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#458888 - 11/18/05 05:32 PM non resident alien
abanker Offline
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We do not do business with non resident aliens because of IRS reporting requirements. My question is if the non resident alien is just a signer on an account he is not actually considered a customer right? Customer Identification Procedures, and IRS reporting do not come into play because he is just a signer correct?

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#458889 - 11/18/05 06:07 PM Re: non resident alien
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IRS reporting is on the primary.
CIP depends on what your own policy says.
i.e. How have you defined 'customer'?

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#458890 - 11/18/05 06:10 PM Re: non resident alien
Elwood P. Dowd Offline
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The CIP regulation does not consider a mere signatory to be a customer for the purposes of the regulation. Examples would be an authorized signer on a corporation's account or a clearly labeled convenience signer on an individual's account.

However, most banks adopted a CIP that requires them to ID mere signatories. Review your board adopted CIP. If it requires you to run mere signatories through your CIP process then that's "the law" within your bank; any outside evaluator will cite you for violating your own policy just as readily as they will cite you for violating the regulation.
In this world you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.

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#458891 - 11/18/05 06:19 PM Re: non resident alien
WildTurkey Offline
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Down South, USA

..... However, most banks adopted a CIP that requires them to ID mere signatories. ....

If you do not have a "CIP for signatories" policy you might want to consider one. Think about an extreme case - John Smith has an account and puts Osama Bin Laden on the account as a signatory, .... I assume that you would have a problem with that!
This is my opinion; it is not legal advice, nor the view of my employer, and it may change tomorrow.

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