OnlyFans Taxes for Canadians

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Have you wondered how OnlyFans taxes for Canadians work? If you’ve joined OnlyFans as a performer and have started to earn an income, you’ll need to pay your fair share of taxes. To be clear, it doesn’t matter if you’ve earned $10 or $100,000 on the site, any income earned is considered self-employment income and needs to be reported to the Canada Revenue Agency. Also, the CRA does not care what your profession is. They just want you to pay your taxes.

The good news is that OnlyFans taxes for Canadians is quite simple, and you can file on your own to keep things low key. Another positive thing about being self-employed is that you can write off some of your expenses, which may reduce the amount of taxes you owe. Here’s everything you need to know about filing your taxes as an OnlyFans performer.

Understanding your payments

Canadian content creators should be getting 80% of their revenue from OnlyFans. The 20% that’s held is their fee. When it comes time to file your taxes, you should technically be claiming the full 100%, but the 20% fee could be claimed on Line 8871 – Management and administration fees.

For example, let’s say you earned US $10,000 in the previous year and OnlyFans took their standard 20% cut which is US $2,000. You’d be able to claim that $2,000 as an expense.

That said, I’m guessing that if you just claimed the 80% as your gross income, the CRA isn’t going to put up a stink. For disclosure purposes, I’m not an accountant, so you should refer to one if you want a definite answer.

OnlyFans is based in the United Kingdom and they have a tax treaty with Canada. That means you don’t need to pay them any taxes as long as you’re filing in Canada.

Claim your business expenses

Generally speaking, you can claim any expenses that are related to your business when you file your taxes. As an OnlyFans creator, you’ll likely have costs such as your rent/mortgage, internet, computer hardware etc. Even things such as lights, cameras, outfits, lube, and toys would be considered legitimate business expenses.

The key thing to understand is that you can only claim the percentage related to your business. For example, let’s say 75% of your internet usage is for work and 25% is for personal use. In this case, you’d only be able to claim 75% of your internet bills as a business expense. Another example would be your office space. If your setup takes up 15% of your home, you could claim 15% of your rent/mortgage as a business expense.

Any money you spend on advertising or office expenses would also be obvious business expenses. One of the biggest mistakes freelancers make is not claiming their business expenses.

Note that any money you lose due to currency conversion fees would qualify as a business expense. You just need to do your own record keeping as OnlyFans won’t do it for you. For example, even though OnlyFans technically pays in USD, they automatically convert it to CAD when they pay you out. The difference in the exchange is a business expense.

If you’re going to claim any business expenses, you need to keep your receipts. These receipts validate your costs and will be helpful if you ever get audited. Besides hanging onto your receipts, you’ll want to create a log of your expenses, so when you do your OnlyFans taxes for Canadians, things will be easier.

The key thing to understand here is that the CRA simply wants you to pay your fair of taxes. If you’re filing your taxes and paying what you owe, the CRA won’t care. Now, if you’re claiming say $5,000 in expenses and you’re only making $6,000 in income, they may take a closer look at your return so be honest.

Your location matters

Another aspect of the tax system to be aware of is where you’re located. If you’re Canadian and performing in Canada, then everything in this article applies. However, if you’re Canadian and performing anywhere else, the local rules will likely apply.

Let’s say you’re working remotely in another country on a work visa, their tax system would likely apply to you. Now let’s say sex work is illegal in the country you’re in. Performing on OnlyFans presents a bit of risk if you want to be honest.

You really need to pay attention to the rules of the country you’re in to ensure you’re not breaking any laws. Let’s say you’re on vacation in the U.S. and you want to do some shoots during your downtime. Well, unless you have a work permit, you’re breaking the law. If you’re caught, you could be banned from entering the U.S. in the future.

Another practical example is if you’re on a student visa that limits the number of hours you work and where you work. You could easily be breaking the terms of your visa by performing on OnlyFans. It’s up to you to make a judgement call about your work, but you should at least be aware of any potential consequences.

Fill out the T2125 form

The T2125 is a Statement of Business Activities form used by self-employed individuals. This form is where you would claim your expenses. The income you earned minus your costs is how your net income is calculated.

Don’t worry if you still have a day job. Income from OnlyFans just gets added to your overall income. It’s really no different from someone who drives Uber on the side.

The T2125 is available in every tax software out there, so it’s not like you need to print out a specific form and include it in your tax return (unless you’re doing things by hand). When you say you have self-employment income, the tax software will prompt you with the appropriate things you need to include, so it’s unlikely you’ll miss anything.

Registering for a GST/HST number

As a Canadian freelancer, you’re required to register for a GST/HST number when you earn CAD $30,000 of income in any given year. Once registered, you must charge any Canadian customers GST/HST.

Since OnlyFans is based in the United Kingdom and the income comes from there (regardless of where the person who’s paying you is from), the tax is actually zero-rated. That means you wouldn’t charge them any GST/HST. To be clear, you still have to register for a GST/HST # when you earn $30,000 in freelance income. You just wouldn’t charge OnlyFans any taxes.

It may sound confusing, but basically, you don’t charge any tax if they’re not located in Canada. When you file your taxes, there’s a section for foreign income. That’s where you would list the money you made from OnlyFans.

Canada Pension Plan contributions

If your self-employment income is more than $3,500, you’ll be required to pay both the employer and employee portion of CPP. In 2020, that rate was 10.5%, with a maximum yearly pensionable income of $58,700.

This amount is offset by any business expenses you can claim, so keeping records is important.

Using your credit card for business

If you want to keep your business expenses separate from your personal expenses (especially if you have a joint credit card with someone), you’ll likely want to get your own credit card.

As long as you have a credit history, getting a credit card won’t be difficult. However, premium credit cards typically have a higher annual income requirement for you to qualify.

Alternatively, you could get one of the best business credit cards in Canada. By having a dedicated credit card that you use just for your business, you can manage your expenses easier (and keep them private). Note that the annual fee for your business card may qualify as a business expense.

Another solution is to get a KOHO card. KOHO is a prepaid credit card that uses the Visa network, so you’ll be able to use it just about anywhere. What makes it appealing to content creators is the fact that it can be discreet. Once you get the actual card from KOHO, you’ll never get any paper statements. That said, you can obviously check all your transactions directly from the app.

When you should use an accountant

If you’ve logged all your income and expenses, you can likely fill out your OnlyFans taxes for Canadians on your own via software. TurboTax Self-Employed is specifically designed for self-employed individuals and comes highly recommended.

It’s pretty common for younger people to have their taxes filed by a family member. As I’ve stated, filing your own taxes is easy, so just telling your family member you want to learn to do things on your own really isn’t a weird thing.

Some people may prefer to use an accountant to file their taxes. This can be a good idea if you want assistance from a professional who can advise you all things tax-related. While you may feel weird going to a professional as a sex work professional, accountants do not care. Tax laws are pretty black and white. Your chosen line of work does not change anything.

Another option is to use TurboTax Live Full Service. For $129.99, you can have an expert file your taxes on your behalf. You just need to provide any relevant documents. This can be handy since you don’t need to leave your home and it’s cheaper than an accountant.

Going to a professional is also beneficial to anyone who normally uses friends or family members to file their taxes. The last thing you want is for that friend or family member to gossip about what you do. 

How much you should save for taxes

In Canada, we have a marginal tax rate. The more money you earn, the more taxes you’ll pay. Generally speaking, setting aside 25% of your income for taxes is a good start. However, if you make a high income from OnlyFans or still have a day job, you’ll likely need to budget more since you may be in a higher tax bracket. For example, if you earned $120K, you’ll likely pay closer to 30-35% in taxes, so you should set aside $40K for tax purposes.

