Author discount, royalties and tax forms


As our royalty team is predominantly working from home we have sent most statements by email again this year, unless previously agreed otherwise.  We have already written to authors to confirm the email address you would like to use for this.  

If you have not received your statement by the end of September please check your spam folder and if you still have not received it please contact [email protected].

Following the successful introduction of the online payment platform called Tipalti to make royalty payments last year, we are aiming to make most of our payments using Tipalti so if you are invited to create an account please be reassured this is not spam. Tipalti is secure and ensures we can make payments to you much more quickly.

Author and contributor discount

Edward Elgar Publishing published authors and contributors receive a 50% discount off all Elgar books purchased for personal use from our website. 

Your personal discount code was sent to you when your book was published. If your book is not yet published or you have lost your code please contact your editor or marketing contact and we will be happy to resend the code to you.

Sales and royalties

Sales information and royalties are reported and paid in September each year and based on net sales made in the 12 month period to June 30th.

After the first few years' royalty statements will only be sent if there are sales recorded. Royalty payments below the threshold specified in your author contract will roll over to the next calendar year. Please do contact your commissioning editor if you would like a sales update.


Receiving your royalty payment through Tipalti

Royalty payments to authors are made through the secure payments platform provided by Tipalti.

New authors will be invited to register with Tipalti and select their preferred payment method and currency when their book is published. Authors will receive a notification when a payment is made and can track payment status through their Tipalti account.

If you would like to verbally verify any emails received about your royalty please call our Cheltenham, UK, office and ask for the accounts department. +44 1242 226 934


Royalty payment method changes

Authors can change their preferred payment method and currency in their Tipalti account using the email address that they registered.

Royalty email address changes

If you provided a specific email address for royalties at time of publication we will use that address for sending your royalty statement and setting up your Tipalti account (see above). If you did not provide a different email address for royalties we will use the email address we have on file for you.

If the email address that you would like us to use for royalties changes it is important that you inform us and specify if you would also like us to use this for general company information.

Avoiding double taxation

To comply with UK tax laws Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd is obliged to deduct income tax at the UK standard rate from royalty earnings. If you are resident outside of the UK for tax purposes you can avoid paying double tax at home and in the UK by completing a Double Taxation Treaty Relief Form and sending it to your local tax authority. You will need to do this well in advance of the royalty payment date to avoid double taxation.

Please see below for a link to the form and further information from HMRCs website:

Please ensure you select the correct form for your specific country. 

Once you have completed the relevant form and submitted it to your tax authority, they will certify it and send it on to the UK tax authorities at HMRC.  HMRC will then approve the form and send us a certificate authorising us to pay the advances and royalties without deducting UK Income Tax. Without this certificate from HMRC we will have to deduct UK income tax from our payments to you.

Edward Elgar Publishing is not permitted to give tax advice and can not advise on how best to complete the form.  You can contact HM Revenue and Customs on +44 135 535 9022 if calling from outside of the UK, or 0300 200 3300 if calling from the UK, or alternatively contact your tax advisor.

If you do not wish to complete this form to avoid double taxation, we would be grateful if you can let us know for our records.