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Offline Daphne Reading Wanted by Tim Arnot
10 May 2011, 01:25 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Non US authors penalised by Amazon

This post was last modified: 19 May 2012 07:01 AM by Daphne.
It is now possible for UK authors to be paid by EFT if they open a UK based dollar account (eg. with citibank, which give a 9 digit sort-code which can be put in on KDP). No charges, no more cheques and a visa card for easy spending!

(Update - see my post below as despite advice from the bank that this was possible, It didn't work for me and I reverted to cheque payment).
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That's good to know Daphne. I'll have to look into getting a UK based dollar account as EFT is so much more convenient than cheques but it would still be better if the US sales could be paid into the same account as the UK and DE sales do.
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This post was last modified: 18 May 2011 05:17 PM by Daphne.
I made the post above after being told that EFT payments were possible in the UK and I was able to set up my KDP account with citibank details. Amazon duly informed me that payment was made - but I never received it. Amazon has just emailed me to say that the EFT payment made by them to me has been returned - I don't know if this indicates that the method does not work (on three occasions the bank told me that it was possible) - or that I simply entered my details wrongly. If anyone has their funds successfully transferred, I'd be interested to know.
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18 May 2011, 06:08 PM | Post: #14

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RE: Non US authors penalised by Amazon

It would be so nice if Amazon didn't limit us to one currency per bank account. I have no idea why they do that. *sigh*
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I don't suppose I need to worry until my US sales hit double figures....Confused
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RE: Non US authors penalised by Amazon

I don't have to worry about it when I'm me, because my publisher takes care of all that.

When I'm not me, though, I'm a self-published non-American, and the Amazon hoops are a royal pain to jump through.
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I wish Amazon would introduce Paypal for international authors. It's so easy and I don't think it would cost them any extra at their end. Surely it costs a bit to have someone make up a cheque, post it etc etc. Sigh. Every time I bank an Amazon cheque here in Australia it costs me $15. Smashwords have it right IMO.
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RE: Non US authors penalised by Amazon

(29 Apr 2011 01:00 AM)Bob Mayer Wrote:  Well as a US author I get paid by UK Amazon in GBP so I think it's the same all around.

Bob, I am US author too. My UK payments go direct in my bank account which of course is in US dollars. But royalties are paid separately for US and UK sales.

You may look into that. It is quite convenient.

I do understand non-USA author's dilemma. But like anyother business it takes some time. I assume Amazon will be working on that. Some businesses like B&N are still not setup for international sales.
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19 May 2012, 03:23 AM | Post: #19

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This post was last modified: 19 May 2012 03:26 AM by declanconner.
Well now, everyones situation is different, depending on which country they live in. All I can say is that here in Brazil, not only do I have to pay the 30% withholding tax, but in addition to the check/cheque charge, they deduct another 27% withholding charge for the tax people here.

The 30% the US get I will never get back whatever my circumstances, because there is no tax treaty.

The only saving grace is that Brazil are signed up to a convention that accepts you have paid the 30% and only taxes you on what is left. Really big of them. I do have a chance of claiming some of the 27% back, but it will depend again on circumstances at the end of the tax year. All I can say is thank God for the UK and the Europeans not deducting tax.

I wouldn't mind but all the royalties get spent on editing services and designers in America, so really at the end of the day Uncle SamThumbs Up gets the lot.Thumbs Down
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RE: Non US authors penalised by Amazon

I live in Australia and get cheques from Amazon US.

The cheque is always for the same amount as stated on my monthly reports; i.e. no tax withheld.

The bank charges for my lending them that money though Smile
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