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Understanding the New Tax Requirements for Monetizing Creators Outside of the United States

Published: April 30, 2021

Understanding Recent Tax Changes for Non-U.S. Monetizing Creators

Significant tax changes have emerged, affecting monetizing creators located outside of the United States. It is now necessary for such creators to submit their tax information. This may also lead to tax deductions from their earnings generated within the U.S. This blog post provides clarity on these updates and outlines essential steps for creators to remain compliant with the new regulations.

What Are the New Requirements?

Under Chapter 3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Google is obliged to secure tax information from monetizing creators who are not based in the U.S. Additionally, taxes may be withheld on earnings that originate from U.S. audiences, which include revenue streams such as ad views, YouTube Premium, Super Chat, Super Stickers, and channel memberships.

How to Provide Your Tax Information

Creators from outside the U.S. will be prompted to furnish their tax details through AdSense within the forthcoming weeks. You can navigate to this requirement by selecting ‘Payments’ and then ‘Manage Settings’ in AdSense. The tax form, provided in the language you’ve chosen for AdSense, will commonly be Form W-8BEN for individual creators or Form W-8BEN-E for business entities.

Note that this requirement is also applicable to those partnered with multi-channel networks (MCN). Tax information must still be furnished through the AdSense account connected to your channel, irrespective of your MCN payouts.

Navigating Tax Withholding Rates

Tax withholding rates will vary and are influenced by whether you have submitted a valid tax form, the proportion of your revenue that is sourced from U.S. viewers, and whether your home country has a tax treaty with the United States. After filing a valid tax form, the withholding rates—which vary from 0% to 30%—can be reviewed in the AdSense Payments area, contingent upon your country’s treaty with the U.S.

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