Be prepared for payments

May 3, 2018

As we prepare to send out our major payments from our education licence fees next month, we want to emphasise the need to provide us with your Australian Business Number (ABN) – if you have one – ahead of time.

From 22 June, we will distribute approximately $52m to members in the annual Schools distribution and an additional $13m in the Universities distribution. These payments are our largest of the year, as we issue royalties for electronic sharing and photocopying of member content in the education sector.

Copyright royalties treated as income by the ATO

Payments from the Copyright Agency are treated as income for tax purposes.

Payments from schools, unis and governments under the education (statutory) licence schemes are not affected by PAYG tax.

But payments under commercial (non-statutory) licensing arrangements can incur Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) tax if you have not provided us with an up-to-date Australian Business Number. This information sheet provides more detail about Tax on Payments from the Copyright Agency.

Provide your ABN and updated bank details for EFT payments

If you are expecting a payment, remember to check that we have your most up-to-date ABN, banking and contact details by logging into your online member account.

Username and password

Your member account username is your email address. If you have forgotten your password, click on ‘Forgotten Password’ and follow the prompts.

Do I need to share my payments?

Depending on the information we have about your work, you might receive 100% of a payment which then would need to be shared with other rightsholders, based on your publishing contract. Find out more.

Do you have questions?

The Copyright Agency has recently launched a new online Help Centre to better support members and licensees across all areas of the business. It hosts a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions on topics including payments and distributions.

The Help Centre also features an online chat function which provides direct contact with Copyright Agency staff in real time.

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