Hello all. There are times when this whole indie publishing game drives me crazy! There’s so much to think about, contend with, organise, work out. I mean this industry never stops. It changes as quickly at technology, which means learning the tricks of this fluid trade to any useful level, seems almost impossible. How to format, where to publish, what price to set, where in the world to sell, to print or not to print, blah, blah, blah. And then there are things like tax – *Groan.* So, I though we all needed a place to rant, moan, bitch about our indie issues, from writing, accessing services, to publishing and negotiating the perilous landscape therein.
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Which brings me to my rant.
TAX issues for the non-US self-publisher
I researched the many avenues regarding who I needed to pay tax to, if I ever earned enough, and found the sea of useless misleading IRS at the end of the yellow brick road. You see, I am presently living in Dubai, but I’m British. I don’t need to pay tax in Dubai, although whether I end up selling any books here is anyones guess. I don’t live in UK, but there’s no tax issue pending there. Although I’m wondering whether I need to set up a self-employed? I doubt it just yet, but I will look into that in the future, if (no, when!) I earn enough.
The problems arise when, as you all know, the main source of income (this may change, like everything else) comes from the US. They charge 30% tax form earnings if you don’t register a tax code. So, I need a tax code! IF only I could just go online and get one. Scan or fax my passport details, file in a simple form, and bish-bosh – Tax code issue resolved! But not a chance.
I’m in a more difficult position than most non-US self-publishers; do I apply as a British citizen who lives in UK (where they have an agreement not to withhold 30% of my earnings) or as a British citizen who resides in Dubai (for which I can find NO information)?
For anyone who resides in Europe, I think you’ll find the following links perfectly suitable. For me… Bleh!
What are your thoughts, dear readers and fellow indies?
Some fabulous resources for people in less awkward positions:
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