Somehow every service provider on the Internet seems to have its own technology to hide account statements and invoices from customers. It's not much different with Google or YouTube. I booked YouTube Premium a few months ago - and so far I haven't regretted it.

But today I had to look for an invoice for a payment for the accounting department and I'm almost desperate. I was already so far that I wrote “Private” on the account statement so that the payment is booked as a private expense.

Instructions: Download the YouTube Premium invoice

Yes, there is a way to get a proper invoice with a recognized sales tax. I found this one here in the forum of google under the headline "As a self-employed person, where can I get a correct YouTube Premium invoice?"

  1. Website pay.google.com call
  2. Login
  3. then click on the corresponding issue or debit
  4. there "Download invoice with declared sales tax"

Now you either have the invoice as a PDF on your computer or it is displayed directly in the browser and can also be printed out there.

All receipts can be found at pay.google.com - including those for YouTube's premium service.

All receipts can be found at pay.google.com - including those for YouTube's premium service.

Legal information on the invoice

In the YouTube Premium invoices you can find all the important data that should be present on an invoice:

  • The invoice is addressed to the payee specified in the account registration
  • Date of invoice
  • bill number
  • invoice recipient
  • Invoice Creator (Google Commerce Ltd from Dublin)
  • Invoice issuer's VAT ID number
  • Identification of German VAT with 19%
  • The place of performance for this digital order is Germany
This is what it looks like, the holy YouTube Premium bill that you can hardly find if you don't know where to look ...

This is what it looks like, the holy YouTube Premium bill that you can hardly find if you don't know where to look ...

YouTube Premium actually tax deductible?

The commentator, who also wrote instructions for the calculation of invoices, had left another note aimed at the fact that a tax audit might raise doubts as to whether YouTube Premium is actually a business issue.

Here is the exact wording of his comment:

The only thing that is probably more difficult for a self-employed person is to show what you are paying for in detail with the invoice, since the service description is either "YouTube" or "Google Play Apps". But in the transaction details you can also make a printout of the website by right-clicking, so that these details are displayed with a reference with the same performance date and the amounts, so that I also believe that this is for a self-employed person the tax office should be sufficiently documentable. It is likely to be more difficult, however, that an invoice which is more likely to relate to pure private pleasure than a business expense that is supposed to withstand a tax audit by a younger, internet-savvy tax official.

I think in my case I shouldn't have a problem with that. I have to watch a lot of videos for my blog and it's understandable that I prefer to save the time for all the advertising and work more for it.

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