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I appreciate any help anyone can give me with this. I believe many other people are facing the same problem so this question could act as a reference point for them.

I am trying to fill my tax information on Google play console but they their form uses some very hard to understand language for someone that doesn't have a background in this sort of thing.

My scenario is that I have a company in Romania and I am a resident of Greece. I have only published one app in Play store (as my company) that sells subscriptions to users so that they can use the app. It also shows ads using AdMob. I selected the W-8BEN-E form (I hope that was the correct option for my case. Please confirm if you know.)

First question

In the following part my understanding is that I should select No and check the checkbox below but before I do that I wanted to ask the community about it to confirm that this is what I should do. Google support is completely useless. They just tell me to hire a tax expert in the US which 1) I don't even know how to do and 2) It would cost me at least 500$ just for a couple of simple questions which I can't invest at this time.

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Second question is about the Tax treaty.

  1. Is this relevant to my case since I only have revenue through subscriptions and AdMob?
  2. It asks "Resident of country claiming treaty with the US". The "Resident" part refers to my company not me personally right?

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So, I am already 8 months late to answer this. But I had created a new account to help you, hope it helps anyone who is looking for a similar kind of thing.

Yes if you are registering as a Registered Business on the Play console, then you have to submit that W-8BEN-E form. (Note: W-8BEN is for an Individual)

First Question, yes you should check NO, in the first question you have asked.

(Explanation for why you should check NO: Because you are not operating in the USA. If you have an office, or your company has any operations going on in USA, then you should tick yes. But as you mentioned in the question, your company is based and working in Romania and operating from there, then NO is the appropriate answer).

Second Question, Definitely yes, the Tax treaty is relevant. Income from ads or IAP or subscriptions is tax-deductible at 30% withholding of your income by the USA tax authority. If you don't use the Tax treaty, you will be Double Taxed in the USA and then in your resident country.

Yes, the Resident is your company. When you register your business officially as Company/LLP/Partnership, now you both are two different legal entities. So, as you are submitting W-8BEN-E, you have to submit the country of your Company's residence (Not you), that is Romania in your case. Do read the legal requirement of a Company being a Resident of a Country, every Country have its own laws, so just make it sure. As I am from India, your law might differ.

Disclaimer: I had tried to explain whatever I knew, I am not a Legal or Tax consultant. I am also a developer publishing games on Playstore. Learned through my experience and readings.

You can ask if you have any doubt.

Thank you,

Trishader Games

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  • @Flux It was not a spam link. It was simply a signature link from a new user who didn’t know yet that we don’t do signature links here.
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    Okay, I didn't know that signature links are not allowed. Mar 19, 2022 at 14:37
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    I had removed the link, thanks for informing me @Flux and Ben Miller. Please do not remove this answer as it might be helpful for many people. Thanks again. Mar 19, 2022 at 14:42

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