got a reply from Apple that the EIN does not match. " We cannot validate your U.S. Tax ID information until it is in the IRS database records. " - Took a week and a day to get the mail.
if the EIN gets propagated through the databases in 2 weeks - then it had to be there. apparently - it is not.
Takes 7-9 days from subitting the information to receiving a reply - in my case all had been denials.
So far got 4 such
When reviewing your iBookstore application we had an issue verifying your U.S. Tax ID and legal entity name with the records at the IRS. You can reenter your information.....
Called IRS - they faxed me the information - which does match the one I had previously.
So I am movin to the next forum - I have got the acceptance mail and I am "in"
Probably will not read this part of forum again.
Here are my notes from this stage - maybe it helps somebody.
- registering for EIN at IRS (ITIN may be a bit harder and costlier depending wherever you are located)
EIN - companies , ITIN - individuals - there are tax issues for both - have a consultation at you local tax advisor.
plan ahead - it does take time - it may take as little as 2 weeks - in reality it takes 2 months.
Do the initial registration at IRS over phone - it saves nerves - people are sufficiently good and patient there.
Save money and call through SKYPE - it took me 2 eur for 2 hour (total) conversations with the IRS - you just need sufficient inet speed.
have some moderate to good English speaking person doing the talking - it speeds things up.
As per some other posts in this forum - state to the IRS person""I am calling from country XXXX. I need to register for EIN for tax witholdin purposes as I am applying to book distribution through Apple iTunes"
have an alphabet prompt before you (non English speaking persons usually just stalls at this) - so you are able to spell everything like for example ALBANIA = Apple, Lion, Bat, Apple, New, iMAc, Apple (or whatever )
you will get the EIN recited back to you by the polite person on the other end of phone at the end of registration - at that moment and probably till you receive the letter (snail mail through your local post office) the EIN may just be unusable for you. It is not a problem - it is just how the system works.
Peace and patience.
one more thing:
in the event you do not pass even for more than some extended period - scan and attach the letter you have received from IRS to the reply mail for you latest "TIN Match Failed" and send that to email@example.com