As if YouTubers from outside of the United States were not facing enough challenges as it is, they will soon have one more thing to worry about. That’s because YouTube has recently announced its decision to start deducing taxes from US earnings of all non-US content creators.
The video streaming platform says that it is required by Chapter 3 of the US Internal Revenue Code to collect tax information from all creators outside of the US.
“Over the next few weeks, we’ll be asking you to submit your tax info in AdSense to determine the correct amount of taxes to deduct, if any apply,” explained Google in an email sent to affected YouTubers. “If your tax info isn’t provided by May 31st, 2021, Google may be required to deduct up to 24 percent of your total earnings worldwide.”
In practice, this means that a content creator earning $1,000 from YouTube every month would lose $2,880 each year by choosing not to submit their tax information. If the same YouTube submitted their tax information, only their US earnings would be taxed, so the annual figure would most likely be significantly lower.
Calculating just how much lower it would really be is fairly easy:
- Log in to your YouTube account and go to YouTube Analytics > Advanced Mode.
- Select a date range in the top-right corner of the analytics page.
- Click the Geography button in the main menu bar and select the United States.
You should now be able to see how much of your total YouTube revenue will be subject to US taxes.
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YouTube gives content creators until May 31st, 2021 to submit their tax information, and the company is planning to start deducing taxes on US earnings as early as June. To avoid missing the deadline, you can update your AdSense account right now:
- Log in to your AdSense account.
- Navigate to Payments > Manage Settings.
- Click Manage Tax Info under United States tax info.
UAE Comes Out Strongly In Guinness World Records 2023
Guinness, the renowned cataloger of record-breaking events, has released its latest annual, after sifting through 40,000 applications — and the Arab world is heavily featured.
Guinness World Records, the authority on record-breaking global achievements, has just announced its latest release, “Guinness World Records 2023 (GWR2023),” which will be available online and in physical stores across the Arab region from today.
As usual, GWR 2023 features all of the latest achievements from around the world (and space!), with special features and updated graphics to bring the stories to life.
So why the interest in the latest Guinness installment? Well, it turns out the Arab Region is strongly represented in the book, with more than 50 records featured in the new edition, which is no mean feat considering the volume of competition.
“We’ve sifted through nearly 40,000 record applications over the past year to bring you Guinness World Records 2023. People from all walks of life continue to be fascinated by extremes, and we’ve received claims from across the planet – indeed, even from space! This is why I’ve said the new edition is out of this world,” says Craig Glenday, Guinness Editor in Chief.
Of interest to readers of this platform, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates both get to flex their record-breaking muscles.
Saudi Arabia claims the title of “Largest LED Structure and Suspended Ornament” courtesy of the Noor Riyadh Festival, as well as other weird and wonderful titles, including the “Largest Lego Formula 1 Car”, as well as perhaps more prestigious honors, such as “Largest Mirrored Building”, “Largest Clock Face”, “Tallest Lighthouse” and the “Largest Geodesic Dome”.
Not to be outdone, the UAE has claimed several humanitarian record-breaking titles, including the “Longest Video Livestream” (by The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and pan Arab influencer Hassan Suleiman), the “Largest Donation for Medical Treatment”, and the “Most Awareness Ribbons Made in One Hour”.
On the tech front, the UAE also claims several prestigious firsts, including “First 3D-Printed Laboratory”, while the world-renowned Burj Khalifa hangs on to its title of “World’s Tallest Building”.