with thanks to bkmuir for letting me know:
seller DBUYEE who's not only selling a recent design of ours on pillows, but judging by the look of his 'work', regularly 'visits' Zazzle.
Am I the only one wo got this 'strange' email on Friday as a response to my form I sent in on Thursday? Although English isn't my first language, I'm pretty good at it, but to me it seems that they're saying, great that you sent in your TIN, but we're going to hold the 30% anyway, should we hear from the IRS, in spite of we wrote the day before?
Maybe I'm getting paranoid here, but to me it seems to if I request my commissions again, that they still can and will deduct the 30%, even later on, viewing the phrase "any pay outs during that time will be subject to" ) should the mysterious IRS contact they have decide so?
We received your W8 form and have forwarded for it to be processed under your Foreign TIN. We strongly encourage you to still apply for an ITIN, as it is the best way to ensure you get the tax treaty benefits. Should we hear back from the US IRS and need the ITIN, we will be coming back to you for the information. If you do not have it, any pay outs during that time will be subject to the standard 30% tax rate until the ITIN information is obtained. If you would like to read more about this, you can do so here on our Zazzle Forum post:
These questions weren't addressed in the news section. They are not personal or asking for tax advice. They are addressing the law in general as stated in the IRS official taxation regulations and documents that apply to me specifically, but also to the majority of other Zazzle designers and foreign non-resident aliens... world wide. No advice is required from Zazzle as Zazzle is not above the law.
My questions are asking why Zazzle is ignoring the tax advice, US and international tax regulations and comments I (and others) have been given by:
1. the IRS directly via IRS staff;
2. the IRS legislation documents and other legal supporting documents;
3. the advice from tax professionals I and others have received;
4. the advice from The Treasury - the government body that negotiates the tax treaties.
5. our taxation offices world wide.
These are not personal questions to us. I am not asking for your tax advice. I already know FOR CERTAIN that I am not legally required to supply you with an ITIN and instead can provide a foreign TIN which I and many others have done.
But since you have implied in the news section that you are aware that we are individuals with individual requirements. For me, specifically (and likely others) I am not required to supply you an ITIN. So if I'm not required to supply it, why are you insisting it... since you're not supposed to provide us with tax advice?
+1 Dito for me.