Google will soon be required to withhold taxes on YouTube earnings generated from viewers in the United States.
This change is going into effect as early as June. How much tax is withheld from YouTube creators depends on a few factors.
If you live outside the United States and have a revenue-earning YouTube channel with a US-based audience, this applies to you.
Here’s everything we know about the situation so far.
If you’re a YouTube creator outside of the United States you may begin to have taxes deducted from your US earnings later this year.
Google says it has a responsibility under Chapter 3 of the US Internal Revenue Code to collect tax information from all monetizing creators outside of the United States.
In certain circumstances, Google will also be required to deduct taxes when YouTube creators’ earnings come from viewers in the United States.
YouTube creators can be taxed on US earnings from ad views, YouTube Premium, Super Chat, Super Stickers, and channel memberships.
What Will Creators Need to Do?
Over the next few weeks, YouTube creators outside the United States will be asked to submit their tax information in AdSense.
Here’s how to find that information:
- Login to AdSense
- Gå till Betalningar
- Gå till Manage Settings
- Look for United States tax info, then click Manage Tax Info
From there creators will be asked a series of questions to determine the appropriate tax form to fill out. This form will be available in the creator’s selected AdSense language.
Channels that partner with a multichannel network (MCN) will still need to provide US tax information in the AdSense account linked to their channel. If any taxes apply they will be deducted from the payment made to the MCN.
Google is asking YouTube creators to submit relevant tax information in AdSense by May 31, 2021.
Tax information is required in order for Google to determine the correct amount of taxes to deduct, if any apply.
Google will start deducing taxes on US earnings as early as June. Taxes will be deducted from with each monthly payment.
How Much Will Creators Be Taxed?
How much YouTube creators will be taxed depends on a few things:
- Whether their tax information has been submitted.
- How much revenue the channel earns from viewers in the United States.
- Whether the creator’s country has a tax treaty with the United States.
It’s possible that a non-US YouTube creator will not be taxed by Google if none of their viewers live in the United States.
Here’s to calculate US earnings from YouTube:
- Gå till YouTube Analytics
- Klicka på Advanced Mode
- Select a date range
- Klicka på Geography
- A drop-down menu will allow you to add a secondary metric. Choose Your estimated revenue.
- Look for Förenta staterna in the list of countries below the graph.
There you can see how much revenue is subject to US taxes.
What Happens if I Don’t Submit Tax Information?
If a creator’s tax information isn’t provided by May 31, Google may be required to apply the default withholding rate of up to 24% of their total earnings worldwide.
Without providing tax information Google will be required to assume the creator is a resident of the United States and will tax Allt their earnings. Not just revenue earned from US viewers.
That’s a situation YouTube creators are going to want to avoid, so it’s best to get that tax information submitted sooner than later.
What if I’m a Resident of the United States?
Google says most YouTube creators in the United States have submitted their tax information because they’re required to do so when they first joined the YouTube Partnership Program.
No additional taxes will be withheld from creators in the United States when this change rolls out.
For more information see this YouTube help article.
Google ska betala $391,5 miljoner för uppgörelse över platsspårning, säger statliga AG:er
Google has agreed to pay a $391.5 million settlement to 40 states to resolve accusations that it tracked people’s locations in violation of state laws, including snooping on consumers’ whereabouts even after they told the tech behemoth to bug off.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said it is time for Big Tech to recognize state laws that limit data collection efforts.
“I have been ringing the alarm bell on big tech for years, and this is why,” Mr. Landry, a Republican, said in a statement Monday. “Citizens must be able to make informed decisions about what information they release to big tech.”
The attorneys general said the investigation resulted in the largest-ever multistate privacy settlement. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, a Democrat, said Google’s penalty is a “historic win for consumers.”
“Location data is among the most sensitive and valuable personal information Google collects, and there are so many reasons why a consumer may opt out of tracking,” Mr. Tong said. “Our investigation found that Google continued to collect this personal information even after consumers told them not to. That is an unacceptable invasion of consumer privacy, and a violation of state law.”
Location tracking can help tech companies sell digital ads to marketers looking to connect with consumers within their vicinity. It’s another tool in a data-gathering toolkit that generates more than $200 billion in annual ad revenue for Google, accounting for most of the profits pouring into the coffers of its corporate parent, Alphabet, which has a market value of $1.2 trillion.
The settlement is part of a series of legal challenges to Big Tech in the U.S. and around the world, which include consumer protection and antitrust lawsuits.
Though Google, based in Mountain View, California, said it fixed the problems several years ago, the company’s critics remained skeptical. State attorneys general who also have tussled with Google have questioned whether the tech company will follow through on its commitments.
The states aren’t dialing back their scrutiny of Google’s empire.
Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was filing a lawsuit over reports that Google unlawfully collected millions of Texans’ biometric data such as “voiceprints and records of face geometry.”
The states began investigating Google’s location tracking after The Associated Press reported in 2018 that Android devices and iPhones were storing location data despite the activation of privacy settings intended to prevent the company from following along.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich went after the company in May 2020. The state’s lawsuit charged that the company had defrauded its users by misleading them into believing they could keep their whereabouts private by turning off location tracking in the settings of their software.
Arizona settled its case with Google for $85 million last month. By then, attorneys general in several other states and the District of Columbia had pounced with their own lawsuits seeking to hold Google accountable.
Along with the hefty penalty, the state attorneys general said, Google must not hide key information about location tracking, must give users detailed information about the types of location tracking information Google collects, and must show additional information to people when users turn location-related account settings to “off.”
States will receive differing sums from the settlement. Mr. Landry’s office said Louisiana would receive more than $12.7 million, and Mr. Tong’s office said Connecticut would collect more than $6.5 million.
The financial penalty will not cripple Google’s business. The company raked in $69 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2022, according to reports, yielding about $13.9 billion in profit.
Google downplayed its location-tracking tools Monday and said it changed the products at issue long ago.
“Consistent with improvements we’ve made in recent years, we have settled this investigation which was based on outdated product policies that we changed years ago,” Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said in a statement.
Google product managers Marlo McGriff and David Monsees defended their company’s Search and Maps products’ usage of location information.
“Location information lets us offer you a more helpful experience when you use our products,” the two men wrote on Google’s blog. “From Google Maps’ driving directions that show you how to avoid traffic to Google Search surfacing local restaurants and letting you know how busy they are, location information helps connect experiences across Google to what’s most relevant and useful.”
The blog post touted transparency tools and auto-delete controls that Google has developed in recent years and said the private browsing Incognito mode prevents Google Maps from saving an account’s search history.
Mr. McGriff and Mr. Monsees said Google would make changes to its products as part of the settlement. The changes include simplifying the process for deleting location data, updating the method to set up an account and revamping information hubs.
“We’ll provide a new control that allows users to easily turn off their Location History and Web & App Activity settings and delete their past data in one simple flow,” Mr. McGriff and Mr. Monsees wrote. “We’ll also continue deleting Location History data for users who have not recently contributed new Location History data to their account.”
• This article is based in part on wire service reports.
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