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A quick question as I am confused with the magazine publication process. Do magazines require SSN /EIN / ITIN for tax purpose ?  IRS says on its page,

" If you earned less than $600 as an independent contractor, the payer does not have to send you a 1099-MISC, but you still have to report the amount as self-employment income." So magazines are not asking for SSN if compensation is less than $600?

Also is the EIN option available for most children's magazines ? 

Thank you very much!    :running
#1 - May 15, 2018, 03:22 PM

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Hue, all the magazines I've written for required and reported the income even if it was for a small amount, like for a poem ($25). So, yes, I give them my SSN. Hope this helps. V.
#2 - May 15, 2018, 07:06 PM
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I think most publications find it easier to simply report for everyone, but I have had places that didn't ask.  If I've only earned $25 at the start of the year from someone, I take the form as a vote of confidence that I'll earn more. Remember that the law is looking at total compensation from a company over the course of one year. There have been times when I've crossed the threshold by writing for more than one magazine owned by the same corporation.

There may be something in the corporate law that benefits them if they show every penny spent and to whom. An SSN makes you a real person and not just a name. But this is me hypothesizing. No basis for it.
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This sounds confusing, indeed. All I was asked to do was to fill out a W-8Ben.
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Thank you all for the information! If people are constantly asking for SSN, I guess I should probably get an EIN instead ...
I always worry about giving  my SSN to other people, especially in the age of cyber attacks. 
#5 - May 16, 2018, 12:22 PM

Doh, I just realised your SSN/EIN is for U.S. writers.  W-8Ben is for non-U.S. writers.  :turtle
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I'm a US writer, and the Cricket group and Highlights have both required a W-9 form at the time of the first sale, and then they keep it on file after that.
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