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Roberto Grohrock

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English publishing by italian writer
Posted: Jan 3, 2018 7:20 AM
 
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Hi,
I wish you a happy 2018!
This is my question: I published two book on amazon.com, though, being written in italian, there is almost no risk any american buyer could be interested into. BUT: I amgoing to publish a english-spanish dictionary (and - maybe - an english-italian one), which COULD interest native english speaking people here and there and in America too! Do I have to do something special with taxes about this or not?

Thanks for helping me! :)
Finch Field Drake

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Re: English publishing by italian writer
Posted: Jan 3, 2018 7:50 AM   in response to: Roberto Grohrock in response to: Roberto Grohrock
 
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When you published on amazon (I think you mean Create Space or Kindle) you already had to give tax information. There should be nothing more to do just because the book is in a different language.

As to dictionaries, do you have any idea how many excellent dictionaries are available cheaply? Dictionaries typically have several hundred pages and the cost to print using Create Space would be huge, much more than the price of any dictionary you can buy.
Notjohn

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Re: English publishing by italian writer
Posted: Jan 3, 2018 9:05 AM   in response to: Roberto Grohrock in response to: Roberto Grohrock
 
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When you set up an account on the KDP or on CreateSpace, you are asked for your home-country tax ID number. The software then figures the amount of withholding tax, if any. That will depend on tax treaties between the US and Italy, assuming you live in Italy. Probably the withholding is zero, though I don't know that for certain. If you live in the UK, there is no withholding. If you live in the US, then you must report your earnings if they are enough to require you to do so, or if you net $400 or more (in which case you have to pay retirement taxes).

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Roberto Grohrock

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Re: English publishing by italian writer
Posted: Jan 3, 2018 10:01 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Thank you,
I live in Italy and work as a civil servant. That's all.

:)
Roberto Grohrock

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Re: English publishing by italian writer
Posted: Jan 3, 2018 10:05 AM   in response to: Finch Field Drake in response to: Finch Field Drake
 
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Hi,
the dictionary I am working on will be a "tourist-dictionary", composed of about 4-5K words/items that can improve a language whose basic foundations are already learnt. I thank you a lot for your comment!
Cynthia E. Gould

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Re: English publishing by italian writer
Posted: Jan 3, 2018 11:18 AM   in response to: Roberto Grohrock in response to: Roberto Grohrock
 
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There are a ton of travel dictionaries already. Hope that yours will be radically different.
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: English publishing by italian writer
Posted: Jan 3, 2018 12:09 PM   in response to: Roberto Grohrock in response to: Roberto Grohrock
 
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Roberto Grohrock wrote:
Hi,
the dictionary I am working on will be a "tourist-dictionary", composed of about 4-5K words/items that can improve a language whose basic foundations are already learnt. I thank you a lot for your comment!

That's not a dictionary, that's a phrasebook. Put in some travel guide, regional cuisine and so forth, and you might have something worth selling. But the previous posters are correct -- you are competing with Orange and Fodors.
Maheshwaran

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Re: English publishing by italian writer
Posted: Jan 4, 2018 1:46 AM   in response to: Roberto Grohrock in response to: Roberto Grohrock
 
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The tax information is per marketplace.
So, if there is a sales outside Italy, then you will asked to provide a tax details that you are not supposed to be taxed by that country. If you did not, they deduct and send the royalties.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: English publishing by italian writer
Posted: Jan 4, 2018 4:55 AM   in response to: Maheshwaran in response to: Maheshwaran
 
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Maheshwaran wrote:
The tax information is per marketplace.
So, if there is a sales outside Italy, then you will asked to provide a tax details that you are not supposed to be taxed by that country. If you did not, they deduct and send the royalties.

Er, this is not correct. The tax situation between a writer and Amazon has to do with the writer's country and the U.S. (where Amazon has their "paying" office, if you wish to think of it this way). The critical issue here is what kind of tax treaty the author's country (Italy?) has with the U.S. Any other tax considerations, such as VAT or sales tax, is handled by Amazon, regardless of where the copy of the author's work is sold. So if an author in Italy sells to a customer in the U.K., it's still the U.S.-Italy tax treaty that's the issue, because the money comes from Amazon U.S.

There is one exception, I think: If you publish through the Amazon Japan site. There, you deal with that interface.

Someone correct me here if I've goofed.
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