Sunday, June 19, 2011

US Tax On UK Authors Part III: What to do When You Get Your EIN (or ITIN) Number

My ITIN number finally came through from the US last week.

This is my personal tax ID for the USA tax department (the IRS) which now has me on its books as an author earning royalties.  It took about 2 months. I'll now soon be exempt from the 30% deduction on my US royalties at source made by Amazon and Smashwords.

I wrote about how to fill out the form W-7 (Get here) and jump the fiddlesome hoops to get your number back in February.

UPDATE 8 JAN 2012: You no longer need an ITIN number! An EIN number, (Employer Identity Number) is much easier to get hold of and can be obtained from the US embassy over the phone.

The next thing is to fill out another form, W-8BEN, and send it to the retailers. Kdp (Amazon Digital) request it's filled out in physical (wet ink) ink. As the letter from the US guarantor had to be signed in BLUE ink (as opposed to our officialdom black ink), to be safe I filled this one out in blue ink too. You have to write in the exact words in exactly the right places requested  (eg United Kingdom, not UK) or it'll be rejected. Amazon makes this easy by linking to a sample download PDF which you can get here.

Then, for your Amazon Kindle sales, send the form to:

Amazon Digital Services
Attn: Vendor Maintenance
PO Box 80683
Seattle, WA 98108-0683

Send another original form in wet ink to Smashwords if you sell there. They have an additional instruction:

"Include your Smashwords screen name or email address on line 8 of your W8-BEN form."

Their address is:

Smashwords, Inc.
Attention Tax Compliance Dept.
15951 Los Gatos Blvd., Ste 16
Los Gatos, CA 95032

My third and final form went to CreateSpace, linked to Amazon but a separate company which needs a form:

CreateSpace Accounts Payable
8329 West Sunset Road
Suite 200 

Las Vegas,
NV 89113

In 2 or 3 weeks' time I'll email them all to see if everything's going through. Update: 1 week later and Amazon have emailed to say they've received it. Phew. Now expecting a back-tax refund on the next cheque.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Conf 673: Ten Good Reasons To Lie About Your Age Interview

Here's an interview about my new novel 

by Patti Roberts

Patti is based in Queensland, Australia. Read all about her own novel
Paradox - The Angels Are Here

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Conf 672 - A beautiful white coincidence

I found a fallen white rose on the path in the garden the other day, I brought it inside and put it in a little glass. Back in the garden in the afternoon I found this rose locket (not valuable I should add, made of tin and plastic!).

Apologies for another long absence.

Writing and editing full on at the moment, finishing an update of Done & Dusted for print, editing and promoting my two lovely blackbirdebooks' authors, breaking for good with my agent (barely scratched the emotions, that, how times have changed) and, excitement, have been dealing with the first translation rights query for all our blackbirdebooks. The best it gets away from the computer is quick escapes to the garden for short runs and stretches. I take my yoga mat. I quite like carrying my yoga mat around. It's a bit like having a dog, people talk to you. They probably think I'm a healthy bendy person when nothing could be further from the truth. I spend way too much time hunched over the screen.

But needs be, when all the books are out there in print I'm looking forward to getting back to some full on writing. Meantime I'm loving working with other writers as well. I'm editor on these two lovely paperbacks. Highly recommended:

The Valley of Heaven and Hell - Cycling in the Shadow of Marie-Antoinette

The Dream Theatre

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.