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U.S. Tax Interview FAQ

Amazon requires that all sellers complete the U.S. Tax Identity Information Interview.

You can provide your taxpayer identification information to Amazon by clicking here to use our self-service Tax Interview process that will guide you through entering your taxpayer information and validating your W-9 or W-8BEN form. To fulfill the IRS requirements as efficiently as possible, answer all questions and enter all information requested during the interview. Avoid misspellings or entering incorrect Tax Identification Numbers, both of which can result in an invalidated tax form.

The answers you provide during the Tax Interview will automatically determine which IRS form (W-8BEN or W-9) applies to you.

Note: This interview can only be accessed by the primary user of your Selling on Amazon payment account.

For instructions on how to take the Tax Interview, refer Update your tax information page.

Can Amazon help me with my tax return or assist me in completing the tax interview?

While we are committed to helping sellers understand the requirements under these tax regulations, we do not provide tax guidance. Please contact a tax professional.

For tax guidance, click Service Provider Network to contact a tax professional.

I am a U.S. taxpayer. What information do I need to provide to Amazon?

By completing the Tax Interview in your seller account, you will be providing Amazon the appropriate tax identity in the form of a W-9 or W-8BEN form.

For U.S. taxpayers, a TIN is required by the IRS for the administration of tax laws. In most cases, your TIN is either an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or a Social Security Number (SSN).

I am a foreign seller and not a U.S. taxpayer. Do I need to provide any information to Amazon?

Yes, even if you are a non-US taxpayer, you still need to provide us information and the responses you give to the tax interview questions will create the appropriate tax form on your behalf.

Will I be able to provide my VAT number during the tax interview?

No, the interview does not collect information about VAT. We will continue to collect your VAT information within the Account Info page on Seller Central.

How do I determine the beneficial owner for my Selling Account?

For information on beneficial ownership, please visit the IRS website.

Will Amazon provide me with a copy of my W-8BEN or W-9 Form?

Amazon does not provide paper copies of W-8BEN or W-9 Forms, but you will have an option to download an electronic copy of your forms at the end of the tax interview. Please retain a copy of all tax information you provide to Amazon.

I received an error message when trying to complete the Tax Interview. What should I do?

The information provided during the Tax Interview needs to match the IRS records.

  • If you are completing the U.S. Tax Identity Information Interview as an individual, use the information that appears on your Social Security card.
  • If you are completing the information as a business, use the name that appears on the top line of the address on your CP575A notice from the IRS.
  • Misspelling your name, not including your middle initial or middle name, or entering an incorrect Tax Identification Number (TIN) may cause validation of your form to fail.

U.S. Person:

  • Individual: Use the name that appears on your Social Security Card.
  • Business: Use the same name and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) that appears on your entity’s tax return.
  • If you selected any type of federal tax classification other than "Individual/sole proprietor", use the following depending on the type of federal tax classification you selected:
    • C Corporation: Refer to CP575 notice to confirm your federal tax classification type or contact the IRS.
    • S Corporation: Refer to CP575 notice to confirm your federal tax classification type or contact the IRS.
    • Partnership: Use the name as it appears in the partnership agreement.
    • Trust: Use the name as it appears on the trust deed.
    • Limited Liability Company (LLC): Refer to CP575 notice to confirm your federal tax classification type or contact the IRS.
    • Other:
      • If you are a non-profit under Internal Revenue Code sections 501(c) or 501 (d), select “Other” as your federal tax classification and then select the first option, “An organization exempt from tax under section 501 (a), any IRA, or a custodial account under section 403(b)(7) if the account satisfies the requirements of section 401(f)(2)” under the “Other type” in the drop-down.
      • Please refer to the code section that states under 501(a), "An organization described in subsection (c) or (d) shall be exempt from taxation….” Therefore, by saying you are exempt under (a), you are saying that you are exempt under either (c) or (d).

Non U.S. person

Individual and Business: Use the name that appears on your income tax returns.

I received an email stating that my tax identity information is invalid. I thought I provided my correct information. Can you tell me why it came back invalid?

We don't know exactly why your tax identity information came back as invalid, but here are some things to consider:

  • For an individual, this typically means entering the name and Social Security Number (SSN) as they appear on your Social Security card.
  • For a business, this typically means entering your Employer Identification Number (EIN) and the name that appears on the notice you received with your EIN number.
  • If you are a single-member LLC, you can enter the business owner's SSN and name. Another option is to enter the EIN and business name. Do not enter the disregarded entity's EIN.
  • More detailed information for ensuring you have provided valid tax information can be found in the FAQ provided above.

If you provided tax identity information and it came back invalid, you have 30 days from the date of the email from Amazon to correct the tax identity information. If you do not provide corrected tax identity information within 30 days, your Amazon selling privileges will be suspended.

Important: Information in this document does not constitute tax, legal, or other professional advice and must not be used as such. If you have other questions, please contact your tax, legal, or other professional adviser.

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