It seems that you're familiar with the whole process buildyo...
I'm from Germany and I also want to publish books via the iBookstore.
What about this other form, besides SS-4... this W8BEN or something like that. Do you also need to file this with Apple? And if so, where am I supposed to send the form?
From the discussion it looks like getting the EIN is not the problem. I just don't get what comes next... tax withholding... tax filing in Germany... it's a jungle out there.
Is there a possibility to talk so someone about all this stuff? I am willing to go through the whole process... but where do I start when I received the EIN?
Thanks in advance...
I'm in no way familiar with the process. I just do it step by step and can only assume what comes after Apple verified my EIN and accepted me as an iBooks publisher. Since my country, your country and many other countries have agreements with the US to avoid paying taxes twice I expect that Apple wants an W8BEN form from me sometimes later in the process so they are not required to withhold an additional 30% from my royalities for the IRS.
Wether I have to send an annual report to the IRS or if Apple does that for us I don't know. I just don't expect to pay 30% US tax as I have to pay my taxes in my country.
Where do you start when you received your EIN?
Wait two weeks then sign up as an iBooks publisher.
You need a SS-4 form to apply for an EIN. Check IRS website for details.
One month after faxing my SS-4 form, I finally picked up my phone and called IRS. I answered all the questions (which basically were someone filling out the SS-4 form on the other end of the line for you), and he asked me to wait for a moment. When he finally came back, he asked me if I had applied before. I told hime about the faxed application with no reply. He gave me the EIN from my first application and said I would recieve a mailed reply in 2 or 3 weeks. I thanked him and said goodbye.
Considering my own experience and some other guys' from above, I think fax application is not the way to go. You will just have to pick up your phone and call them. It is the only way to be sure.
Thank you, guys, for all your helps.
yesterday evening I got my EIN 9X-xxxxxxxx
Thank you very much.
I called the number. After 8 minutes I got an nice women. Her speaking was very fast (for me :-) )
Then I asked to speak a little bit slow for me :-)
Yes an then we followed the Question list like this:
The first question was about my role in my company: Sole Proprietor
Do you have a Social Security Number (SSN): No.
She repeated all that I said. And gave me the Fax Number, because I said, that my fax wasnt answered.
So for you all here is the correct number (I hope):
OK after 13 minutes I got my EIN.
Now I am waiting to get the entry to my Paid Books account.
Thanks a lot for your help here!!