A friend of my filled the w-7 form and sended to IRS, and it is almost 1 year and he still didn't get the ITIN number (he is from Netherlands), this situation is really irritating. shutterstock already solved this problem: A friend of mine who also makes money online is a shutterstock submitter and recently the same tax withholding issue was raised there and resolved. Naturally there were plenty of non-US individuals who were not too happy with 30% being witheld and especially going through the expense and time to obtain an ITIN left many upset and bewildered. Shutterstock in consultation with the IRS came up with a solution. If you are a foreign national, you do not need an ITIN to claim your countries tax treaty. Just submit W-8BEN!
http://www.mystockphoto.org/shutterstock-tax-center/ For the most of the contributors – that are submitting to Shutterstock as an individual and are resident of a country that has a tax treaty -, it’s easy to submit Form W-8BEN online without Tax ID # Shutterstock solved this problem for their international developers why can't Amazon do this? So that we only need to fill W-8BEN form without Tax ID (ITIN)
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You are right in saying that ITIN is not required and only W8-BEN is enough. I have accounts with Apple and other stores where I receive the royalty and they do not require an ITIN. I wonder why is Amazon making it difficult for international developers by asking for an ITIN or withholding the 30%. Amazon should get this cleared as soon as possible as its very frustrating.