Sure, as a resident (regardless of citizenship) you have to report and pay taxes here .... See this:
Because of that requirement you will have to send in a W-7 to the the ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number) that anyone must have, in order to file your taxes
(sorry for the typo) ... to "get" the ITIN ...
Now, the W*_BEN is the form that you'll use to tell your publisher that they are not required to WITHHOLD those taxes ... that you will be responsible for paying them, yourself, or possibly will not have to pay them at all, depending on the US tax treaty with your country of citizenship
again, sorry "W8-BEN"
It IS a lot of hoops to jump through, I understand... but the company is just making sure that they do not get hit with under-withholding penalties from the IRS
For NON-residents the issue is similar ... here, the W*-BEN is telling the US very specifically, that you are not required to pay taxes at all, but again, must have the ITIN in order to complete the W*-BEN .. to make the statementment that you are EXEMPT from taxes in the US. See this: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Taxation-of-Nonresident-Aliens\
Let me know of you have questions
I saw that you came into the chat, but then left again ... I'll move us to the "Question & Answer' mode ... maybe that will help (We can still continue a dialogue there, just not in real-tie as we can here)
AHHH there you are
I do not reside in the US, how or where do I get the form. I have difficulty reading your reply since it was in a very tiny window. I have to go to the link but I do not want to lose this page.
Hang on and I'll get the form FOR you ... Also, you can always come back here by using this link: http://www.justanswer.com/tax/7ylsq-if-author-non-us-resident-wishes-receive-applicable.html
And yes, read the last on ... for NON0resident aliens
Listen, I am going to move us to the Question & Answer mode. I am told tat this will allow for you to see more of the conversation (Again we can still continue our conversation. We'll just have to do so by replying to each other)
I saw the form. Do I print it, fill it out and post it so that I can get the TIN? Secondly they said I must file a W-7 form forst and then provide the W-8BEN. I did not see any W-7 forms on the website.
Internal Revenue Service ITIN Operation P.O. Box 149342 Austin, TXNNN-NN-NNNN/p>
Internal Revenue Service ITIN Operation Mail Stop 6090-AUSC 3651 S. Interregional, Hwy 35 Austin, TXNNN-NN-NNNN/p>
Here are the instructions for sending in the form:
Hope this helps