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U.S. IRS Form W-7 ITIN Application

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  • ViviZ Calculating status...
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    Jan 4, 2013 9:35 PM (in response to adnixon)

    Dear All,

     

    I just got my ITIN. Does ITIN work in iBookstore? Or have to have an EIN? Or you can put either ITIN or EIN.

     

    If you have already published books in iBookstore, you know it. Please share the info. Thank you!

     

    Viv

  • s4shanonly Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2013 7:55 AM (in response to ViviZ)

    Dear Viv,

    You can sell paid books via iBookStore if you have valid U.S Tax ID. Your ITIN is absolutely valid for selling books in iBookStore. I am using my ITIN for the same.

     

    Mohammad Shah Nawaz

  • ViviZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 8:37 AM (in response to s4shanonly)

    Dear Mohammad,

     

    Thank you for your reply!

     

    http://www.apple.com/itunes/content-providers/book-faq.html  In this web page, "Do I need a U.S. Tax ID?", the link "click here" goes to IRS web page about how to apply for an EIN. It doesn't mention ITIN at all. Hopefully not because apple has changed the policy.

     

    Viv

  • s4shanonly Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to ViviZ)

    Dear Viv,

     

    What I understand is, both EIN and ITIN can be used to sign up for iTunes Connect account in order to sell books in iBookstore. I agree that the link that you mentioned doesn't mention ITIN.

     

    Let's start with EIN's and SSN's... they are both forms of a TIN - Taxpayer Identification Number.

     

    EIN's (Employer Identification Number) are used for companies, Not For Profits etc. - basically, any person or organisation that employs other people.

     

    SSN is the Social Security Number of an indvidual. If that indivual runs a company that is effectively a sole trader or partnership that doesn't employ anyone in the USA then the SSN can be used to identify that entity too.

     

    For those not resident in or citizens of the US the TIN is actually an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).  It's often confused with a SSN because it is exactly the same format. But it begins with a '9' and that indicates that the ITIN cannot be used for employment in the USA.

     

    In my case, since I live in India, ITIN worked for me.

     

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers

     

    Mohammad

  • ViviZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 8:20 PM (in response to s4shanonly)

    Dear Mohammad,

     

    Thank you for all the explanations!

     

    I am glad to hear that ITIN will definitely work. I don't want to have both ITIN and EIN if what I have is already enough. My understanding is that for most of the non-US authors (individuals, not companies), actually ITIN is right one to get. Since EIN is easier to get and iBookstore accepts it, people just get EIN instead of ITIN.

     

    ITIN is really not easy to get. U get rejected if they don't accept one of your documents (the verification of possport copy is the big headache to most people). Then you post again...It took long time.

     

    What about how to get paid? Did you just put in your Indian bank account details and apple transfers the money to your bank? Who is paying the transfer fee? Deducted from your payment?

     

    Thank you very much!

    Viv

  • s4shanonly Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Jan 6, 2013 2:26 AM (in response to ViviZ)

    Hey Viv,

    I provided my Indian Bank details in the banking module of iTunes Connect. Apple transfer money through wire transfer, and the transfer fee is deducted from my credited payment.

     

    Regards,

    Mohammad

  • ViviZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 6, 2013 11:00 PM (in response to s4shanonly)

    Hi Mohammad,

     

    Thank you a lot for all the info!  Viv

  • fuggi Calculating status...
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    Feb 2, 2013 4:24 AM (in response to adnixon)

    @ViviZ and s4shanonly:

    The differences between and purposes of all kinds of Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) are explained on IRS' website as well. They should all be accepted by Apple since they are all valid "U.S. Tax IDs" (as Apple calls them).

     

    However, I'm not sure whether I'm obliged to file and pay taxes in the U.S. once I've got an TIN. As you are all registered now, could you clarify this, please? I'm from Germany.

     

    Best regards,

    fuggi

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