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Forced to change currencies?

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1:05 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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When I logged in to AdSense to update my tax info, I got a message about updated terms of service. Since I live in Japan, it was in Japanese, but I couldn't find an English version. Without thinking too much, I clicked "accept".

Now, my currency is in Japanese yen, and they want me to provide a Japanese bank account for payments. They don't allow me to enter any tax info, saying it isn't necessary in "my country" -- but I'm a US citizen living abroad, and I certainly do have to provide tax info. They've had my tax info since 2003.

I tried "moving" to the USA, filling out the form for that, but it was refused, because my currency is Japanese yen. Yeah, a circle.

How on earth does one contact Google to actually say something to someone?


2:01 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

How on earth does one contact Google to actually say something to someone?

If you successfully get the answer to this please let me know since I spent ages e-mailing without a single response.

Fortunately I do not need this for tax purposes, what I wanted was NOT to be paid in Sterling however I had to relent eventually since they forced it upon me, now what happens when I move I have no idea.

IMHO this has been very badly implemented.


4:31 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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saoi_jp, while I would suggest that you contact a tax expert for your situation, income that you earn overseas need not be reported the way you report it in the US. Thus, not having your tax info in Google system is not a problem. Having said that, when you file your US taxes, you should report that income. Also, since US and Japan have tax treaties, make sure that you study all the issues, so that you do not pay taxes in Japan and the US.


11:38 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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skweb, I do have tax advisors to keep me informed. I do report that income, and I'd like to have the relevant documentation from Google to keep in my file should I ever get audited.

The main thing though is that I want the checks in US dollars (they way they have been for years), and I want to change my address to the US, without having to cancel my Google AdSense, AdWords and Affiliate info, reapply, get accepted, then reapply to all the Affiliate merchants, recreate all the AdSense channels and ad types, and redo all of the ads on all of my sites.


5:01 pm on Jan 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Cancel your account and reapply?


12:53 am on Jan 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Or, you should write to them. Believe me, letters will be taken much more seriously than emails which millions of webmasters send every day!

I think you'll have your currency concern heard that way.


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