Filling out Amazon’s W-8BEN for Australian Authors

FormFillingAustralian authors (and others who are not US citizens) may not realise that when they start publishing books on Kindle, Amazon will withhold 30% of their royalties for tax UNLESS:

  • they get an EIN (Employee Identification Number) from the IRS, and then
  • fill in form W-8BEN and send it to Amazon.

I have just been through this process, and was helped along the way by various posts on forums and on Kindle Boards about how to do it all successfully.

There is a post here that explains it all, and walks you through the process of filling in the form to send to Amazon once you have your EIN:

Do it as soon as you put your book up on Amazon.

(Authors from other countries may also find this information useful; it addresses all authors living in countries that have tax treaties with the USA.)


Filling out Amazon’s W-8BEN for Australian Authors — 5 Comments

  1. Thanks for this Marg! I managed the EIN in around 15 minutes by phone, that included 7 minutes wait time, and will now tackle the W-8BEN.
    Having just ploughed through the formatting for a hard cover first edition from, and now this lot, I can see where the faint-hearted or ‘too busy’ would throw their hands up in horror.
    But having sorted it once, it is like finally sailing out of a storm into a sheltered bay!
    Thanks again,
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  2. Great article. Thanks for the info, you made it easy to understand. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a form W-8BEN, I found a blank form here This site PDFfiller also has some tutorials on how to fill it out and a few related forms that you might find useful.

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