Paying taxes is something you’ll inevitably have to face and as a self-employed content creator, they can be tricky. No one wants to learn about taxes; it can be stressful, overwhelming, and just downright boring to read through. Our job here is to break taxes down into simple and digestible pieces (yum!). This course will equip you with the foundation of tackling tricky taxes so you can have one less thing to worry about. Hopefully, you aren’t starting this course on April 14th but if you are, we’re here to make your day less stressful!

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Taxes as a content creator are substantially different than if you work a job that takes out taxes from each paycheck. You may notice you get your Twitch payouts without any taxes being taken out. Now, this does not mean you are just exempt from taxes because you are a content creator. You more than likely do still have to pay them; it just works differently. Let’s get you started with learning tax basics so you don’t get in trouble with the government. The 1099 You are not a standard employee of Twitch so you don’t get paid like normal. You are an independent contractor and will receive a 1099 for your tax filings. You are basically considered self-employed in this situation and don’t get taxes taken out from each paycheck. Instead, you claim your earnings during tax season (typically you get your tax documents for this in January) and...

While taxes as a content creator can be confusing, there’s plenty of information and resources out there for you to access to help you through the headache of tax season. These are all meant to ensure that you get the maximum allowable refund, or reduce the amount you owe to the IRS or state government, depending on your tax bracket. Self-Guided Resources As a Twitch streamer, the first place to look for information on taxes is from Twitch itself. There are a number of steps required to properly receive your tax information from Twitch, or to find your tax documents once you’ve submitted everything. To help out all of its creators, Twitch has a FAQ page detailing all of this information. If this is your first year making money from (and therefore filing taxes because of) Twitch, check their page to get started. Similarly, YouTube has its own set of...

Filing taxes as a content creator can be overwhelming with so many forms and documents to keep track of and fill out. What do you really need when filing your taxes, though? What forms are necessary to file correctly? We’ve got a basic breakdown for you. The 1040, Schedule C, & Schedule SE Forms The form most creators will need to fill out is the 1040. This is the federal, US, individual tax form, and is used when filing your annual taxes. This form is used to report your income and deductions, and is used to determine how much money you’ll owe the government or be receiving as a refund. This form is meant to handle multiple income sources, as well as more complicated tax situations of independent contractors (which includes streamers!). You can learn more about and download the 1040 form from the IRS website. There’s also the Schedule...

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