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A signed letter or document for the IRS?

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Nijntje Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Feb 7, 2012 11:01 AM

I'd like to create an iTunes Connect account to publish iBooks in your store, after creating them with iBooks Author. You've specified that, in order to create such an iTunes Connect account, I need a U.S. Tax ID. In order to request one from the IRS, I've been requested (by the IRS) to supply, and I quote, "A signed letter or document from the withholding agent, on official letterhead, showing your name and verifying that an ITIN is required to make distributions to you during the current tax year that are subject to IRS information reporting or federal tax withholding."

 

I'd like to request such a signed letter or document from Apple, but with no luck. What may I do?

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2), Late 2010
  • Juxel Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Feb 7, 2012 12:07 PM (in response to Nijntje)

    Are you sure you need an ITIN? You would not need that if you have, or are eligible to get, a SSN.

  • Juxel Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Feb 7, 2012 12:19 PM (in response to Nijntje)

    I would try this thread.

  • julianporter5 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 8:37 AM (in response to Nijntje)

    I visited the IRS office in the American Embassy in London today to be told exactly the same  i.e. that I needed a signed letter from Apple.  The rule she quoted comes from the instructions for Form W-7 page 6 in the table headed third party withholding on Passive Income ... Documentation you must submit section 1(d).

    I am as puzzled as Nijntje on how to proceed.  The lady at the desk did say that they have did receive letters from people selling on Amazon and selling Apps. If it is difficult to get a letter from Apple it might be easier to get a letter from Amazon, given that in future I would envisage selling eBooks through Amazon also.

    Any other ideas would be very welcome, particularly from Apple.

  • guvapo Calculating status...
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    Feb 28, 2012 5:29 AM (in response to Nijntje)

    same problem here.

    let you know us when you succeed?

     

    Have you seen a iBook Author made Book in the iBook store made/published by a non US citizen ?

    I am curious.

    Guido

  • julianporter5 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Feb 29, 2012 7:08 AM (in response to Nijntje)

    I'm going to send off my W7 with the letter provided by Amazon with a link And full details provided on this website

     

    https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A1VDYJ32T5D3U4

     

    Maybe as Amazon have been at this for so long they have dealt with all the hurdles involved.  Maybe someone from Apple should have taken a look at this information.

     

    I've been so disappointed with the support from Apple, that I will publish my first book, written without the use of iBooks Author on Amazon.

  • Canauthor Calculating status...
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    Feb 29, 2012 2:57 PM (in response to julianporter5)

    Thanks, julianporter5! This is very useful information.  ibooks should take a leaf out of Amazon's book!  They are going to lose a lot of potential foreign authors if they don't get on the ball.

  • julianporter5 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jul 15, 2012 2:13 PM (in response to Nijntje)

    I did get a number from the IRS so I guess you will get one eventually.

  • Tangrecia Calculating status...
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    Sep 4, 2012 7:40 AM (in response to Nijntje)

    Any news from your try? I am going to do the same procedure from Greece. I guess Apple doesn't want non-US authors yet...

  • Tangrecia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 7:44 AM (in response to julianporter5)

    So you suggest we do the same. But you can't submit a multi-touch book in Amazon or other services.

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