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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.
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?"
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.
In the YouTube Premium invoices you can find all the important data that should be present on an invoice:
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.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.