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Google to deduct 24% tax from YouTubers from June

Submit tax information by May for reduced rates

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 11, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Posted: Mar 11, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Google to deduct 24% tax from YouTubers from June

If you are a YouTuber and your channel is monetized, Google will deduct about a quarter of your earnings, up to 24% to be precise, in withholding tax from June, the parent company of the world’s largest video-sharing website announced Thursday.

Under the US tax laws, YouTube is responsible for collecting tax information from all monetized content creators outside the US, and, in certain cases, deduct taxes where these creators generate income from viewers in the US. These earnings can come from ad views, YouTube premium, Super Chat, Super Stickers and channel memberships.

Google may begin withholding US taxes on earnings that you generate from viewers in the US as early as June 2021, the technology giant said, asking YouTubers to submit their tax forms in AdSense as soon as possible. 

All monetizing creators on YouTube have to comply with it regardless of their location in the world. “If your tax information isn’t provided by May 31, 2021, Google may be required to deduct up to 24% of your total earnings worldwide,” it said.

Those who will submit their tax information by the given deadline will, however, be subject to reduced tax rates if their countries have a double tax treaty with the US (you can check it here), it said without specifying what the lower rate would be.

What you need to do

You shouldn’t worry much if your channel is not monetized, but if it is and you are earning from each of the above revenue streams, you need to submit your tax form in the AdSense by following these steps.

  1. Sign in to your AdSense account.
  2. Click Payments.
  3. Click Manage Settings.
  4. Scroll to ‘Payments Profile’ and click edit  next to ‘United States Tax Info’.
  5. Click Manage Tax Information.
  6. On this page you’ll find a guide that will help you to select the appropriate form for your situation.

If you have more questions, you may be able to find their answers on Google’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page here.

We have some queries about this too, which we have shared with Google. We will add its response when it arrives.

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