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Amazon Merch Tax Information?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by dardan.ar, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. dardan.ar

    dardan.ar Junior Member

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    Im a non US citizen ( from Europe/Balkan) and want to sell shirts online.
    But Amazon asks me to fill tax information. Can anyone help me what does tax information means properly in selling and how to fill it correctly. Thanks!
     
  2. manolo12399

    manolo12399 Senior Member

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    I am not sure but with other affiliate sites, for non US usually is a form that you fill so they have track that you don't have to pay tax, I think is W-8 or W-9, somebody can correct
     
  3. AJ2121

    AJ2121 Registered Member

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    If you are selling from Europe to USA you are subject to sales tax - if you use Amazon FBA

    Each return will have different amounts depending on the states that your fulfillment center is from

    However if you cant be bothered about paying tax its ok, its a risk you got to take - being in Europe there is no point selling on amazon.com if you dont FBA the items, amazon default delivery is too long.

    Hope that helps
     
  4. pipi13

    pipi13 Junior Member

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    I also like to know this. Anyone?
     
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    Tylor jr Power Member

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    What is the tax information interview?
    The Tax information interview, located in the Merch by Amazon portal in the My Account section under Tax Information, is a self-service interview process designed to collect your required taxpayer information to complete an IRS tax form (e.g. IRS Forms W-9 or W-8) which will be used to certify your U.S. or non-U.S. status, determine if your payments are subject to IRS reporting, and the rate of U.S. tax withholding (if any) applicable to your payments..

    You can find more information about the tax information interview in the Tax information interview Guide.

    I am a U.S. taxpayer. What information do I need to provide to Amazon?
    Amazon requires all U.S. content creators, including non-profit and tax-exempt organizations, to provide valid taxpayer identification information by taking the tax information interview in order to comply with U.S. tax reporting regulations before they can start selling t-shirts.

    The interview guides you through a step-by-step process gathering all necessary information required to establish your tax identity and generates an IRS Form W-9 for U.S. Payees.
    You will be required to provide your U.S. tax identification number (TIN). Your nine-digit federal tax identification number is your Social Security Number (SSN), Employer Identification Number (EIN), or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN).

    Please retake the interview if your information or circumstances change.

    I am an international content creator. I pay taxes in my own country, not the United States. Do I need to provide any information to Amazon?
    Yes, Amazon requires all international content creators to provide valid taxpayer identification information by taking the tax information interview in the Merch by Amazon portal. To complete an IRS Form W-8 to certify your non-U.S. status, determine if your payments are subject to U.S. tax reporting, and the rate of U.S. tax withholding (if any) applicable to your payments. A taxpayer identification number (TIN) is not required unless you wish to claim a reduced rate of U.S. withholding tax.

    Please retake the interview if your information or circumstances change.

    What information will I need to provide in the tax information interview?

    You will need to provide U.S. tax status (U.S. person or non-U.S. person), the name of the individual or organization that will report the income on an income tax return, permanent address, and U.S. and/or foreign (non-U.S.) taxpayer identification number (TIN), if applicable.

    How do I know if I am a U.S. person?

    In general, you are considered a U.S. person if you are a (1) U.S. citizen, (2) U.S. resident, or (3) entity organized under the laws of the U.S.

    What name should I provide during the tax information interview?
    You should provide the name of the individual or organization that will report the income on an income tax return.

    If you are completing the information as an organization, use the name as it appears as follows:
    • Trust – The name as it appears on the trust deed
    • Partnership – The name as it appears in the partnership agreement
    • Corporation – The name as it appears in the certificate of incorporation, or other legal document that formed the corporation
    • Other - The name as it appears on the legal document that formed the entity
    I am a non-U.S. content creator completing the interview for a company. Does that mean I am an “agent”?
    Generally, “agent acting as an intermediary” refers to a business or individual that will receive income on behalf another person. Merely completing the tax interview on behalf of a company does not necessarily make you an agent.

    If you are unsure if you are an “agent acting as an intermediary”, please contact your tax advisor.

    What is a U.S. Tax Identification Number (TIN)?
    A U.S. tax identification number (TIN) is issued by the U.S. tax authority (Internal Revenue Service “IRS”) and can be a social security number (SSN), individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), or employer identification number (EIN).

    For U.S. persons, this is typically an SSN (generally for individuals) or EIN (generally for companies).

