Tax Information Requirements
- An individual who is a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien
- A partnership, corporation, company, or association created or organized in the U.S. or under the laws of the U.S.
- Any estate (other than a foreign estate)
- A domestic trust (as defined in Regulations section for Forms W-9 not required to be signed 301.7701-7)
If you are a non-U.S. publisher whose income is effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business, and you file a U.S. income tax return for the effectively connected income then you are required to provide a U.S. TIN (ITIN or EIN for individuals; EIN for non-individuals) when completing the IRS Form W-8ECI. In general, your income is effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business if you have employees in the U.S., own, lease or control equipment or other assets in the U.S. that you use to generate revenue, or have a permanent establishment in the U.S.
It is not necessary to have a TIN in order to complete the tax interview. However, any reduction of the statutory withholding tax rate (30%) applicable to your U.S. source payments will not apply until you can provide a TIN.
If you are in the process of applying for a U.S. TIN, you can submit your tax information now in our online tax interview without a TIN, and then retake the interview once you receive your TIN from the IRS.
A U.S. TIN may take the form of an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a Social Security Number (SSN), or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). You can learn more about EIN (business entities) and ITIN (individuals) numbers by visiting our Help Page Applying for a U.S. TIN (Taxpayer ID Number)
Tax ID Submission Process
- Tax Interview
Amazon requires all publishers, including non-profit or tax-exempt organizations, to provide valid taxpayer identification in order to comply with U.S. tax reporting regulations using the short online tax interview accessible from the KDP Account page. You must provide this information before publishing and selling your books on the Kindle Store. The interview guides you through a step-by-step process, which gathers all necessary information required to establish your tax identity and generate a Form W-9 for either U.S. Publishers or Form W-8 for Non-U.S. Publishers.
- Tax ID Validation
If you are a U.S. publisher or non-U.S. publisher that provides a U.S. TIN, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must validate your tax ID information. This process is subject to IRS database outages that can delay the process. In addition, any recently issued TINS can take up to 60 days to process, as they are not yet part of the IRS database.
- Tax Account Status
Publishers are eligible to sell on Amazon once a “Completed” status appears in the Tax Information section of the KDP Account page. If you input a U.S. Tax ID and it does not match Internal Revenue Service (IRS) records, we will update your tax status to indicate further information is necessary. Until we receive valid tax information, any publishing restrictions remain in place. We will not lift any publishing restrictions will until we receive updated and valid information.
Please note, if a non-U.S. publisher has not entered a U.S. TIN and instead has entered the income tax identification number issued by the tax authority in their country of residence, this section does not apply.
Tax withholding rates vary across Kindle Stores based on whether you are a U.S. person or a non-U.S. person. Non-U.S. Publishers may be eligible for a reduced rate of U.S. tax withholding if your country of permanent residence has an income tax treaty with the U.S.
For more details, visit Tax Withholding for U.S. Publishers or Tax Withholding for Non-U.S. Publishers.
- U.S. Publishers will have royalties earned in the prior tax year reported on the Form 1099-MISC. We issue this form on or before January 31 each year.
- Non-U.S. Publishers will have U.S. source income (Amazon.com Kindle Stores) reported annually on the IRS Form 1042-S. This form is an informational statement of your royalty amounts and any applicable withholding withheld during the prior tax year. We issue this form on or before March 15 each year.
For example, we report any royalties paid from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 on either Form 1099-MISC issued in January 2016 to U.S. Publishers or Form 1042-S issued in March 2016 to Non-U.S. Publishers.
Due to data security reasons, we do not send any tax forms via email. Publishers have the option to select their tax form delivery preference on the KDP account. If you opt to "Go paperless," you will receive an email notification as soon as the form(s)** become available, along with instructions on how to acces them directly from your KDP account. If you opt for paper delivery, the forms will be mailed to the address you entered during the Tax interview.
To update your delivery preference, follow the steps below:
- Sign into your KDP account: http://kdp.amazon.com
- Click “(Your Name)’s Account” at the top
- Scroll to “Tax Information”
- Click “View/Provide Tax Information”
- Scroll to the “Go paperless for year-end tax forms” section
- Select your delivery preference
- Click “Save Preference”
Please note that if you make updates to the delivery preference close to the filing deadline, those updates may not take effect until the next filing year.*The information on this page is not intended as tax advice and may not be used to support tax positions. We recommend that you consult with a tax advisor for any tax guidance.
**The option to download tax forms is offered for 2015 year-end forms only (prior years currently not included).