If you looked at my March 27th post you’ll know I was signed by J. Taylor Publishing. I am one of seven authors that will be contributing to the One More Day Anthology.
I’m so excited I feel like shouting it out—loud, very, very loud. At the same time I don’t want to sound like a new mother. You know what I mean. Every sentence leads back to my baby. I worry I’ll go too far, cuz the ebook won’t be published until December 2, 2013.
That’s a long time.
I did learn something new that I think is important. It has to do with being a Canadian and being paid by a US publisher. I thought that would get your attention. I needed to fill out a W-8BEN form which is a Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding. It registers royalties with the IRS and allows some funds to be with held for the tax year.
Simple until you need to fill-in the line six. Not only did I need my Social Insurance Number (line seven) I also needed ITIN. All this led to the next form called a W-7, and titled Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. I expected this to be simple too, but it is much more serious. I needed a copy of my passport notarized by an US citizen. Because I live close to the States taking a trip down to Colville, Wa. wasn’t that big of a deal.
If you don’t live by the States or don’t mind spending the money you’ll need a IRS Certifying Acceptance Agent to take care of this.
The point I’m trying to make is that without that ITIN card your publisher can’t pay you. That alone can complicate your submissions, and the following contract. So consider applying for the ITIN when it is convenient for you like when you are visiting the States or a town that has an International Accountant Firm or Acceptance Agent. Also keep in mind that the US has different tax rules than Canada for more info take a look at this old post.
I’m hoping with this post that I’ll save some Canadian writers some grief. If you have any questions don’t hold back. If I know I’ll tell; if I don’t I’ll tell you that too.