Enter merchant tax information

To get timely merchant payouts from Google, make sure that you enter the tax information below to your payments profile.

You must submit the Certificate of Foreign Status form (W-8BEN) to the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Social Security Number (SSN)

If you’re an individual or sole proprietor and file your tax return using your Social Security Number (SSN), you must use it when you update your payments profile. It’s important that our merchant account records match what you have on file with the IRS. Note: You have a limited number of attempts to provide the correct information.​

Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Corporations, partnerships, or limited liability company (LLCs) must provide the federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) and business name in their payments profile so they match the information we give to the IRS.

Legal business name

In your payments profile, enter the exact business name that you registered with the IRS.
  • Individuals and sole proprietors: Enter your legal first and last name.
  • Corporations, partnerships, and LLCs: Enter the full company name.

Enter or change your tax information

To enter or change your tax information, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the payments profile.
  2. Click Settings.
  1. Find "Payments profile" then find "[your country] tax info" and click EditEdit.
  2. To enter or edit your tax info, click Add tax info or Update tax info.
  3. To submit the W-9 to the IRS from within your payments profile, answer the questions, then fill out the W-9 form and click Submit.
    Answer the questions and click Submit to submit the Certificate of Foreign Status (W-8BEN) to the IRS from within your payments profile.
  4. Click Save.

We must file Form 1099-K for Google Play developers who make more than US$20,000 in gross sales and have more than 200 payment transactions a year.

If you received fewer than $20K and still received a 1099-K

Google provides a 1099-K form for each unique tax identification number (TIN), such as a Social Security Number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN), that meets the IRS processing threshold. If you received a 1099-K but didn't expect to, it might be because:

  • You have 2 accounts with the same TIN. One meets the IRS threshold and one doesn't. Combined, the income meets the 1099-K threshold.
  • You have 2 accounts with the same TIN. Neither are over the IRS threshold individually but, when combined, the threshold is met.
  • Your business is based in Massachusetts or Vermont.

Massachusetts and Vermont Accounts

Massachusetts and Vermont changed their 1099-K requirements for the 2018 tax year. Google will provide a 1099-K form to accounts based in Massachusetts or Vermont that have US$600 or more in total gross volume. All 1099-Ks that meet the IRS reporting threshold of US$20,000 in total gross volume and 200 charges will be filed with the IRS. Any 1099-Ks with gross amounts below the IRS’s $20,000 threshold, that were delivered due to the change in state requirements, will only be filed with Massachusetts and Vermont.

Request year-end tax forms

To request a copy, submit a revision, or void a year-end tax form, submit a year-end tax form request.
We don't accept year-end tax form requests for the most recently completed tax year before certain dates:
  • US-based (1099-MISC or 1099-K): Submit on or after February 5 of the current year.
  • Non-US-based (1042-S): Submit on or after March 15 of the current year.
You can request revisions or copies of year-end tax forms for historical years at any time by submitting a year-end tax form request.

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