We need your legal data in order to make sure we can legally pay you. We don't withhold tax, but we are bound by law to make sure that you - as a writer or small publisher - will take care of your own tax duties (if there are any).
What is the difference between the account types Individual, Self-employed and Corporation?
Account type: individual
If you are an individual, you are not tax-registered and you are not doing your own tax-return. You are not a 'legal person' and you are unable to give invoices. Individuals are welcome to sign up and use PublishDrive, but unfortunately there are still a few countries where we are unable to pay individuals (see this list for accepted countries). As an individual, the author is obliged to arrange and administer all their appropriate taxes, affixes etc. according to their home country’s law. Further information may be received at the local tax agency houses. We might send you a 'validation' form before the first payment: we'll need to file it for our tax records.
Account type: self-employed / sole proprietor
If you are able to give invoices and do your own tax-return, you are probably self-employed / sole trader / sole proprietor. You are a legal person: your legal name is either your own name (it is common in the UK) or you have a business name. Self-employed authors are welcome to use the platform and will be paid in all cases. We might send you a 'validation' form before the first payment: we'll need to file it for our tax records.
Account type: company
Publishing companies have a registered company entity with valid TAX ID. We try to validate all companies ourselves using official databases. If we don't succeed, we send you a 'validation' form before the first payment.