YouTube taxes for non-US creators

In the March 2021, Google notified YouTube Partners (monetized YouTubers) that as soon as in June 2021 it can start taxing even creators outside US.

Google may start withholding taxes even for non-US YouTube creators. Here is what you can read on Google's support page.

Google may begin withholding U.S. taxes on earnings you generate from viewers in the U.S. as early as June 2021. Please submit your U.S. tax info in AdSense as soon as possible. If your tax info isn’t provided by May 31, 2021, Google may be required to deduct up to 24% of your total earnings worldwide. If you’re a creator in the U.S., you may have already submitted your tax info. Check your tax info in your AdSense account to be sure.

In other words, if you ignore this notification, and don't submit a tax info document - even if you are not based in US - you may see additional taxation for your YouTube channel.

How to submit your tax info in AdSense?

Log in to your YouTube studio - you should see a notification bar in the top with the tax info. Click on that banner.

Important, you need to submit your tax document not in YouTube itself, but in a linked AdSense account.

  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.

If no tax info is provided

If no U.S. tax info is provided, Google may be required to withhold using the maximum tax rate. Your tax rate will depend on your AdSense account type and country:

  • Business account type: the default withholding rate will be 30% of U.S. earnings if the payee is outside of the U.S. Businesses in the U.S. will be subject to 24% withholding on total earnings worldwide.
  • Individual account type: backup withholding will apply and 24% of total earnings worldwide will be withheld.