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Elizabeth Smith

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form 1042-s
Posted: Mar 23, 2014 3:53 PM
 
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Hi

I joined kdp middle of last year, and recently received my 1042-s form . I am a non US self publisher and wondered if I need to do anything with this information? Amazon withholds 30% taxes already. I'm assuming they send this on, on my behalf?
cdalebrittain

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Re: form 1042-s
Posted: Mar 23, 2014 4:00 PM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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Where are you located? If you're in the UK, you don't actually have to pay any US taxes if you've filed the proper paperwork. If you're in Australia, you are required to pay 5% in taxes, not 30%, again if you've filed the proper paperwork.

There are many thread in the Account forum (the first one) on getting an EIN (the number you need), filing the W8-BEN form to stop tax withholding, and finally filing the 1040-NR form to get back taxes that were withheld. Good luck!
Elizabeth Smith

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Re: form 1042-s
Posted: Mar 23, 2014 4:29 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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Hi

Yes I'm based in the UK. To be honest I'm finding the us taxes thing a bit confusing.

I haven't sold many copies of my book, so haven't been worried about amazon withholding tax on such a small amount. I will look into the EIN registration that you've mentioned.

I've re-read the kdp ts & cs so presume because I've completed the tax interview, I don't have to complete any thing else for the Irs?
Notjohn

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Re: form 1042-s
Posted: Mar 25, 2014 3:53 AM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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Elizabeth, unless you've earned a huge amount, you can get it refunded by filing form 1040-NR.

Then get started on filing the forms to stop withholding.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Elizabeth Smith

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Re: form 1042-s
Posted: Mar 30, 2014 1:49 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Hi

Thank you for your help with this. I did see that it's possible to apply for an EIN online, do you know if this is easier to do or is it better to call and do it? It's quite a daunting thing!
Notjohn

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Re: form 1042-s
Posted: Mar 30, 2014 4:24 PM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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For an EIN, call 001 267 941 1099 -- a dedicated department in Philadelphia for foreign entities getting an EIN. Unlike the UK office or the IRS head office they'll actually know what you're talking about when you ring. (Five-hour time difference, so call in your afternoon or early evening.)

Some have reported that the IRS doesn't want to issue EINs any longer for this purpose, but you never know.

Good luck! -- NJ

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