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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 Console, and select a Payment report from the Reporting tab.

Watch the video tutorial to get started. For more details about payment, read the sections that follow.

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 Advertising: Monetize your app with Amazon Publisher Services (APS), where Amazon and other advertisers compete for your ad space.

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.

Receiving payments

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 Console 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, Brazil, and Australia 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 Console 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.

Amazon Appstore Small Business Accelerator Program

The Amazon Appstore Small Business Accelerator Program offers an increased revenue share and AWS credits for developers earning less than 1 million USD in annual revenue.

If you are eligible for the program, your revenue share increases to 80/20 for all revenue earned from the Amazon Appstore. Additionally, you can receive Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits equivalent to 10% of your app revenue on Amazon devices.

This table breaks down the Small Business Accelerator Program's benefits across Appstore devices.

Amazon Appstore device Revenue threshold Revenue share AWS credits
Amazon Appstore on Windows 11 1 million USD 80/20 Does not apply
All other devices 1 million USD 80/20 10% of monthly earnings

Eligibility and enrollment

You are eligible for the Small Business Accelerator Program if you are:

  • An existing Amazon Appstore developer, in all marketplaces, who earned less than 1 million USD in the prior calendar year, or
  • A new Amazon Appstore developer

You are automatically enrolled in increased revenue share if you meet this criteria. To receive AWS credits, you need to enroll in the Appstore Developer Console.

The eligibility threshold (1 million USD) is based on annual revenue.

If the total revenue from your transactions reaches 1 million USD in the current year, your account will revert to the standard royalty rate for the rest of the year and you will stop receiving AWS credits. The standard royalty rate begins with the next transaction on your account after you reach 1 million USD. You will stop receiving AWS credits as soon as your revenue reaches the 1 million USD threshold.

You will not be eligible in the next calendar year if your transactions exceed the threshold in the current year. If your revenue falls below 1 million USD in a future year, you will be eligible in the next calendar year.

Refunds and chargebacks

The Small Business Accelerator Program factors refunds and chargebacks into your revenue eligibility if the payment and credit occur in the same month. For example, if your customer pays for a service in May then receives a refund for this transaction in May, both the payment and refund are included in your revenue. However, if a purchase completes in May and refund is issued in June, the refund is not included in your revenue for the Small Business Accelerator Program.

Receive AWS credits

In addition to increased revenue share, the Small Business Accelerator Program offers AWS credits equivalent to 10% of your app revenue. Revenue earned from the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11 devices is not included in the AWS credit calculation for the Small Business Accelerator program.

You can receive credits worth 10% of your app revenue up to 1 million USD, for a maximum credit amount of 100,000 USD.

You need an active AWS account to receive AWS credits from the Small Business Accelerator Program. Enter your AWS account information in the Appstore Developer Console. Sign in to the Appstore Developer Console as an account administrator to enter your AWS account information.

  1. Sign in to the Developer Console.
  2. In the Developer Console, go Settings > Payments and Benefits.
  3. In the Appstore Small Business Accelerator Program Benefits section, enter your AWS account information.
  4. Acknowledge the terms and conditions and save your information.

Credits will be added to your AWS account at the beginning of each month.

Invalid AWS accounts

The Amazon Appstore will notify you if your AWS account information is invalid. If you enter an invalid or inactive AWS account, you will not receive AWS credits for the calendar month. You need to provide valid account details in the Developer Console in order to receive AWS credits for future months.

Remove AWS accounts

You can remove your AWS information from the program at any time.

  1. In the Developer Console, go to Settings > Payments and Benefits > Appstore Small Business Accelerator Program Benefits.
  2. Select Remove next to your AWS Account ID.
  3. Select Proceed to confirm.

After you remove your AWS account information, you will no longer receive credits. The credits you earned previously remain on your account, subject to AWS's credits terms and conditions.

AWS credits earning report

You will receive a confirmation notification and email when the Appstore disperses credits to your AWS account. Login to your AWS account to check the credit details.

You can also see your AWS credit earnings in the Appstore Developer Console under the Earnings tab. You can download your earnings report, which includes columns detailing the credits earned, currency (USD), and the credit issued date. See Earnings Reports to learn how to access earning reports.

Terms and conditions

To learn more about the Small Business Accelerator Program's terms and conditions, see the Amazon Developer Services Agreement.

To learn more about the program in general, see the Small Business Accelerator Program page.

