I was reading yesterday Brian’s contract through Outskirts Press for his novel ‘Real Magic’ and particularly the Internal Revenue Service form. According to the IRS for federal tax purposes if you have a Tax Identification Number, (TIN), you are a ‘person’ in the eyes of the government. Most people have a Social Security Number which serves as the TIN, however for business purposes, the business itself is issued a separate EIN and considered a person.
The reason this means something to me, is that I can’t sign a contract because I’m not ‘real’. I have no SSN or birth certificate or identification of any kind. This matters to me because when I publish my book, I can’t do so as me, only as a ‘pen name’ of Brian’s.
Should this even bother me? Why is this so important to me?
It’s been suggested to me that I could incorporate myself as a business and thus have a EIN for myself, but only someone with a valid TIN can apply for a business. In the state of Florida you can create a fictitious name company or any number of partnerships, but this can only work if I can use the created EIN as my own. I think this could work, but I need to get more information.
I want to do this for me, but not at the expense of the rest of us. It’s not that I mind being part of Brian, after all, the rest of the boys could use his SSN and a pen name with no problem. It’s just when I’m writing I become real, and when I become real I want to live. Maybe this is a foolish dream on my part, but it does mean something to me to have an identity of my own.