11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2012 3:04 PM by MichiHenning
Maitri Hillebrecht Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

 

my name is Maitri Hillebrecht, I am a new member in this community and I would appreciate some help.

 

My question today is: I am german citizen and Apple is asking me for an american tax number.

I have got an international tax number (VAT) and I am living in Germany.

My app and my book is going to be sold worldwide.

 

Thanks for answering.

 

Kind regards

 

Maitri

 

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  • 1. Re: american tax number
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    How to sign up for a paid books account if you are not a US citizen:

     

    See this FAQ.

     

    You will need an EIN from the IRS/US Govt., which you can obtain over the phone. If you attempt to publish as a company with Apple, you will be expected to show proof. Scan the relevant documents and send to Apple per their instructions.

     

    Know that at this time, there are 32 stores are available for publishing/distribution, basically US, Canada, Australia, and most of Europe.

  • 2. Re: american tax number
    Maitri Hillebrecht Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear KT,

     

    first thanks for answering!

     

    why do I need an american tax number living in Germany / Europe?

     

    And how can I get it on the phone????​​

     

    Especially publishing in USA is not very interesting for me at the moment, because my book is not translated in English still, it is written in German and Spanish!

     

    I am not a company, just a single developer and mostly author!

     

    Kind regards,

     

    Maitri

  • 3. Re: american tax number
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    why do I need an american tax number living in Germany / Europe?

    Everyone is subject to the same requirements.

    And how can I get it on the phone????​​

    What do you mean 'how'? ...that's the process, you talk to someone and they help you get the number.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Ken

  • 4. Re: american tax number
    Maitri Hillebrecht Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well I would love to do that, but to whome will I talk and which number shall I dial?

  • 5. Re: american tax number
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Read the FAQ I linked above. Use the link from there to the US Govt. website. Read that govt. page for the phone number.

     

    If you have problems with the English on those pages, get someone there to help you sort out the details.

  • 6. Re: american tax number
    Maitri Hillebrecht Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi, I am not a proud owner of an american tax number, thank you for your help !

     

    Do I really need an isbn number?

     

    kind regards!

     

    Maitri

  • 7. Re: american tax number
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    Do I really need an isbn number?

    If you want to publish a paid-for book, yes, you do need an ISBN. Or, more accurately, if you create a paid account, you must have an ISBN even if you set the price of your book at $0.

     

    For free accounts, no ISBN is necessary.

     

    Michi.

  • 8. Re: american tax number
    Maitri Hillebrecht Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Michi,

     

    I have got now the required tax number and two isbn numbers to publish my books.

     

    What comes next?

     

    Thank You very much!

     

    Kind regards,

     

    Maitri

  • 9. Re: american tax number
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    With your tax number you can complete the applciation for a paid books account.

     

    Michi.

  • 10. Re: american tax number
    Maitri Hillebrecht Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Great Michi, thanks! Another question:

    it says:

     

    The following error(s) occurred:

    • The iTunes Store account entered has already applied to distribute content on the iBookstore. To continue with this application, you must enter a different iTunes account

     

    I have two i Tunes accounts.

     

    So do I have an account now? And how can I use it?

    Apple is veryfying my tax number now, so I might wait for this.

     

    Kind regards from Maitri

  • 11. Re: american tax number
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    Not sure what you did there. If you have an Apple ID that you already use to sell apps, you need to create a different Apple ID to sell books.

     

    Michi.