TAXES: How does it work on the App Store?

Discussion in 'App Store Business, Legal and Marketing' started by MacNoobGuy, May 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2012
    hey guys, i'm an aussie and was just wondering how taxes work once i've published an app on the app store. i couldn't find much information on apple's website.

    could anyone fill me in? i'd appreciate any help.

  2. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2010
    I'm pretty sure you just consider yourself an independant contractor. Same as if you had any other business.

    You gross income from sales is what Apple gives you.

    There has been a debate about if this counts as royalities or not. I understand that right now it is NOT counted as royalities. Royalities are what they get from music and other works, and apps are very simular so the jury is still out on that one.

    You'd probably treat it the same as if you earned money and got a 1099.

    This assumes ur in the US.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2010
    Aartselaar // Antwerp // Belgium
    Basically, this is an income, and you need to report it to your authorities, so you need to pay tax on it :) (well, it's like this here in Belgium.)
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2012
    ok thanks i'm an aussie if that makes a difference.
  5. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Regardless of if you find any information online, you should probably seek a tax consultant in your local area.

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