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john-and-urmila

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Posted: Jan 15, 2010 5:52 AM
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For those of you who have been asking for this for a long time, Amazon just announced today that authors and publishers around the world can now use the self-service Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) to upload and sell books in English, German and French to customers worldwide in the Kindle Store.

Congratulations and happy publishing!

John
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cub06h

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Posted: Jan 15, 2010 2:01 PM   in response to: john-and-urmila in response to: john-and-urmila
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Do they follow the same route as US-based publishers?

I hope that an, um, extraterritorial publisher gives this a test run, and reports back on his or his success or lack of it.
leniamajor

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Posted: Jan 16, 2010 6:27 AM   in response to: john-and-urmila in response to: john-and-urmila
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I'm not a US resident (I live in France) and I have just tried to publish ... without success.
SSN, TIN or EIN are still requested.

Probably Amazon marketing departments were quicker in announcing the availability of DTP for non-US residents than technical departments in implementing this feature ;-)

Wait & see

Lenia
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kdpadmin

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Posted: Jan 16, 2010 10:56 AM   in response to: leniamajor in response to: leniamajor
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Dear Publisher,

I am sorry to hear that you were not able to set up your DTP account. On the "My Account" tab, within "Company/Publisher Information" click on "Add or Edit Address" with your non-US address. It should allow you to select your country.
If you fill in your non-US address, "Payment Information" should offer you pay by check.

When you set up your DTP account with non-US address you will not be asked to provide SSN, TIN or EIN. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at dtp-support@amazon.com.

Thank You!
leniamajor

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Posted: Jan 16, 2010 11:39 AM   in response to: john-and-urmila in response to: john-and-urmila
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Oups, my mistake.

you are right : by setting-up a non-US address, SSN, TIN or EIN are not needed anymore.

Now I'm waiting for the possibility to set-up a non-US bank account number (or a Paypal account) and everything will be perfect. :-)

Thanks anyway for your feedback

Lenia
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fsarrias

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Posted: Jan 18, 2010 12:25 AM   in response to: leniamajor in response to: leniamajor
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Hi

I've learnt from Create Space's forums that Amazon is currently retaining a 30% of any fees paid to non-US residents for taxes compliance.

Dear dtpadmin, could you please confirm that?

Thanks in advance
cub06h

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Posted: Jan 18, 2010 2:30 PM   in response to: fsarrias in response to: fsarrias
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If you don't have a US tax identification number, very likely there will be withholding.

You will then (probably in 2011) have to request a TIN and file a tax return in order to get your withheld taxes returned. I suspect however that the Internal Revenue Service is more techno savvy than Amazon, and will credit your bank account--assuming your bank can handle a USD deposit.

Good luck on this, and don't quit your day job just yet.
ftremblaygsp

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Posted: Jan 25, 2010 8:21 PM   in response to: john-and-urmila in response to: john-and-urmila
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Question for dtpadmin:

I represent a Canadian publisher so I'm very glad Amazon made this program international. Our company does have a US bank account and a US tax id (EIN). As soon as I add our Canadian address, the box where I can enter our EIN disappears. Is it possible to add our EIN on file to avoid the tax withholding?

Thanks.

Regards,
Frederic Tremblay
cub06h

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Posted: Jan 26, 2010 5:58 AM   in response to: ftremblaygsp in response to: ftremblaygsp
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The law of unintended consequences! (Back to the drawing board, DTP Guy!)

Meanwhile, I don't suppose you have an aunt who lives in the US?
ftremblaygsp

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Posted: Jan 26, 2010 9:07 AM   in response to: cub06h in response to: cub06h
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@cub06h

I do have contacts who live in the US. The problem I see with that is that to avoid withholding, I'm claiming tax treaty exemption by certifying that we don't have operations in the US. With a US address, the IRS might see this as US operations. Just making the EIN box optional instead of removing it completely for foreign addresses would be perfect.
cub06h

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Posted: Jan 26, 2010 2:02 PM   in response to: ftremblaygsp in response to: ftremblaygsp
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American publishers normally aren't subject to withholding. Only if we've been naughty in the past, as I understand it. With a US bank account and an ITIN, I don't see why you wouldn't qualify as an American publisher, if you could produce a US address. It's not limited to citizens.
kdpadmin

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Posted: Jan 29, 2010 3:14 PM   in response to: ftremblaygsp in response to: ftremblaygsp
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Dear Publisher,

I request you to send an e-mail to dtp-support@amazon.com regarding this issue.

Thank you.
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