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.
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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?"
- Website pay.google.com call
- then click on the corresponding issue or debit
- 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.
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
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 will probably be more difficult for a self-employed person to show with the invoice what you are paying for in detail, since the service description is either “YouTube” or “Google Play Apps”. But in the transaction details you can also make a printout from the website by right-clicking, so that these details, which are also related to the same service date and the amounts, are displayed, so I also think that this is for a self-employed person for the tax office should be sufficiently documented. It might be more difficult, however, to run an invoice which is more likely to concern pure private pleasure than a business expense that should withstand a tax audit by a younger Internet-savvy tax officer.
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 acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the 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 to current bugs.