Friday, February 09, 2007

Applying For Google Adsense And Paying The Taxes

by Daniel Davis

Applying for an account with Google Adsense is simple and easy for any interested webmaster. Just direct your browser to http://www.google.com/adsense and click on apply. Click on the drop down menu under account type and select whether you're an individual or business. If you're not sure which one to pick, click on the question mark to the left. After that, select your country or territory.

Under website information, it calls for your primary URL. If you have your own domain, list it here. If you are using a blogging site such as http://writingup.com or http://blogspot.com that address goes here.

Choose your website's primary language. Google Adsense supports English, Spanish, French, Chinese (simplified), Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, Danish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Polish, Russian, Swedish, and Norwegian.

Select the product you prefer on your pages. Adsense for content means you will have advertising adapted to the content on your pages. For example, if you write about flooring, you might have carpet ads on your page. Adsense for search is for you to put in a Google search box to your pages. To maximize your Google Adsense earnings, you would need to have both.

After that, it's just the standard contact information and you're all set. You should receive an email in two or three days notifying you if your application is approved.

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Earnings From Google Adsense?

Google Adsense is obligated to obtain tax information from those who participate in the program. If you're a business, you'll have to put your EIN number on your application. If you're an individual, you'll just need your social security number. If you don't have that information handy when you initially sign up, you may still apply for the Google Adsense program. But, be aware that Google Adsense will withhold payments to you until they get your tax information.

While Google does not withhold taxes or offer any tax advice, they will send you a 1099 form once your earnings reach a specific amount. Of course, if you are a non-US business and have no activity in the United States, you will not be required to provide this information. For additional tax information regarding the Google Adsense program, visit the Google Adsense Support site. For other tax-related questions or issues, you can log onto http://www.irs.gov.

About the Author

Daniel Davis contributes articles to several popular online magazines, on home business solutions and business and technology subjects.

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