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Are You Missing IRS Form 6166? You're Not Alone.

Thursday, August 20, 2020   (3 Comments)
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(Manhattan Beach, CA - August 20, 2020) -- During the week of August 17, members of the IBPA Advocacy Committee began noting that many U.S. publishers have not been receiving their IRS Form 6166, which is a fundamental requirement for U.S. publishers wishing to transact a foreign language rights sale.

IRS From 6166 makes it possible for a foreign publisher not to deduct their country's tax when sending an advance royalty payment to a U.S. publisher or agent upon the purchase of foreign language rights. Without this form, many foreign rights deals between the U.S. and outside countries have been at a standstill.

Upon investigation, the IBPA Advocacy Committee discovered that the Philadelphia-based IRS office in charge of sending IRS Form 6166 has been closed since February 2020. Ten days ago, however, the office reopened and began to once again issue IRS Form 6166 to U.S. publishers.

If you are one of the many publishers who submitted a request for IRS Form 6166, but have not yet received it, you can call 267-941-1000 to ask when your form will be mailed. Remember to have your reference number handy, which you will find in the letters you have been receiving from the IRS.

For more information, visit the IRS website.


Angela Bole, CEO says...
Posted Monday, August 24, 2020
That's great, Gail! Thanks for the update. I'm glad the phone number was helpful!
Gail Woodard, Dudley Court Press says...
Posted Friday, August 21, 2020
UPDATE: Thank you for the phone number, IPBA! I actually spoke with a human being this afternoon. She was able to assure me that all they needed was a signature from my partner (an instruction that I still don't find in the IRS documents, but hey, whatever Mildred wants, Mildred gets...) I have faxed a corrected statement. I have been assured that's all that was necessary and that they will reopen our file and all will be well. Fingers crossed.
Gail Woodard, Dudley Court Press says...
Posted Friday, August 21, 2020
We applied in December, 2019. Received two notices in January and February saying they had received our application and would be back to us in 30 days. I wrote in June asking for an update. TODAY I received a message saying that we had not responded to their request for additional information and thus our file was being closed and the fee forfeited!!! Needless to say, I'm not happy. We immediately sent off a message with the facts and requested that the office reopen our file, reinstate the fee, and send us their request for whatever additional information they need. Anyone else having similar communication with the Phildelphia office?

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