Form 8508-I (Rev. 11-2015)
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice. We ask for the
information on this form to carry out the Internal Revenue
laws of the United States. You are not required to
provide the information requested on a form that is
subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form
displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records
relating to a form must be retained as long as their
contents may become material in the administration of
any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax returns and
return information are confidential, as required by Code
The time needed to provide this information would vary
depending on individual circumstances. The estimated
average time is:
Learning about the law and the form . . 12 min.
Recordkeeping . . . . . . . . 3 hrs., 49 min.
Preparing the form . . . . . . . . . 16 min.
If you have comments concerning the accuracy of
these time estimates or suggestions for making this form
simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. You can
write to the Internal Revenue Service, Tax Forms and
Publications Division, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW,
IR-6526, Washington, DC 20224.
Do not send the forms to this office. Instead, see the
instructions, later, on how to file.
When completing this form, type or print clearly in
Purpose of form. Use this form to request a waiver from
filing Form 8966 electronically for the current tax year.
After evaluating your request, the IRS will notify you as to
whether your request is approved or denied.
Who should file. Filers who are requesting a waiver from
filing Form 8966 electronically should file this form. See
Treasury regulations section 301.1474-1(a). Submit a
separate form for each filer that is requesting a waiver
from electronic filing. For purposes of this request, if you
are a Sponsoring Entity filing on behalf of your Sponsored
Entities, you are the filer and should submit one request
for all of your Sponsored Entities listed on line 7. If you
are requesting a waiver from electronic filing of Form
8966 both on behalf of yourself and with respect to
reporting on behalf of a Sponsored Entity, you must
submit separate requests.
Note: Entities that are located in a Model 1 jurisdiction
and reporting on behalf of themselves (or any entities that
are reporting on behalf of another entity that is located in
a Model 1 jurisdiction) may not request a waiver from
electronic filing of Form 8966 from the IRS because they
must report directly to the Model 1 jurisdiction's tax
When to file. You should file Form 8508-I at least 45 days
before the due date of the Form 8966. Form 8966 is due
March 31 of the year following the reporting year, unless
you are an FFI reporting under a Model 2 IGA with a
different reporting date specified in the applicable Model
2 IGA. Waiver requests will be processed beginning
January 1st of the calendar year the return is due.
How to file
Mail to: Internal Revenue Service
FATCA, Stop 6052 AUSC
3651 South IH 35
Austin, Texas 78741
For further information concerning the filing of Form 8966
to the IRS electronically refer to the current Publication
5124, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) XML
User Guide; Publication 5188, FATCA Metadata XML
Schema User Guide; and Publication 5190, International
Data Exchange Services User Guide, on how to populate
the fields for the electronic Form 8966. The following
address contains information regarding FATCA XML
Schemas and Business Rules for Form 8966
Additional information concerning Form 8508-I can be
found on IRS.GOV at the following address www.irs.gov/
Penalty. If you are required to file electronically but fail to
do so and you do not have an approved waiver on record,
penalties under Code sections 6721 through 6724 may
Tip: For definitions of terms used in these instructions,
see the Instructions for Form 8966.
Line 1. Indicate the type of submission by checking the
appropriate box. An original submission is your first
request for a waiver for the current year. A
reconsideration indicates that you are submitting
additional information to the IRS that you feel may reverse
a denial of an original request.
Lines 2 through 4c. Enter the filer's name and complete
mailing address, including the country and postal code.
Use the name and address where you want
correspondence sent. If the filer's post office does not
deliver mail to a street address and the filer has a post
office box, enter the filer's post office box number instead
of the filer's street address. A Direct Reporting NFFE, a
Sponsoring Entity filing on behalf of a Sponsored FFI or a
Sponsored Direct Reporting NFFE, or a trustee filing on
behalf of a Trustee-Documented Trust must identify itself
as the filer and provide its identifying information on lines
2 through 4c. Sponsored FFIs, Sponsored Direct
Reporting NFFEs, and Trustee-Documented Trusts are
identified on line 7.
Line 5. If the filer has been assigned a GIIN by the IRS,
enter it on line 5. A Sponsoring Entity or trustee filing on
behalf of a Sponsored FFI, Sponsored Direct Reporting
NFFE, or Trustee-Documented Trust, as applicable,
should enter the GIIN it received when it registered as a
Sponsoring Entity or trustee, not a separate GIIN (if any) it
received when it registered as a PFFI or RDC FFI. A
Sponsoring Entity or trustee requesting a waiver from
filing Form 8966 electronically on its own behalf should