    For non-U.S. persons, this is typically an ITIN (individuals) or EIN (generally for non-individual companies). A taxpayer identification number (TIN) is not required for non-U.S. persons unless you wish to claim a reduced rate of U.S. withholding tax. If you are a non-U.S. person and wish to claim a reduced rate of U.S. withholding tax and you do not have a foreign (non-U.S.) TIN issued for income tax purposes by the tax authority in your country of residence, you may apply for a U.S. TIN.

    For more information on tax identification numbers, please consult your tax advisor.

    I am not a U.S. content creator, and I don’t have a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number. Can I provide my foreign (non-U.S.) tax identification number in the tax information interview?
    To claim treaty benefits, you are required to provide a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). If you do not have a U.S. TIN, you may enter the income tax identification number issued by the tax authority in your country of residence. If you do not have a foreign (non-U.S.) TIN issued for income tax purposes by the tax authority in your country, you may apply for a U.S. TIN.

    If your income is effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business, you must provide a U.S. TIN.

    What happens if I don’t provide the required information?
    You must provide your taxpayer identification information to become eligible to sell t-shirts through Merch by Amazon.

    If you already provided your taxpayer identification information and received notification that the information is invalid, you must retake the tax information interview with valid information within 30 days to avoid your t-shirts being made unavailable for customers to purchase.

    I completed the tax information interview. When will I know if the information I have submitted is valid?
    In most cases, your tax information will be validated within a few minutes of submission. In rare cases, the validation process can take 7-10 business days. Please note that you will be unable to make changes to your tax information during the validation process.

    If we detect that your tax information does not match IRS records, you will be emailed with further instructions for updating your tax information. If you receive notification that the information you supplied is invalid, you will be required to retake the tax information interview with valid information within 30 days to avoid your t-shirts being made unavailable for customers to purchase.

    Why might information that I supplied in the tax information interview be invalid?
    The information you enter in the tax information interview is compared with IRS database records. We cannot detect why information is determined to be invalid, or advise you on the specific issue with the information you entered. However, here are some things to consider before retaking the tax information interview:
    • Misspelling your name, not including your middle initial or middle name, or entering an incorrect Tax Identification Number (TIN) may cause tax information to not match IRS records.
    • Use the name and TIN that appear on your Social Security card [SSN], CP565 notice [ITIN], or CP575A notice [EIN], if applicable.
    • If you are providing an EIN, use the name that appears on the top line of the address header on your CP575A notice from the IRS if you are providing a business name.
    For your security, we will not be able to update your account records if you provide your tax information over the phone or via email. We also cannot disclose to you the tax information you entered in the tax information interview that was invalid.

    Check your records to confirm your tax information, and enter this information in the tax information interview.

    Will you withhold any taxes from U.S. source payments made to international content creators?
    U.S. source payments are subject to a statutory 30% rate of U.S. tax withholding. You may claim a reduced rate of withholding under an income tax treaty by completing an IRS tax form (e.g. Form W-8) in the tax information interview if your country of residence has an income tax treaty with the United States that permits a lower withholding rate for the type of income for which you are receiving payments. To check if your country of residence has an income tax treaty with the United States, please reference the IRS website. Royalty treaty rates can be found in IRS Publication 515. Please note: you must provide a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) to claim treaty benefits. If you have a U.S. TIN, you must provide it. If you do not have a U.S. TIN, you may enter the income tax identification number issued by the tax authority in your country of residence. If the tax authority in your country of residence does not issue tax identification numbers for income tax purposes, you may apply for a U.S. TIN.

    Will I be subject to U.S. tax reporting by the U.S. tax authority (Internal Revenue Service, “IRS”)?
    U.S. developers that receive royalty payments exceeding the IRS reporting thresholds during the calendar year will receive IRS Form 1099-MISC on or before January 31 of the year following payment. For example, calendar year 2015 payments will be reported on or before January 31, 2016. This form will also be reported to the U.S. tax authority (Internal Revenue Service “IRS”).

    Non-U.S. providers that receive U.S. source royalty payments during the calendar year will receive IRS Form 1042-S on or before March 15 of the year following payment detailing payments received and any associated U.S. tax withholding. For example, calendar year 2015 payments will be reported on or before March 15, 2016. This form will also be reported to the U.S. tax authority (Internal Revenue Service “IRS”).