I’m a UK-based developer, I’m just about to finish my latest game and have been looking forward to uploading to Kongregate and getting involved. I’m now on a bit of a downer after reading the International Tax FAQ though.
It sounds like I’d lose another 30% of any revenue share unless I fill out a W-8BEN form – no problem. But (if I’m understanding correctly) this also involves getting a social security number from the IRS, which involves giving lots of my personal information to the US government, possibly having to make expensive international phonecalls to their offices and even sounds like I might have to send them important documents such as my passport.
Am I misunderstanding? Because that basically all sounds horrible. I’m self-employed and expect to have to pay taxes in my own country of course but the thought of having to become involved with US gov departments makes me want to run a mile.
I’m just looking for clarification on this please, I’m not going to moan at Kongregate about it – it is what it is I suppose.