Author fee and tax


Hello, I have a question about author fee and tax. I sell item for 12 $ and I got form this price 1.70 $. Why :anguished: ?


$12.00 - $2.00 = $10.00 (your gross income)
$10.00 * 0.55 = $5.50 (author fee)
$10.00 * 0.28 = $2.80 (US backup withholding tax)
$10.00 - $5.50 - $2.80 = $1.70 (your earnings)


All of these are required or I can expect something ?


Why do we have to pay tax in a country we’re not living in! It’s not like we’re using their free goverment services! This is bullshit!


Many countries around the globe have withholding tax on payments to non-residents
see :
most of them on revenues of a royalties/copyrights, so does the USA.

Envato decided to become a US registered company and therefore income of non-resident at the source (Envato USA Inc.) is subject to US withholding tax. If Envato starting a business in another country, then the withholding tax of that country would be charged.


If you want to sell here, you have these options:

  1. provide Envato no taxpayer infos about you (no W-8 form submitted)
    28% US Backup Withholding tax on all your sales

  2. submit the W-8 form to make clear you are not a US citizen
    30% US Royalty Withholding tax on US sales only

  3. submit the W-8 form + your national tax id as foreign tax id
    0-30% US Royalty Withholding tax on US sales only
    the tax rate depends on whether your country has a tax treaty with the USA
    List of countries with US tax treaty

Author fee and Buyer fee are always deducted, these are Envato’s income on a sale.