Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Any amounts withheld under the backup withholding
rules may be allowed as a refund or a credit against a non-U.S. holders U.S. federal income tax liability provided the required information is timely furnished to the IRS.
Legislation Affecting Taxation of Common Stock Held by or through Foreign Entities
Legislation enacted in 2010, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) generally imposes a withholding tax of 30% on
dividends paid on our common stock and on the gross proceeds of a sale or other disposition of our common stock, if the payments are made to certain foreign entities, unless certain diligence, reporting, withholding and certification obligations and
requirements are met. Recently finalized U.S. Treasury regulations delay the implementation of withholding under FATCA with respect to dividends until after June 30, 2014, and with respect to payments of gross proceeds of a sale or
other disposition until after December 31, 2016.
The withholding under FATCA described above generally applies to payments of
dividends or gross proceeds made to (i) a foreign financial institution (as a beneficial owner or an intermediary), unless such institution enters into an agreement with the U.S. government to collect and provide to the U.S. tax
authorities substantial information regarding U.S. account holders of such institution (which would include certain equity and debt holders of such institution, as well as certain account holders that are foreign entities with U.S. owners) and
(ii) a foreign entity acting as a beneficial owner or an intermediary that is not a foreign financial institution, unless such entity makes a certification identifying its substantial U.S. owners (as defined for this purpose) or
makes a certification that such foreign entity does not have any substantial U.S. owners. Foreign financial institutions located in jurisdictions that have an intergovernmental agreement with the United States governing FATCA may be subject to
different rules. Under certain circumstances, a non-U.S. holder of our common stock might be eligible for refunds or credits of such withholding taxes, and a non-U.S. holder might be required to file a U.S. federal income tax return to
claim such refunds or credits.
Non-U.S. holders should consult their own tax advisors regarding the implications of this legislation on
their investment in our common stock.
U.S. Federal Estate Tax
Shares of our common stock that are owned (or deemed to be owned) at the time of death by a non-U.S. holder who is an individual will be
includable in such non-U.S. holders gross estate for U.S. federal estate tax purposes, unless an applicable estate tax treaty provides otherwise, and therefore may be subject to U.S. federal estate tax.
THE SUMMARY OF CERTAIN U.S. FEDERAL INCOME AND ESTATE TAX CONSIDERATIONS ABOVE IS INCLUDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. POTENTIAL
PURCHASERS OF OUR COMMON STOCK ARE URGED TO CONSULT THEIR OWN TAX ADVISORS TO DETERMINE THE U.S. FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND NON-U.S. INCOME, ESTATE AND OTHER TAX AND TAX TREATY CONSIDERATIONS OF PURCHASING, OWNING AND DISPOSING OF OUR COMMON STOCK.