Back in the summer I decided that I really needed to sort out my tax status on the kindle publishing platform. Why? Well my kindle book sales were increasing and I was beginning to realise that paying 30% tax on my royalties was starting to build up!
Initially it hadn’t bothered me because I was only selling a few books every now and then but as I have increased the number of books published and in particular after book number 4 (I don’t know if that is a special number or not!) I saw a big increase in overall sales.
Therefore I became more aware of the impact of only receiving 70% of my royalties as they came in each month. Since I live in the UK I have to pay 30% tax on all my royalties unless I submit an identification number to prove I live in a country that has a treaty with the US and therefore don’t have to pay any tax! (That’s the agreement for the UK – it will be different depending on the country you live in).
It then occurred to me that not only was I paying 30% tax to the US, I was also declaring that income in the UK and therefore being taxed on it again! All of this was becoming ‘taxing’ if you’ll excuse the awful pun there! 🙂
So I was looking to see how you go about getting this special identification number which is called an ITIN or EIN number. At first it seemed you could fill out an online form and submit it to obtain this number but that functionality was removed for people living outside of the US!
Basically I needed to telephone a US number and speak to someone and get it that way. Of course calling the US would be expensive and I had no idea of how long I might be on the phone! So I procrastinated… until last week!
It Has Now Changed – Yeah!
Last Wednesday I had decided to set up a Skype call as it would be less expensive, and get this tax number. I had printed out the form and filled it in so that I knew exactly what the answers should be to save time!
I then visited the original website I had used to understand what I needed to do for last minute tips on how to go about it – thank you to Catherine Howard by the way! I discovered that it has changed and is now really easy!
I don’t remember seeing any email from kindle publishing with this extremely useful and relevant information! If you live in the UK you can now just use your NI (national insurance) number!
So I logged into my kindle publishing account and clicked on the Update Tax Information tab and added my NI number where I needed to. Clicked to save, print and then finish and here it is – the proof 0%:
This is what it says on Amazon KDP:
“If you are claiming a reduced rate of withholding tax under an income tax treaty and do not have a U.S. TIN, provide your foreign (non-U.S.) income tax identification number to receive treaty benefits. This number is issued by your local tax authority or government for income tax purposes.”
So there you have it. If you haven’t sorted this out for yourself yet then you now can – quickly and easily!