I'm a UK writer and am (hopefully) due my first cheque payment from US sales soon. I see in other threads people talking about a 30% tax deduction on such sales. Is this deduction made on the US or the UK side of things?
I'm not very good with understanding even basic tax stuff so I feel a little out of my depth here. If it is a US tax deduction, is there a way of claiming it back since I am not a US resident? Any help would be gratefully received.
Many thanks. How you've explained it on your blog looks straightforward enough. I notice on the IRS website it states that I should submit a W-7 form along with a valid income tax return.
Please excuse my complete ignorance but as a student I've never had to complete a tax return. I do have a P60 from last tax year however. Would this be acceptable? I've tried ringing up HMRC but apparently there's industrial action happening today so calls aren't being accepted!
I followed your advice and spoke to a very pleasant lady in the US who gave me my EIN number very quicky 98-XXXXXXXXX.
Am I possibly over-thinking the W-8BEN application I need to fill it in regarding the example which has a check against 9c [i]"The beneficial owner is not an individual..."[/i] when I am, but to all intents and purposes I'm a sole trader?
(Mind you, this could be all academic if nobody buys my book!)