Update on Canada Tax Information with the United States

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Something amazing happened during my seven-month hiatus away from writing: the tax worries and hassles that plagued writing entrepreneurs in Canada had eased. In fact, it’s so darn easy now that no one—absolutely no one—has an excuse for not completing the tax form to prevent the IRS from claiming 30% of your royalties from your books.

More than a month ago, CreateSpace sent a message to update my tax information. I meant to take care of it, but like many things since March, it got lost in the chaos of life. The deadline came and went, but fortunately CreateSpace—who really wants my business—extended the deadline.

If I didn’t update my tax information, I would no longer be able to sell through CreateSpace. They certainly didn’t want that to happen, so a grace period of thirty days was awarded. This time I took advantage of the notice and stayed up late one night to see what the fuss was all about.

The questions were straight forward and easy to answer: Was I a US citizen? Did I have a business in the US? Etc.

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EINs are Now Available

New FlashI’ve received news that the lines are now open for Canadians to call and get their Employer Identification Number (EIN). When the government in the United States shut down a few weeks ago (as reported in this post), it became impossible for anyone to get through on the telephone lines. For many, this was the only route available, so getting an EIN came to a sudden stop.

If you’ve been trying to get an EIN and have given up because of frustration, give it another try. From the report I received it was business as usual.

If you’re looking for information on EINs or interested in learning how to get one, visit Canadians, Stop Paying 30% to the IRS.