Amazon Appstore Payments
The Amazon Appstore provides numerous ways for you to earn money from your published apps. This page provides an overview to the different ways that you can monetize your Amazon Apps and discusses how to get paid for the royalties earned by your monetized apps.
To view your payments, log in to your developer account on the developer portal, and select a Payment report from the Reporting tab.
- Monetizing Your Apps
- Payments and VAT
- Receiving Payments
- Receiving Payment by Check
- FAQ for Payments and Reporting
Monetizing Your Apps
You have several options for monetizing the apps that you list in the Amazon Appstore:
- Download fee: Charge a fee for users to download the app.
- In-App Purchasing Offer items for sale within your app.
- Merch by Amazon: Offer branded merchandise from within your app, such as t-shirts, for sale to your app's users.
- Mobile Ads: Host ads from Amazon and brand advertisers within your app.
- Amazon Underground: Get paid based on the number of minutes that users are engaged with your app.
Payments and VAT
The list price for each apps include any VAT or similar taxes. This price is displayed to end users (usually with a note that prices include VAT). VAT or similar taxes are subtracted from the list price for royalty calculation purposes.
For example, if you set the list price for your app as 1.15 Euros in one of the Amazon European marketplaces.
- We display the price as 1.15 Euros to the end users of that Amazon Marketplace.
- This price is inclusive of a 15% VAT. The system displays a note to indicate that all prices include VAT.
- The list price for royalty calculation purposes is 1.00 Euro.
With few exceptions, Amazon pays developers electronically. The method of electronic payment varies by country/region. The currency of your payment is determined by your bank's location.
Receiving Payment for US-based Developers
For US-based developers, Amazon will send you monthly payments for your apps' royalties. You will receive a separate payment for each marketplace in which your apps, software, or games are sold. If your balance due exceeds the payment threshold, Amazon will make payment approximately (a) 30 days after the end of the calendar month in which the revenue for a mobile app was generated, or (b) 45 days after the end of the calendar month in which the revenue was generated. For example, Amazon would make payment for mobile app revenue that occurred in April at the end of May, which is approximately 30 days after the end of April.
In the U.S., Amazon pays by electronic funds transfer (EFT), making payments when the balance due to you is more than $0.00.
Receiving Payment for Japan-based Developers
Developers in Japan can be paid electronically for domestic and international sales by wire or EFT by submitting their banking information. Note that banks in Japan may impose fees when receiving electronic payments.
To enter your banking information, sign in to your account on the developer portal go to Settings > Payment Information. Select Yes to the question Do you plan to monetize apps?, and you will be prompted to indicate the location of your bank and to enter your banking information.
Receiving Payment for Other International Developers
International developers in supported countries/regions 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 to be paid by electronic payments, your payment will be made by check. You will receive one check per marketplace, issued in the currency of sale. Checks for sales on our Japan and Brazil marketplaces will be issued in U.S. dollars.
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 apps 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*: $0 USD, €0 EUR, £0 GBP, ¥0 JPY, $0 CAD, or $R20 BRL
- Wire: $100 USD, €100 EUR, £100 GBP, ¥10,000 JPY, or $100 CAD
- Check: $100 USD, €100 EUR, £100 GBP, or $100 CAD
For sales on the Brazil marketplaces, the threshold for international Direct Deposit payments is based on a $100 USD equivalent for all developers outside of Brazil.
Provided your balance due exceeds the payment threshold, we will remit payment approximately (a) 30 days after the end of the calendar month in which the sale of a mobile app occurred, or (b) 45 days after the end of the calendar month in which the sale of digital software or a video game occurred. For example, we would remit payment for sales of mobile apps that occurred in April at the end of May , which is approximately 30 days after the end of April.
List prices for apps include any VAT or similar taxes that are included in the purchase price displayed to end users, but those taxes are excluded from the list price for royalty calculation purposes. For example, if the list price for your app for an Amazon marketplace is 1.15 Euros and we display prices to an end user of that Amazon Marketplace inclusive of a 15% VAT, the list price for royalty calculation purposes is 1.00 Euro.
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 apps are sold. You will receive one check per marketplace in which your apps are sold. Checks for sales on the Japan and Brazil marketplaces will be issued in US dollars.
FAQ for Payments and Reporting
- Q: What is my revenue split with Amazon?
- We’ll pay you royalties as set out in the App Distribution and Services Agreement.
- Q: How much does Amazon charge for using its developer program?
- The program is free. You pay nothing to create a developer account, use Amazon APIs, and submit apps.
- Q: Can I list (or post) free apps?
- Yes. You are welcome to give away free apps on Amazon.
- Q: I plan to monetize the apps that I submit to the Amazon Appstore. Will I be taxed on my royalties from these apps? How do I set up my taxes for this?
- Yes, if you are a US-based developer, your royalties will be subject to US taxes. You will submit your tax information to Amazon via a Tax Identity Interview. See Setting Up Taxes for Your App for more information.
- Q: I am a non-US-based developer. Will I still have to pay US taxes?
- Depending on your country/region of residence and where you sell your apps, you may be required to pay US taxes. See Setting Up Taxes for Your App for more information.
- Q: What is the Tax Identification Interview?
- In order to comply with United States Internal Revenue tax regulations, the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Portal requires you to complete a tax identity interview for apps that are intended to generate royalties or other payments to you from Amazon. See Setting Up Taxes for Your App for more information.
- Q: Where can I find reports for my app?
- Find the various reports for your app by clicking the Reporting tab of the developer portal and then selecting a report type from the Reporting tab. See Viewing Reports for Your App.