It’s a good idea to set up a bank account with a digital bank such as EQ Bank. This way, any money you set aside for taxes can earn you some interest for the time being. EQ Bank has no monthly fees and can connect directly with any of your other banks. If you left your money in a regular bricks and mortar bank, it would just be sitting there not earning you anything. Also, having a digital bank account ensures no family member sees your income if you currently only have a joint bank account.

Final thoughts

OnlyFans Taxes for Canadians is no different from freelance taxes for Canadians. In the eyes of the CRA, OnlyFans is just another form of employment. As long as you’re filing and paying your fair share of taxes, the CRA will not care. There’s no shame in what you do. You should be proud of the business you’ve built.

OnlyFans Taxes for Canadians

About Barry Choi

Barry Choi is a Toronto-based personal finance and travel expert who frequently makes media appearances. His blog Money We Have is one of Canada’s most trusted sources when it comes to money and travel. You can find him on Twitter:@barrychoi

28 Comments

  1. Chérie on October 21, 2020 at 7:40 AM

    Thank you so much for this article! Very simple and straight to the point, you made it so easy to understand for me who has no background in finances.

  2. Kyle on October 21, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    As a Canadian content creator, OnlyFans doesn’t withhold any of your earnings for tax purposes. You recieve 80 percent, straight up, of all revenues.

  3. Cecile on November 5, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    Thank you so much for this article. It’s cleared up a lot of confusion that I had.

  4. Ashley on November 18, 2020 at 1:13 AM

    I’ve been thinking about becoming a content creator. I’m currently a Canadian international student in the U.S. I’m on an F-1 visa. I’ve been a student in the U.S. for 7 years and file my taxes with the IRS as a “U.S. resident for tax purposes”. If I start an OnlyFans account, will I have to file my taxes with the IRS and CRA? Also, does this type of income affect my F-1 visa status?

    • Barry Choi on November 18, 2020 at 6:19 AM

      Ashley,

      Doesn’t look like OnlyFans would qualify as employment under your visa – https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/students-and-exchange-visitors/students-and-employment

      • Ashley on February 17, 2021 at 6:59 PM

        So I did a lot of research on this, OnlyFans is considered employment. If you are on an F-1 visa, you cannot work off-campus (unless you get paid under the table and don’t claim your income), and you can only work on campus for 20 hours a week during your academic semester, and an unlimited amount of hours outside of the academic semester, such as the summer. Since OnlyFans is an online entity, as an NRA on an F-1 visa, you have to physically make a post on OnlyFans while in your home country for your F-1 status to be upheld. You cannot be in the U.S. and run a OnlyFans account while posting content in the U.S. For example, I’m a Canadian student spending most of my time in the U.S.; but if I run an OnlyFans account while I’m still here, it’s a violation of my visa, if I’m physically at home dong it, they can’t say boo. They do it this way to really limit folks on student visas on their work options, because the main reason for their F-1 visa is to get an education. All and all, the F-1 visa life is hard man.

        • Barry Choi on February 17, 2021 at 7:08 PM

          Very interesting. It seems like the US makes it very difficult for any non-American to work in the country. I just took a quick look at employment eligibility for people in Canada on a student visa and they’re allowed to work up to 20 hours off campus, and an unlimited amount or 40 during regular breaks.

          I wish I could say I’m surprised by this, but I’m not.

          • Ashley on February 17, 2021 at 7:18 PM

            Wow, I didn’t know that about international students going to school in Canada. What a difference! At least, you’re giving these students a chance to make ends meet while going to school.



          • Barry Choi on February 17, 2021 at 7:24 PM

            Yeah, it seems pretty easy for people in Canada on student visas to work – https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/work-off-campus.html#requirements

            Really sorry to hear about your situation. The US is so obsessed with protecting their jobs that they go out of their way to screw people.

            I was almost turned around at the border one time because I told them I was there for a work trip. I had to explain that I’m a travel journalist and that I was checking out X city so I could write about it. I had to prove I wasn’t writing for a US publication. The border agent looked me up on the spot to verify everything I was telling him.



