What is tax withholding and what countries does that apply to with CD Baby Pro Publishing?

The US has agreements in place with certain countries that requires withholding taxes to be paid to the US government from income paid out by US businesses - like CD Baby Pro Publishing - to foreign residents.These tax rates for “Copyright Income” are determined via country-to-country treaties between the US government and other nations, and range from 0% to 30%.

For the following countries, we are required by the US government to withhold taxes for income generated through your musical copyrights. We have listed the tax withholding rates for each of these countries. If you reside in one of these countries, the money you would get from CD Baby Publishing would already have these taxes deducted. There is nothing more that you need to do in terms of payments to the US government. Please consult a tax advisor about your country’s procedures relating to your publishing income and your personal tax questions.

COUNTRY/TERRITORY Performing Rights Organization (PRO) Withholding Tax
Australia APRA 5%
Brazil All Brazilian Societies
Canary Islands SGAE 5%
Fiji APRA 30%
Israel ACUM 10%
Mexico SACM 10%
New Zealand APRA 5%
Portugal SPA 10%
Singapore COMPASS 30%
Spain SGAE 5%


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