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Two Accounts, One for You, One for Your Business

Anyone in this situation?



4:30 pm on Apr 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I suppose this is a write-Adsense-and-ask situation, but I was just curious if anyone had two accounts for two different tax IDs/SSNs. I've had Adsense in my own name for more than two years, but now I've got a business and want to use Adsense on that site. However, I'd like to keep all the earnings/expenses for my business seperate, and it'd just be a lot easier to give it its own Adsense account. Since it's a one-person business, though, the end result would be me having two Adsense accounts. Ok? Not Ok? Thoughts?

Is anyone else doing something similar?


3:41 am on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Interesting question.

I also have a business, but did not open a new account.

hmmm... what are the advantages? Why do you need two accounts if your business is "one person business"?


12:00 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Based on my experiences, it is okay... but always best to verify for yourself.


12:32 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have a personal account and a business account. My personal account uses my social security number as id, and my business account uses my EIN number. My business includes a partner and is in the form of an LLC, so it's definitely a different entity.


1:48 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Even i have the same doubt. I want to open a seperate account on my company name.


3:03 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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as said .... "if it's definitely a different entity". If its a sole proprietorship, then I wouldn't. But I think the line is clear with Inc, LLC, etc.


5:12 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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>>as said .... "if it's definitely a different entity". If its a sole proprietorship, then I wouldn't. But I think the line is clear with Inc, LLC, etc.

Slightly off topic here, but forming an LLC is not all that difficult, expensive (I did it for less than $200 - and the expense is tax deductible) and has some advantages.

If you serious about this being a business, it's probably the right thing to do.


11:41 pm on Apr 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the comments, all. Yes, it's an LLC, and I want to keep the earnings separate for tax reasons. I'll write to Adsense and ask for sure before applying for the account.


12:57 am on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well, if you all do it, then I will do it too. As long as it's legitimate.


3:00 am on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Teshka, does your business have more than 20 employees? Who should apply for Business account, here is what Google says:

Am I a Business or Individual account?

Generally, if you are a business with 20 or more employees, you should apply as a Business account. Individual publishers, or businesses with less than 20 employees, should sign up as an Individual account.

There's no difference in the services or payment structure between Individual and Business accounts. Business account payments will be made payable to the Company Name, while Individual accounts are paid out to the Payee Name of the account holder.

Should you ever need to select a new account type, our specialists will work with you to close your current account and to open a new account with your updated information.


4:02 am on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I disagree with google period.

If you have formed a corporation, no matter how many employees, you should file as a business. As a corporation we are pretty much required to have an EIN whether we have any employees or not.

I have multiple google accounts now. I did not ask google for "permission". Each account is for a different corporation and such they are their own identities. The IRS requires this as each must report their earnings separately. I would care more about what the IRS thinks rather than what google thinks.

Google has not questioned me on it. If they want more documentation they are welcome to it, but I think they understand.

Besides how many employees I have is none of google's business.


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