I'm an independent author from Canada and am trying to claim income tax exemption. On all the other sites I publish with (both paperbacks and ebooks), I just upload my W-8BEN and I'm done. It seems much more complicated here and I'm floundering. I have several questions:
A. It asks for a "Company Identifying Number from Country of Residence". I decided that is my GST business number BUT then it asks for a "VAT or other Transaction Tax ID # from Country of Residence." Well, GST is sort of like VAT in the UK I think...so I entered the same number again. Now I'm rethinking that decision and wondering if I needed to put my social insurance number but no matter how many times I delete the 2nd number it keeps reappearing and I don't want to enter my SIN number in case that is wrong as well.
B. I've been sent 9 forms to fill out, scan and upload. (I suggest an online pdf with an electronic signature option would be much easier but that is beside the point.) The forms all have that double number on them that I mentioned above and I'm not sure if I should delete one of them or not.
C. The SALES TAX EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE MULTI-JURISDICTION and the UNIFORM SALES & USE TAX CERTIFICATE-MULTIJURISDICTION forms ask if I'm registered as a wholesaler, a retailer, a manufacturer or 'other'. I'm an author who buys books to sell at school visits and book signings. What category does that fall under? Are book signings retail? Or do I use 'other-author'?
D Also with regards to the SALES TAX EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE MULTI-JURISDICTION - what do I put for questions #1 and 2? Author/publisher for #1? and # 2 is ????
1) and is registered with the below listed states and cities within which your firm would deliver purchases to us which are for resale or lease by us in the
normal course of our business which is ___________________________ or
2) that such purchases are exempt from payment of sales or use tax in such states and cities because our buyer is: CHARITABLE OR RELIGIOUS
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OR GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY OTHERWISE EXEMPT BY STATUTE (SPECIFY) ____________________________________________
E. For ILLINOIS, questions #5, I'm assuming I choose option 3? That one says:
*The purchaser is authorized to do business out-of-state and will resell and deliver property only to purchasers located outside the state of Illinois.
But then is says at the bottom: Note: A statement by the purchaser that property will be sold for resale will not be accepted by the department without supporting evidence (e.g., proof of out-of-state registration). Would that be my GST number? If so, I don't see a place to include it.
F. CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION - Do I check anything in #1 ?
G COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA - TRADING AS???? what do I put here? Author/publisher?
H Once I get all these forms filled in, scanned and uploaded, do I still need to send in my W-8BEN?
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