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Google AdSense & YouTube Publisher Tax Guide


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If you’re a Google AdSense publisher, here’s when you’ll get your 1099 and what you need to do to file your taxes and claim deductions.

Are earnings from Google AdSense taxable?

Yes, income from any source is taxable under the Internal Revenue Code. This includes your revenue from Google AdSense or any other online advertising platforms you use to monetize your website.

How are Google AdSense earnings taxed?

Your ad revenue is business income. Even if your website is small, you’re still in the business of selling paid advertisements.

You’ll owe income tax, self-employment tax, and Medicare tax on Google AdSense earnings depending on your total income and tax bracket.

Does Google AdSense send a 1099?

Yes, you will receive a 1099 from Google AdSense if you earn $600 or more in a year. They will also send a copy to the Internal Revenue Service.

Your 1099-NEC will come from XXVI Holdings Inc. This is a holding company Google uses to operate AdSense. The business address is 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043. The Payer’s TIN is 82-2182297.

Keep in mind that earning less than $600 and not receiving a 1099 does not exempt you from taxes. If you’re required to file a tax return, you must report every dollar of AdSense income you earned.

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