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YouTube Shorts Expansion, Tax Updates, Upload Checks, and Captions: What You Need to Know | Creator Roundup

Published: May 21, 2021

Latest Updates for YouTube Creators

Welcome to the latest edition of Creator Roundup by TeamYouTube. In our newest update, we’re excited to share a host of fresh features and important news that every content creator should know about. From the YouTube Shorts arrival across the U.S. to critical tax information for international monetizing creators, we’ve got the rundown on what’s new.

YouTube Shorts Arrives Across the U.S.

Creators nationwide can now rejoice as YouTube Shorts enters beta in the U.S. To see if you’ve got access, simply update to the latest version of the YouTube mobile app. Start by tapping the “Create” icon, then select ‘Create a Short’ to begin crafting your own shorts right from your phone. If this feature isn’t available to you yet, you can still participate by uploading vertical videos up to 60 seconds in length and adding #Shorts to their title or description. Keep an eye out for wider access in the near future.

Important Tax Information for International Creators

Creators outside the U.S. who monetize their content must now be aware of potential tax withholdings from their revenues. It is essential for members of the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) to submit accurate tax information through AdSense. This move ensures correct tax deductions. Some countries have tax treaties with the U.S. that might lower withholding rates, and you can learn more about these updates through an informative video.

Pre-Publish Upload Checks

There’s a new “Checks” step when uploading videos on the Studio desktop that can save creators a lot of trouble. This feature reviews your uploads for potential copyright claims and ad suitability issues before your content goes live. This proactive tool means you can resolve any issues up front.

Enhanced Captioning During Upload

We’ve improved the captioning process in Studio desktop by enabling captions to be added and edited during upload within the ‘Video Details’ tab. This update provides instant access to subtitles, improving accessibility and convenience, especially for new creators.

A Safer Platform for Younger Audiences

Parents have new tools to curate a more controlled viewing experience for their children under 13 years old. This supervised mode bridges the gap between regular YouTube and YouTube Kids, allowing age-appropriate access with limited features. It’s a new avenue for creators whose content resonates with families, with no significant immediate impact on channel performance or monetization expected.

We appreciate everyone who’s tuned into this edition of Creator Roundup by TeamYouTube. Make sure to keep these updates in mind as they continue to shape the vibrant YouTube creator community.

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