Amazon associates tax info question

by rsmllc
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Hi guys,

I'm not from US, and my question is do I have to submit tax info to Amazon? Their FAQ suggests I have to submit the tax info if my "business is taxable in the U.S".

I don't get it. What business? Do they mean my website? Can someone with experience explain me that phrase?

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I am only taking a wild guess here.

    But, I would bet Amazon could answer that question for you

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    • Profile picture of the author rsmllc
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      I am only taking a wild guess here.

      But, I would bet Amazon could answer that question for you

      al
      You'd lose the bet, because they said 'ask the tax professional for help' so I came here for help
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      • Profile picture of the author agmccall
        Originally Posted by rsmllc View Post

        You'd lose the bet, because they said 'ask the tax professional for help' so I came here for help
        Actually, I would win the bet. You say they need the proper tax information, How does a tax professional know what tax information they need. So you ask amazon what tax information they want.

        And, secondly, this is not a tax professional forum so maybe you should seek out a forum that specializes in tax advice. Or, another idea would be to contact a "Tax Professional"

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        • Profile picture of the author rsmllc
          Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

          Actually, I would win the bet. You say they need the proper tax information, How does a tax professional know what tax information they need. So you ask amazon what tax information they want.

          And, secondly, this is not a tax professional forum so maybe you should seek out a forum that specializes in tax advice. Or, another idea would be to contact a "Tax Professional"

          al
          I never said this IS is 'tax professional' forum. I want to know what people did in this case. I JUST want help from people who ACTUALLY have BEEN trough this case and ARE using Amazon associates.
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          • Profile picture of the author agmccall
            Originally Posted by rsmllc View Post

            I never said this IS is 'tax professional' forum. I JUST want help from people who ACTUALLY have BEEN trough this case. I want to know what people did in their case.
            What people did was ask Amazon what tax information they need and then get it and provide it to them. I really do not know what else to tell you or why you do not understand.

            But good luck in your endeavor

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            • Profile picture of the author rsmllc
              Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

              What people did was ask Amazon what tax information they need and then get it and provide it to them. I really do not know what else to tell you or why you do not understand.

              But good luck in your endeavor

              al
              I'm trying to know what the phrase actually mean and you're telling me to ask Amazon information they need and 'provide' them? Thanks, that really helped!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jassen
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    • Profile picture of the author rsmllc
      Originally Posted by Jassen View Post

      I'm a tax expert, so today's your lucky day.

      If you're not a US citizen or resident alien, and your business is not taxable in the US, then you don't have to fill out their paperwork.

      Your business is taxable in the U.S. if it is registered here, incorporated here, has more than 10% ownership by U.S. citizens/nationals, or any number of other criteria.

      If your business is just you, with absolutely no ties to the United States, it's highly unlikely you need to submit anything to Amazon. But keep in mind that you may need to report your Amazon income to your home country and pay taxes there.
      Thank you so much, Jassen! This is what I'm looking for! So, I don't need to submit any tax information to Amazon.

      Thanks again!
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    • Profile picture of the author rsmllc
      Originally Posted by Jassen View Post

      I'm a tax expert, so today's your lucky day.

      If you're not a US citizen or resident alien, and your business is not taxable in the US, then you don't have to fill out their paperwork.

      Your business is taxable in the U.S. if it is registered here, incorporated here, has more than 10% ownership by U.S. citizens/nationals, or any number of other criteria.

      If your business is just you, with absolutely no ties to the United States, it's highly unlikely you need to submit anything to Amazon. But keep in mind that you may need to report your Amazon income to your home country and pay taxes there.
      Hey Jassen,

      Another question just came up in my mind. I receive payment from Amazon via U.S direct deposit bank transfer. The bank account is provided by Payonner which allow me to withdraw the bank account's balance through ATM using Payoneer mastercard. Do I need to pay tax in this case? Or, it depends upon the country's law?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
      Originally Posted by Jassen View Post

      I'm a tax expert, so today's your lucky day.

      If you're not a US citizen or resident alien, and your business is not taxable in the US, then you don't have to fill out their paperwork.

      Your business is taxable in the U.S. if it is registered here, incorporated here, has more than 10% ownership by U.S. citizens/nationals, or any number of other criteria.

      If your business is just you, with absolutely no ties to the United States, it's highly unlikely you need to submit anything to Amazon. But keep in mind that you may need to report your Amazon income to your home country and pay taxes there.
      Jassen's right, I live in canada and have been advertising with amazon for years and I dont have to submit any tax forms to them because my business is not in the US.
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  • Profile picture of the author sabatek
    I believe it means if you are a publisher, look at publishing as a business or even seling something from a business than you would have a tax ID and you should use it. If not use your social security. I did.
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    • Profile picture of the author StoneTownFM
      rsmllc,

      You don't have to submit your tax information to Amazon.com if you're just their affiliate and have nothing else to do with the US. So you don't have to pay tax to the US in this case. Another question, of course, is where to then? Well, to the place where you're living. Which I take is Nepal. I don't know more about your country's tax laws, but it shouldn't be hard. Just look at your income on Payoneer, convert it to your currency and tell it to tax authorities. Should work like that.
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