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Applying for a U.S. TIN (Taxpayer ID Number)

Have questions about taxes? See our Help page to watch a recorded webinar and read frequently asked questions about taxes.

Non-U.S. publishers are not required to have a U.S. TIN in order to sell on Amazon, unless their income is effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business.

Non-U.S. publishers resident in a country that maintains an income tax treaty with the U.S. and that issues tax identification numbers used for income tax reporting purposes may enter their foreign (non-U.S.) income tax identification number in KDP’s tax interview to claim treaty benefits (i.e., a reduced rate of U.S. tax withholding on their royalty income). For a list of countries that have an income tax treaty with the United States, check the IRS website.

If, however, you reside in a country that maintains an income tax treaty with the U.S. but the country does not issue a tax identification number used for income tax reporting purposes, you must provide a U.S. TIN to claim treaty benefits.

You can apply for a U.S. TIN by following the instructions below to obtain either an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for individuals or an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for non-individuals. If you are in process of applying for a U.S. TIN, you may complete the Tax Interview without the TIN. Once you receive your TIN from the IRS, take the interview again.

More information:

For Individuals: Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
For Corporations and Non-Individual Entities: Employer Identification Number (EIN)

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