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RGH80 Mar 20th 2012 8:39 pm

Publishing Royalties
 
After reading the thread about working on personal projects, this has thrown up something that might be relevant to me.

I am (possibly) going to land a publishing contract with a US-based publisher while being in the UK. To do this, I apply for an ITIN from the US Embassy and pay tax in the UK as normal. (This is unlikely to be a huge amount.)

But if, down the line, my day job posts me to the US on an L1 visa, am I going to hit a brick wall here? All that really happens is that the tax is paid to the IRS and not HMRC, but would they class this as being self-employed? And what about writing anything new while being in the US on an L1?

Noorah101 Mar 20th 2012 8:56 pm

Re: Publishing Royalties
 

Originally Posted by RGH80 (Post 9963591)
And what about writing anything new while being in the US on an L1?

My layman's understanding is that if you're in the USA on an L-1, it's OK to get paid royalties from something you've previously written, but would not be OK to write anything new for which you intend to get paid (because that would be classed as "working"), unless that's what your L-1 job actually is.

Rene

ian-mstm Mar 20th 2012 10:41 pm

Re: Publishing Royalties
 

Originally Posted by Noorah101 (Post 9963612)
My layman's understanding is that if you're in the USA on an L-1, it's OK to get paid royalties from something you've previously written, but would not be OK to write anything new for which you intend to get paid (because that would be classed as "working"), unless that's what your L-1 job actually is.

+1 ... I agree.

Ian


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