Streamline Your Twitch Tax

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Tax Services for Twitch TV Streamer Income

Every day, over 4 million broadcasters produce live streaming content on Twitch. If you’re one of them, any income you earn is subject to taxation here in Australia. Even if you feel you’re just having some fun, the ATO may classify your channel as a business, and they’ll expect their slice of the pie come tax time.

If you’re making money from Twitch, YouTube, or any other streaming service for creators (e.g. Patreon, OnlyFans & Social Media Influencers), it’s a good idea to speak with a tax agent to ensure you’re meeting your obligations with the ATO.

Do Twitch Streamers
Pay Taxes?

Yes they certainly do, just like YouTubers or any other online content creators. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you’re not sitting in an office, you’re not running a business.

Have you developed a logo or branding for your channel?

Is your ultimate goal to stream full-time?

Do you stream regularly and remind your followers when you’ll be online?

Do you promote on social media to increase viewers?


Bits are virtual tokens that give viewers the ability to encourage and show support for streamers. Viewers that use bits to cheer a streamer earn chat badges that get them more recognition.


Viewers donate money to streamers they like and want to support. This is done through a ‘donate’ button on your channel.


Viewers can subscribe to channels they love, with subscriptions unlocking extra perks such as exclusive chat rooms and merchandise discounts. Twitch affiliates get a cut of subscription fees, which start at $4.99 and go up to $24.99 a month.

Merchandise and Game Sales

You can create your own T-shirts, mugs, and merch for your channel and sell it through Twitch. For gamers, viewers can purchase the game they’re watching you play directly from your channel. This gives you a 5% commission on the sale.

Brand Partnerships

Get enough viewers and subscribers to your Twitch channel, and chances are companies will start to approach you for a partnership deal.

Forms of Income on Twitch

What Expenses Can I Deduct?

Anything you purchase specifically for the running of your Twitch channel may be deducted as a business expense. This could include things like –

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Explore our FAQ section to find answers to common questions. If you don’t see what your looking for please get in touch.

Even though you can receive donations through Twitch, you are not running a registered Charity and legally cannot accept charity donations. Your donations are actually payment for a service or goods, which is income. Income is taxable.

Most Twitch channels are accessible by the ATO because they exist as a profit-making enterprise, they receive regular payments, and the channel owner conducts business-related operations to run the channel.

You need to report on your Twitch net income or loss just as you would with any other business or employment. Being an affiliate for Twitch is like being a contractor for a business. They don’t pay tax on your behalf, nor do they keep records for you beyond your payout figures. It’s up to you to keep records, declare your income, and pay your taxes.

If Twitch is your ‘side hustle’ and you work a full-time job, you’ll still have to pay tax on that too. When you lodge your tax return, both streams of income get joined together and taxed at your marginal income tax rate.

If you’re intending to run your channel as a business, it’s a good idea to get an ABN. If you want to register your business, you must get one.

However, you’re not required to get an ABN if you earn less than $75,000 a year from your business. But without an ABN, you cannot claim GST back from the business-related purchases you make.

Let Us Help You Prepare Your Twitch Tax Return

If you choose to file your tax return yourself, it can be filed with the ATO through your myGov account. Alternatively, get in touch and take the stress out of tax time.