Thank you so much LouieGee for posting this. I'm afraid I'm pretty clueless about it all, so I used your reasons and my form has now been successfully processed.
Aw good, I'm glad your form has been accepted too! I had help from various people who suggested what to put on mine, so it's definitely been a group effort to figure out what to put.
Oh, that's great sunnymars! Really pleased for you!
I also got an email saying mine had been accepted and processed under my foreign TIN, which was great. Then about 20 minutes later I got another email saying that I was being paid under default 30% withholding, which was a bit of a shock to say the least!
However, I got a really quick reply to my query from Zazzle (and confirmation I won't have any money withheld), so that was a major relief. And fantastic to get such a speedy response!
Thanks. I'm in the UK.
I'm also in the UK, and my form has been accepted. This is what I put (for type of income): "Copyright royalties paid for the reproduction of, the use of, or the right to use, artistic works."
(And for the reasons I meet the terms): "Beneficial owner is a citizen of the United Kingdom, who lives and works solely in the United Kingdom, and who is registered to pay tax to the tax authority of the British Government, Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Copyright royalties have a 0% withholding rate per IRS Publication 515, Page 55, Table 1."
The Article Number is 12, and the withholding rate is 0%.
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That's true and I'm spewing that I gave it to Zazzle. However the foreign TIN doesn't go into this database so at least it won't be available online for other companies, third parties and hackers to access so easily.
I thought applying for an EIN was at least an easier option but nothing is easier knowing that you could end up robbed. It's all become a bit too scary.
Yes, I'd rather not be in the US tax system if I can avoid it. I mean, nothing is ever 100% secure, not even our own countries' tax systems, but handing our ID numbers over to other authorities/companies just seems to increase the risk by providing more avenues through which it could be breached.
In your own country you have people you can go to to fight it. What are you going to do if it happens in the US? Go to Texas? Send a certified passport of your stolen identity to them each time you need to communicate with them? Pay to fight it in a US court?
I feel for people who have already applied for a US TIN. Most of them didn't even know they will now be including in that online database. They should be informed by the IRS before they apply. It should be a note in bold writing on the application form.
Yes, that was my thinking. I'd rather deal with my own country's tax authority, because at least as a citizen they have some obligations to me. I can't imagine the IRS has much time for non-US citizens and their problems.
Checked 515, still in "other countries". Maximum penalty
Nothing filled in line 10, 9, and tax number, hoping for the best!
Aw, that really sucks!
Good luck with your form though - at least you'll get some of your money!