Understand and Set Up Payments
After you've published your in-skill product, you'll need to set up your payment and tax information so you can earn money from your Alexa skills. This page provides an overview on getting paid for royalties earned by in-skill purchases, as well as setting up your payment and tax information.
- List Price and Payments
- Payment Setup and Taxes
- Receiving Payments
- Related Topics
List Price and Payments
Amazon pays developers 70% of the marketplace list price for all sales.
Alexa will let end-users know that they will be charged the price they hear, plus any applicable taxes. Your royalty will be calculated based off of the list price.
Payment Setup and Taxes
Your royalties on an in-skill purchase are subject to the taxes of the Amazon marketplace you are selling in. You will need to submit your tax information to Amazon via a Tax Identity Interview. See Set Up Tax Forms for Your Account for more information.
With few exceptions, Amazon pays developers electronically. The method of electronic payment varies by country or region. The currency of your payment is determined by your bank's location.
To enter your banking information, sign in to your account on the developer portal and go to Settings > Payment Information. Select Yes to the question asking if you want to monetize your digital content, such as apps and skills, and you will be prompted to indicate the location of your bank and to enter your banking information.
Amazon will make a payment approximately (a) 30 days after the end of the calendar month in which the revenue for a skill was generated. For example, Amazon would make a payment for any skill revenue that occurred in April at the end of May, which is approximately 30 days after the end of April.
Receiving Payment for US-based Developers
For US-based developers, Amazon will send you monthly payments for your Alexa skill royalties. You will receive a separate payment for each marketplace in which your in-skill products are sold.
Receiving Payment for Japan-based Developers
Developers in Japan can be paid electronically for domestic sales by wire or EFT by submitting their banking information. Note that banks in Japan may impose fees when receiving electronic payments.
Receiving Payment for Other International Developers
International developers in supported countries can receive electronic payments from Amazon. Depending on your bank’s location, you may be eligible for either direct deposit or wire payments. If your bank’s location is not eligible for electronic payments or if you do not opt-in to electronic payments, your payment will be made by check.
To determine if you are eligible for electronic payments, sign in to your account on the developer portal and select your bank’s location from the Where is your bank/financial institution? drop-down menu. Based on this selection, if electronic payment is available, you will be prompted to choose between electronic payment or check. You will receive a separate payment for each marketplace in which your skills are sold. For electronic payments, the currency of your payment is determined by your bank’s location. Please consult your financial institution to determine if there are any fees associated with receiving electronic payments.
Prior to Amazon issuing a payment for a marketplace, the payment must meet the applicable threshold based on your payment type and the currency of that marketplace:
- Direct Deposit (EFT): $0 USD, €0 EUR, £0 GBP, ¥0 JPY, or $0 CAD
- Wire: $100 USD, €100 EUR, £100 GBP, ¥10,000 JPY, or $100 CAD
- Check: $100 USD, €100 EUR, £100 GBP, or $100 CAD
Receiving Payment by Check
If you are not eligible for electronic payments, you will be paid by check in the currency of the Amazon marketplace where your in-skill products are sold. You will receive one check per marketplace in which your skills are sold. Checks for sales within the Japan marketplace will be issued in US dollars.
For more information on tax forms:
To view reporting on Earnings and Payments: