Sometimes Google puts hold on your AdSense payments and you aren’t paid even when your earnings reach the minimum payout threshold of $100 in a particular month. Four major reasons result in this and your payments aren’t released unless you fix the issues which cause this hold. I have explained the reasons and fixes below which will help you in releasing your payments if Google has held them for any of below mentioned reasons.
Address Verification: When your AdSense earnings reach $10, Google sends you a PIN (Personal Identification Number) via standard mail. The PIN is enclosed in a white envelop. You need to verify the PIN by entering it into your AdSense account’s setting section before the hold is lifted from your payments. By entering the PIN, you verify that the physical address, which you have used during signup, is accurate and correct.
Sometimes, publishers face difficulties in receiving the AdSense PIN on their provided address. This is usually caused due to bad mailing system of the publisher country or region. In such a situation, the PIN can be requested thrice. If the PIN still doesn’t reach the publisher even after the third attempt, the address can be verified by uploading document proofs on the link appeared in Google AdSense account.
Tax Form Submission: Publishers from certain countries including US need to enter their tax information. If you are living in any of these countries but haven’t submitted the form yet, submit the tax information right now by visiting https://www.google.com/adsense/v3/app#taxInformation. Tax form needs to be submitted before 20th of any particular month to get eligible for being paid in ongoing month, otherwise you will be paid in next month.
Payment Form Information: Google pays earnings of publishers via standard checks, through Western Union and by EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). If you haven’t chosen the form of payment for your earnings, Google will kept hold on your payments. To ensure that your payments are released, update the form of payment before 20th of the month so the change will take effect and your payments will not be delayed to the next months payment schedule.
Payee Name Change: In several regions and for certain publishers, Google allows payee name modification. If you have recently changed the payee name on your AdSense account, then Google may have put the hold on your account and on your earnings. To remove the hold, contact AdSense support and seek help from them directly so hold from your account will be removed.
These were some common reason which result in hold on your entire AdSense account or on its earnings. I hope this article made you understand why Google puts hold on AdSense payments and how to remove this hold.