. taxpayer identification number (SSN or ITIN), if required (see instructions)

It does not appear to be required in your case.

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