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Notjohn

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Re: Tax Identification Number for Canadians
Posted: Dec 21, 2017 3:52 PM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
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Duane, you are misleading people. Please stop. You don't know what you're talking about.

If not an organized business, a Canadian (or any other) author-publisher should enter his or her home-country tax ID. It is a stupid waste of resources to apply for an Employer Identification Number. That's why the IRS changed the routine three or so years ago. Get up to date.

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Re: Tax Identification Number for Canadians
Posted: Dec 21, 2017 4:44 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Yup, I will have to let them know there are two ways, the Canadian SIN way and the other way that takes a minute longer by a phone call and doesn't involve repeatedly putting your Canadian SIN number out there. I did have it confirmed by two outside sources and now can easily admit you were right and I was wrong about not being able to use the Canadian SIN.

Edited: Notjohn, I've been visiting this forum for several years now and until only this week chose to post my experiences, and I have to say that I do find it interesting in a strange sort of way that you would consider the one minute (ok, maybe five minutes) it takes to obtain an EIN a "stupid waste of resources" when you seem to spend much of your time commenting, correctly or incorrectly, on every post, sometimes even after the questions have been answered, in an obvious attempt to market your book regarding what I consider the simplest aspect of ebook publishing.

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Notjohn

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Re: Tax Identification Number for Canadians
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 2:16 AM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
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the one minute (ok, maybe five minutes) it takes to obtain an EIN a "stupid waste of resources"

The stupid waste is of the IRS resources, which I as an American taxpayer have to subsidize. In 2008, when there were maybe ten out-of-country KDP publishers, handling the EIN calls was no problem. By 2010, when the UK store opened up, it was probably becoming an annoyance, with hundreds of people calling. Then came 2012, Kindle Select, and the deluge. MILLIONS of self-pubbers, thousands of people calling in. So they changed their system, or rather made Amazon change its software, and EINs are no longer issued for the purpose of self-pubbing.

If someone calls in to that number (which I've forgotten -- I used to have it on auto-key), sure they'll issue the EIN, even if they're not supposed to. It's easier than arguing.

As for the time I spend answering questions here -- I enjoy it. Besides, it sells a few books.

(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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