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monkey2009

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UK Authors and payment delaying
Posted: Sep 27, 2012 1:26 PM
 
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I am a UK author, thus I will be getting a checque from Amazon for the .com sales. Now I haven't yet sorted out my ITIN and I wish to delay it. DO I just contact Amazon through support or is there a specific contact for this?
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Re: UK Authors and payment delaying
Posted: Sep 28, 2012 12:27 PM   in response to: monkey2009 in response to: monkey2009
 
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I can't answer your actual question, but I can tell you, from my own experience, that you can get your EIN (US tax number) in a matter of minutes if you call them. The numbner is +1 267 941 1099. They will ask about your name address etc. and issue the number there and then (and send you a letter to confirm it). All you need then is to fill in a form W-8BEN and send it to Amazon, which personally I did the same afternoon I had nmy number by phone..
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Re: UK Authors and payment delaying
Posted: Sep 29, 2012 4:55 AM   in response to: Jens Schwarz-Ni... in response to: Jens Schwarz-Ni...
 
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Thanks, and I have contacted support. What you suggest seems to work for some and not others. When I called 2 separate people informed me I had to get an ITIN and NOT and EIN as that is for companies. It does seem rather dependent on who you ask. A few people I have spoken to seem to back this up, others don't. I have the form I just haven't done anything with them yet. I need the letter from amazon also. Anyone know if I can just print off the email or is there a specific document to send with the ITIN W7 form?

Thanks for the reply though.
19penguin72

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Re: UK Authors and payment delaying
Posted: Sep 29, 2012 11:30 AM   in response to: monkey2009 in response to: monkey2009
 
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The advice you get DOES depend on who you ask. Some people at the USA embassy seem unaware that non-USA residents CAN get an EIN as a self emplyed ebook writer. Just call the number the nice person who answered your first question gave you. It is a part of the IRS that only deals woth foreigners wanting an EIN.

It is a foreign number, but if you use skype it only costs 1.5p a minute. I got my EIN in a call which cost me less that 50p - I have a blog post which explains it here
http://artisansoap.co.uk/blog/2012/05/kindle-ebooks-and-the-irs/

Of course you could choose to do it the hard way and get an ITIN, but at least you can't claim you weren't told the easy way to get it done.

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Re: UK Authors and payment delaying
Posted: Sep 30, 2012 1:19 PM   in response to: 19penguin72 in response to: 19penguin72
 
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Ok thanks. I will look into it, I haven't done much either way so I can ring them again easily enough. I have my cheque on hold until it is done anyway.
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