Small Business Accelerator Program FAQ

This section provides answers to frequently asked questions about Small Business Accelerator Program.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible for the Small Business Accelerator Program?
You are eligible if you earn less than 1 million USD in prior and current calendar year across all marketplaces, or if you are a new Amazon Appstore developer. See the Amazon Small Business Accelerator section and the Amazon Developer Services Agreement for more details about eligibility requirements.
Q:  I receive royalty payments in multiple currencies. Is the eligibility requirement of less than 1 million USD in revenue only for my USD payments?
No, the eligibility requirements of less than 1 million USD is the sum of Appstore revenue across all currencies.
Q:  If I am eligible, what do I need to do?
To receive AWS credits, you need to provide a valid AWS account and agree to AWS credit program's terms and conditions in the Appstore Developer Console. Eligible developers do not need to take action to receive the new royalty rate. You are automatically enrolled if you meet the requirements.
Q:  Once I am eligible, when will the revenue-share adjustment apply?
The revenue share adjustment began on December 22, 2021. Higher royalty payments started for all eligible developers on this day.
Q: How many AWS credits will I receive? Are there any cases in which I will not receive AWS credits?
You will receive AWS credits worth 10% of your revenue on a monthly basis. The amount is calculated on monthly earnings at the marketplace level. You will not receive AWS credits on revenue earned from the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11 devices. Additionally, you will not receive AWS credits if the credit amount is less than 1 USD per marketplace for the month.
Q: I enrolled in AWS credits for the Small Business Accelerator Program. When will I receive my AWS credits?
You will receive credits approximately 15 days after the end of the calendar month in which the applicable sale takes place.
Q: How does the Small Business Accelerator Program calculate AWS credits?
Your monthly credit reward starts from the month you enroll in the program and is equivalent to 10% of revenue generated for that month. For example, if you enroll on December 22, 2022, you will receive credits worth 10% of total revenue generated in December 2022.
Q: What if I provide an incorrect, invalid, or inactive AWS account?
If you provide invalid, inactive, or incorrect AWS account information, you will not receive AWS credits. The Appstore will contact you requesting correct and operational AWS account details. You will forfeit the credit benefit for the month in which you provided incorrect account information. You can receive AWS credits for the next month if you provide correct AWS account information in the Appstore Developer Console.
Q: If I update my AWS account information in the Appstore Developer Console, which account will receive the AWS credits?
The Appstore provides credits to the AWS account entered in the Appstore Developer Console on the last day of every month.
Q: How many times can I edit my AWS account information?
There is no limit to changing your AWS account information.
Q: Where can I find my AWS credit earning details?
You will receive a confirmation notification and email when the Appstore disperses credits to your AWS account. Login to your AWS account to check the credit details. You can also see your AWS credit earnings in the Appstore Developer Console under the Earnings tab.
Q:  Why am I no longer eligible for the Small Business Accelerator Program?
You are eligible if your revenue is less than 1 million USD in the prior calendar year. If the total revenue from your transactions reaches 1 million USD in the current year, your account will revert to the standard royalty rate for the rest of the year and you will stop receiving AWS credits. You will not be eligible in the next calendar year.

FAQ for Payments and Reporting

Q: What is my revenue split with Amazon?
We'll pay you royalties as set out in the Amazon Developer 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?
You are responsible for collecting and remitting any taxes imposed on its sales of your apps to end users, but the Amazon Parties may also be required, depending on the country in which you are based, to deduct or withhold any applicable taxes that we may be legally obligated to deduct or withhold from amounts due, and the amounts due, as reduced by such deductions or withholdings, will constitute full payment to you. See Setting Up Taxes for Your App for more information.
Q: I am an International Developer. Will I still have to pay taxes?
Depending on your country/region of residence and where you sell your apps, you may be required to pay US or CA 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 and Canada tax regulations, the Amazon Developer Services Portal requires you to complete US and CA 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: I'm registered for value-added, sales or similar taxes, how do I charge and collect such taxes on my Royalty payments to Amazon?
Royalty payments to developers are inclusive of all taxes. It is the developer's responsibility to determine and remit such taxes to the appropriate tax authority when and if applicable.
Q: Where can I find reports for my app?
Find the various reports for your app by clicking the Reporting tab of the Developer Console and then selecting a report type from the Reporting tab. See Reporting Overview.

Last updated: Nov 18, 2022