  5. Minnie on November 27, 2020 at 10:06 PM

    It’s actually problematic for content creators on only fans in Canada because of the nature of the platform. Typically Canadian financial institutions dislike adult business so they make it extremely difficult even if the business is operating legally.

  6. Gigi on February 11, 2021 at 1:21 AM

    Isn’t OnlyFans a UK based company so one would HAVE to pay GST/HST?

    • Barry Choi on February 11, 2021 at 6:28 AM

      GiGi,

      Any company outside of Canada is 0 rated so GST/HST is not charged.

  7. Lee on February 17, 2021 at 6:19 PM

    thank you so much for writing this! It helps a lot!

  8. Sandeep Todi on March 5, 2021 at 8:47 AM

    This is very interesting and in addition to the taxation issues, receiving payments from US customers is not the easiest thing in the world. At Truly Financial we aim to make this process easier for anyone who is selling to US customers. Do check out https://trulyfinancial.com for early access.

    Would love to collaborate on this Barry.

  9. Nicky on March 8, 2021 at 3:51 AM

    May this article then mean that as OnlyFans takes %80, then another tax fee of %25 has to be saved and set aside of whatever Net Income received from OnlyFans to give the tax man at tax time = %45 deducted for tax? aside from calculating the expenses.
    as is mentioned in this article:
    “Canadian content creators should be getting 80% of their revenue from OnlyFans.”.
    and:
    “Generally speaking, setting aside 25% of your income for taxes is a good start.”.
    Figuratively?

    • Barry Choi on March 8, 2021 at 6:23 AM

      Nicky,

      The 20% that OnlyFans taxes is a business expense that can be claimed when you file your taxes. It would lower your taxable income. Thr 25% I suggest you set aside is specifically for paying taxes. If you earn a high income via OnlyFans, you’ll want to set aside more.

  10. Kat on April 14, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    In the T2125 form it asked for gross sales but I don’t know what my gross sales are. Since there’s a conversation rate I was receiving more than what is on the OF website. What does this mean for my taxes? How do I find my gross sales as a Canadian?

  11. August on April 27, 2021 at 4:58 PM

    Great info thank you so much!

  12. louiseravine on May 4, 2021 at 2:09 AM

    What method of payment are you peeps using when getting paid out from onlyfans, because I wonder if that has an impact on income origin.

  13. Stacey Fraser on August 2, 2021 at 5:23 PM

    Thank you so much! You’re helping me big time xo !

  14. Unknown on August 14, 2021 at 2:32 PM

    I was thinking about starting an onlyfans, But would doing so be a problem for me & the government? As in Would it be a problem for me getting a job if they know what I’m doing ?

    • Barry Choi on August 14, 2021 at 8:41 PM

      Your online presence could definitely affect your career. Many people who perform on OnlyFans do it annonymously to protect themselves.

  15. Mel on October 14, 2021 at 2:06 AM

    Thanks for bringing some clarity to a frowned upon industry that professionals tend to avoid. One thing that came to my attention was when cashing out from onlyfans the USD is converted into CAD when it arrives in my bank, but its usually around 2% less than what the current exchange rate is. This is the international transaction fee i think and is this also considered tax deductible?

    • Barry Choi on October 14, 2021 at 6:29 AM

      Hi Mel,

      Yes, the difference in the exchange rate is a tax deductible fee.

      • Mel on October 14, 2021 at 6:20 PM

        Thanks Barry,
        Is there documentation of how much was taken? I could not find the information.

        • Barry Choi on October 15, 2021 at 6:43 AM

          Hey Mel,

          You need to manually calculate it based on the exchange rate that’s posted on the day you get paid. You can go to XE.com for the daily and historical exchange rates.

          For example, at the time of this writing 1 USD = 1.23466 CAD. So US $1,000 = $1,234.63. But let’s say you only got paid $1,220.

          The fee you paid is $14.63.

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