Taxes and self-publication from other countries?

Asked by: Lisa Ravi

Can you publish a book in a different country?

Long answer: You can publish in an English-speaking country, no matter where you’re from/live. While it can make things difficult when it comes time to promote a book, having an author live in a different country is NOT a deal-breaker for agents or publishers.

How do I avoid paying US tax on Amazon Self Publishing UK?

To remove the 30% tax for your Amazon self-publishing (UK) account, you will need to login to your KDP account. You will need to update the ‘Tax Information’ section. Following this, when you click on Tax Information, enter your EIN where it says, “Do you have a US TIN?”.

Can you be taxed by two countries?

No, you won’t. It may be that you will have to file a tax return in more than one country, but that doesn’t mean you will be taxed twice. States agree among themselves which state has the right to levy taxes in case of cross-border earnings. That’s what they’re committing to in a tax treaty.

Are non resident aliens subject to self-employment tax?

Nonresident aliens are not subject to self-employment tax. However, self-employment income you receive while you are a resident alien is subject to self-employment tax even if it was paid for services you performed as a nonresident alien.

Can a Canadian author get published in the US?

YES, as a Canadian you can certainly query and sign with a US agent – and many Canadians choose to do just that. The USA and Canada invariably fall into the North American grant of rights that an agent will sell to a US publisher, so it makes a lot of sense.

Can an American publish a book in the UK?

You can get an American agent, you can get a British agent, you can sell your books to any publisher in either country. If your manuscript is well-written and exciting enough, the fact that you live in a different country won’t be an obstacle.

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Do self published authors pay taxes?

If your net income (gross revenues less deductions) from writing and self-publishing is $400 or more in any year, you may be required to pay self-employment tax on that income. If taxes on that income exceed $1,000 per year, you may be required to pay quarterly estimated taxes.

Do authors need a tax ID number?

I recommend that every writer who hopes to earn income from writing, no matter how little, obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) for her writing business. An EIN is the business equivalent of a social security number.

Do you pay tax on eBooks?

The “sale of electronic data products such as software, data, digital books (eBooks), mobile applications and digital images is generally not taxable” (though if you provide some sort of physical copy or physical storage medium then the sale is taxable.) (Source: California BOE Publication 109 – “Non Taxable Sales”).

Who is exempt from self-employment tax?

Workers who are considered self-employed include sole proprietors, freelancers, and independent contractors who carry on a trade or business. Individuals who are self-employed and earn less than $400 a year (or less than $108.28 from a church) are exempt from paying the self-employment tax.

How do I report foreign income?

If you earned foreign income abroad, you report it to the U.S. on Form 1040. In addition, you may also have to file a few other forms relating to foreign income, like your FBAR (FinCEN Form 114) and FATCA Form 8938.

Do expats have to pay self-employment tax?

You must pay self-employment tax on your self-employment income even if it is excludable as foreign earned income in figuring your income tax. Net earnings from self-employment include the income earned both in a foreign country and in the United States.

Is freelancing foreign income?

So, as a freelancer working in the United Kingdom, any money you receive from sources outside of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland is classed as foreign earnings, as is any money received from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

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Do you pay taxes if you work overseas?

Yes, if you are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien living outside the United States, your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you live. However, you may qualify for certain foreign earned income exclusions and/or foreign income tax credits.

Do I pay US income tax if I live abroad?

Yes, if you are an American living abroad as a US citizen, you must file a US federal tax return and pay US taxes on your worldwide income no matter where you live at that time. In other words, you are subject to the same rules regarding income taxation as people living stateside.

Can the IRS see my foreign bank account?

Yes, eventually the IRS will find your foreign bank account. When they do, hopefully your foreign bank accounts with balances over $10,000 have been reported annually to the IRS on a FBAR “foreign bank account report” (Form 114).

How much money can you transfer from a foreign country to the US without paying taxes?

For those receiving financial gifts through an international money transfer, you won’t pay taxes, but you may be required to report the gift to the IRS. If the gift exceeds $100,000, you will need to fill out an IRS Form 3520.

How much foreign income is tax free?


For the tax year 2021, you may be eligible to exclude up to $108,700 of your foreign-earned income from your U.S. income taxes. For the tax year 2022, this amount increases to $112,000. 6 This provision of the tax code is referred to as the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.

How does IRS know about foreign income?

One of the main catalysts for the IRS to learn about foreign income which was not reported, is through FATCA, which is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. In accordance with FATCA, more than 300,000 FFIs (Foreign Financial Institution) in over 110 countries actively report account holder information to the IRS.

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What happens if you dont report foreign income?

If you committed a non-willful violation which was not due to any reasonable cause, you may face a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per violation. If you committed a willful violation, the penalties can rise to $100,000, or 50% of the foreign account balance at the time the each violation occurred.

What is considered foreign income for tax purposes?

For this purpose, foreign earned income is income you receive for services you perform in a foreign country in a period during which your tax home is in a foreign country and you meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test.

How can double taxation be avoided on foreign income?

To avoid double taxation of U.S. sourced income, expats must pay U.S. tax and then claim foreign tax credits in the country they live in.

What is considered overseas income?

Foreign sourced income is income earned by a Singapore company in a jurisdiction outside of Singapore. This type of income is only taxable if it is received in Singapore. Received in Singapore includes: Remitted to, transmitted or brought into Singapore.

Which country does not tax foreign income?

Bermuda, Monaco, the Bahamas, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are four countries that do not have personal income taxes.

Do I need to declare inheritance from overseas?

Do I need to report foreign inheritance or gifts? If you receive an inheritance from a foreign estate or non-resident alien, or gifts from non-resident aliens exceeding $100,000 (USD), then it must be reported to the IRS. This includes the total of all foreign inheritance or gifts received.