Why has tax been withheld from my earnings?

Twenty20 is required by law to withhold certain taxes from your earnings as a contributor. The relevant section of the Contributor Terms says:

18. If required by law, we may deduct or withhold taxes (including withholding tax) in connection with the payment of your earnings to you. If so, we will give you relevant documents that’s required by law about the deduction or withholding (like documentation allowing you to access rebates or credits, or to manage your tax affairs).

As an Australian company, Envato Twenty20 Pty Ltd is required to withhold Australian Royalty Withholding Tax (AU RWT) from earnings paid out to authors located in other countries. The tax rate that applies can vary between 0% and 30%, depending on the tax treaty (if any) between Australia and your country.

If taxes are withheld from your earnings, we will provide you with a relevant document each year to help you manage your tax affairs, for example, to claim a credit on your tax return for the amount withheld.


If your country does not appear in Table 1 (below) then it does not have a tax treaty with Australia and the default withholding tax (WHT) of 30% is applicable.

Table 1. Australian Income Tax Treaties

Name

Country      

Royalty WHT Rate

Argentina

AR

15.0%

Australia

AU

0.0%

Austria

AT

10.0%

Belgium

BE

10.0%

Canada

CA

10.0%

Chile

CL

10.0%

China

CN

10.0%

Czech Republic

CZ

10.0%

Denmark

DK

10.0%

Fiji

FJ

15.0%

Finland

FI

5.0%

France

FR

5.0%

Germany

DE

5.0%

Hungary

HU

10.0%

India

IN

15.0%

Indonesia

ID

15.0%

Ireland

IE

10.0%

Italy

IT

10.0%

Japan

JP

5.0%

Korea, Republic of

KR

15.0%

Malaysia

MY

15.0%

Malta

MT

10.0%

Mexico

MX

10.0%

Netherlands

NL

10.0%

New Zealand

NZ

5.0%

Norway

NO

5.0%

Papua New Guinea

PG

10.0%

Philippines

PH

25.0%

Poland

PL

10.0%

Romania

RO

10.0%

Russian Federation

RU

10.0%

Singapore

SG

10.0%

Slovakia

SK

10.0%

South Africa

ZA

5.0%

Spain

ES

10.0%

Sri Lanka

LK

10.0%

Sweden

SE

10.0%

Switzerland

CH

5.0%

Taiwan, Province of China

TW

12.5%

Thailand

TH

15.0%

Turkey

TR

10.0%

United Kingdom

GB

5.0%

United States

US

5.0%

Vietnam

VN

10.0%

 

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