I've been tangled up in red tape recently.
You see... non-US citizens need tax identity numbers too. But just reading the application form instructions has my fingers tangled in my hair.
And then, there's a fact that certifying copies of my documents isn't technically as possible as you'd think. And there's NO WAY I'm sending my passport to the IRS. Not because I don't trust them, but that I don't trust my country's postage system.
So yeah... I'm paying a substantial amount of money (more or less a month's salary for me) to have a "Certified Acceptance Agent" do this for me.
Looking at those forms again, I'm thinking it's worth every cent. Worst is that once I have my TIN, I'll only be using it to get exempted from US Tax. So.... All this effort just so that I don't pay tax in the US. As supposed to 25% in South Africa. Sigh.
Anyone else have issues with sorting out taxes on your royalties?