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YouTube To Start Deducting Taxes From Non-US Content Creators

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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:

  1. Log in to your YouTube account and go to YouTube Analytics > Advanced Mode.
  2. Select a date range in the top-right corner of the analytics page.
  3. 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:

  1. Log in to your AdSense account.
  2. Navigate to Payments > Manage Settings.
  3. Click Manage Tax Info under United States tax info.

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Facebook Will Create 10,000 Jobs In The EU To Build Its Metaverse

Facebook decided to invest in the EU because the company believes that European talent is world-leading, supported by first-class universities.

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Facebook has announced that it wants to create 10,000 jobs in the European Union (EU) to build its metaverse, a virtual reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.

The concept of the metaverse can be traced to Neal Stephenson’s 1992 cyberpunk novel Snow Crash. In the novel, the metaverse is a virtual shared space that appears to its users as an urban environment. This space is accessed through personal terminals connected to virtual reality goggles.

Sound familiar? That’s because the metaverse is quickly becoming a reality thanks to companies like Oculus, a subsidiary of Facebook, and the combined effort of developers and content creators from around the world.

By creating thousands of new high-skilled jobs within the EU over the next five years, Facebook wants to accelerate the development of the metaverse to usher in a new phase of interconnected virtual experiences, enabled by technologies like virtual and augmented reality.

“At its heart is the idea that by creating a greater sense of ‘virtual presence,’ interacting online can become much closer to the experience of interacting in person,” said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs. “The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social and economic opportunities”.

According to the official announcement, Facebook decided to invest in the EU because the company believes that European talent is world-leading, supported by first-class universities. Facebook also mentioned the role European policymakers are playing in shaping the internet, so it’s likely that the investment has a political dimension to it.

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Aware of its tarnished reputation, the social media giant stressed that no single company would own and operate the metaverse — just like no single company owns the internet today. Of course, that doesn’t change anything about the fact that Facebook wants to play a huge role in it.

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg told his employees that Facebook is becoming a metaverse company with the goal of building a set of connected social apps and supporting hardware. The recently released Horizon Workrooms remote collaboration app for the Oculus Quest 2 headset can be seen as an early piece of the much larger puzzle the metaverse will become in the future.

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