However, it turns out that the hoops aren't so difficult. It was really easy to get the right ID - an Employee Identification Number. It really does take only one phone call to Philadelphia (click for good blog entry on this).
Things that didn't matter when applying for the EIN by phone
- Didn't matter I was sole trader and not a Ltd company
- Didn't need any tax ID number or any other kind of ID
Things I did need
- Full address, which I needed to spell
- Date I started publishing
- Full international phone numner
- Glass of water
Useful to know
- It takes 2 weeks for the EIN to stick!