Getting your Employer Identification Number (EIN) may be a little difficult at the moment. Two individuals who have tried and failed to get through using the telephone number have contacted me to share this information. Lines are tied up; they can’t get through; they are told by a recording to try again.
What is an EIN you ask? It’s an identification number that gives Canadians the ability to claim 100% of their royalties when a company in the United States distributes an eBook or printed book by a Canadian company. For example, if you are a self-published author and you sell your books through Smashwords, Kindle or CreateSpace, you need an EIN or you lose 30% of your earnings to the American tax man.
You can read more about this in my post Canadians, Stop Paying 30% to the IRS.
The phone number in my post is correct. The problem is with the government shut down that happened earlier this week. People knew this was coming, so the lines got tied up before the actual shut down occurred. Now that all non-essential employees to the US government are temporarily laid off, there’s little chance this grid lock is going to come undone any time soon.
It may be best to wait until the US government sorts out this mess before attempted to get an EIN.