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Getting Paid

KDP pays royalties every month, approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which they were earned. For example, you'll be paid in October for royalties earned in August, as long as they meet the minimum threshold. You'll receive separate royalty payments for each Amazon marketplace in which you have chosen to distribute your title. Available payment methods (direct deposit, wire transfer, or check) are based on the location of your bank. Your bank may have fees associated with some payments. Please contact your bank to verify fees associated with receiving payments.

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Payment schedule

KDP pays royalties monthly, approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which the royalties are earned, as long as they meet the minimum thresholds. Direct deposit payments do not have a threshold.

Month royalties were earned When you'll receive royalty payment*
January End of March
February End of April
March End of May
April End of June
May End of July
June End of August
July End of September
August End of October
September End of November
October End of December
November End of January
December End of February

*For check and wire payments there is a minimum threshold in each marketplace after deducting the applicable tax withholding. If your royalty earnings fall below the threshold for check and wire payments, we will keep a running total and issue payment once the amount exceeds the minimum threshold.



Direct deposit

Choosing direct deposit, also known as electronic funds transfer (EFT), as a payment method allows you to receive your earned royalties without a minimum threshold before the funds are released to you; in a more secure and environmentally friendly way than paper checks; and in your local currency. There's also a handling fee of 8 USD/8 CAD/8 GBP/8 EUR per check payment to authors who reside in the US, CA, UK, or EU countries/regions where we offer direct deposit.

To avoid the handling fee, sign up for direct deposit:

  1. Go to your KDP account.
  2. Complete two-step verification.
  3. Under Getting Paid, click Add a bank account.
  4. Choose your country or region of residence and click OK.
  5. Enter your bank account information according to your country/region requirements and click Done.
  6. Click the plus sign next to the marketplace you want to update, and change the "Pay my royalties via" option from check to EFT.
  7. Choose your preferred currency and click Add bank account to add your bank account to each marketplace you update.
  8. Click Save.

After you switch to direct deposit, the change will take effect immediately. You'll be paid in full for all of your sales, regardless of the amount, in your local currency approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which the royalties accrued.



Payment options by location

When you're setting up your account information, you can choose how you'd like to receive your payments for sales from each Amazon marketplace. Available payment methods (direct deposit, wire transfer, or check) are based on the location of your bank. Customers pay in their local currencies, but we pay your royalties in the default currency of your bank account's location. The default currency can't be changed. You can use a bank account in another location to receive payments in that location's currency.

Video: Setting up EFT (U.S.)

While Amazon may support direct deposit (EFT) payments to the country or region where your bank account is located, some local banks require additional documentation to release funds from international electronic payments. Please work with your bank to determine the requirements to release direct deposit payments.

See available payment methods options based on your preferred bank location:



Payment thresholds

Direct deposit payments do not have a threshold. This means you'll be paid electronically in full no matter the amount accrued. However, when converting local royalty earnings to a different country or region, the amount to be paid after conversion must meet the minimum amount banks will allow us to send. For check and wire payments there is a minimum threshold in each marketplace after deducting the applicable tax withholding.

If your royalty earnings fall below the threshold for check and wire payments, we will keep a running total and issue payment once the amount exceeds the minimum threshold. Your payment occurs 60 days after the end of the month in which your royalties meet the threshold.

Local marketplace currencyCheck thresholdWire
Amazon.com$100 USD

$100 USD

Amazon.co.uk£100£100
Amazon.es, .it, .fr, .nl, .de€100€100
Amazon.ca$100 CAD$100 CAD
Amazon.com.br$100 USD$100 USD
Amazon.com.mx$100 USD1,000 MXN
Amazon.co.jp$100 USD ¥ 10,000
Amazon.in$100 USD$100 USD
Amazon.com.au$100 USD $100 AUD


Update your payment method

For security purposes, you cannot edit an existing bank account's details. You'll need to go to your account, delete the existing bank account, and then add a new bank account.

Video: Update your payment method from check to EFT

From check to direct deposit

  1. Under My Account, click Getting Paid.
  2. Click Add another bank account.
  3. Choose the country or region where your bank is located.
  4. Enter your bank account information according to your country/region requirements and click Add.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and click Save to finish updating your banking details.

To direct deposit for all Amazon marketplaces

  1. Under My Account, click Getting Paid.
  2. Choose Expand Details next to your current bank details for direct-deposit payments.
  3. Click on each Amazon marketplace, ensuring there is a blue ring around the box each marketplace is shown within.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click Save to finish updating your payment preferences.

Review or change your bank details

For security purposes, you cannot edit an existing bank account's details. You'll need to go to your account, delete the existing bank account, and then add a new bank account:
  1. Under My Account, click Getting Paid.
  2. For the bank account you want to delete, under Bank Account, click Delete account.
  3. Add a new bank account following the instructions based on your bank's location.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click Save to finish updating your payment preferences.


Add a bank account

The name provided in Author/Publisher Information should be the legal name of the author. In the Getting Paid section under Tell us about your bank, this name should match the name associated with the bank account.

To add a bank account:

  1. Sign in to KDP and click Your Account at the top of the page (for security purposes, you will be taken to the sign-in page for account confirmation).
  2. In My Account, click Getting Paid.
  3. Click Add Bank Account, choose the location of your bank account, and click Add.
  4. Follow the steps below matching where your account is located.

United States bank accounts

  1. In the Account holder name box, enter your name exactly as it appears on your bank account.
  2. Choose the type of account: Checking or Savings.
  3. Enter your Account Number and verify in the second box.
  4. Enter your bank's ABA Routing number. This nine-digit code appears as the first set of numbers on the bottom of your checks. Your bank can also provide this number to you.
  5. In the Name of bank box, enter your bank's name.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Scroll to the bottom and click Save to finish updating your payment preferences.

European Union bank accounts

  1. In the Account holder name box, enter your name exactly as it appears on your bank account.
  2. Choose the Type of account: Checking or Savings.
  3. Enter your bank's IBAN number.
  4. Enter your bank's BIC code. Also known as, a SWIFT code, this 8- or 11-character code is available by contacting your bank.
  5. In the Name of bank box, enter your bank's name.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Scroll to the bottom and click Save to finish updating your payment preferences.

Japan bank accounts

  1. In the Account holder name box, enter your name exactly as it appears on your bank account.
  2. Choose the Type of account: Checking or Savings.
  3. Enter your Account number and verify in the second box.
  4. In the Name of bank box, enter your bank's name.
  5. Enter your bank's Bank code.
  6. Enter your bank's Branch code.
  7. Click Add.
  8. Scroll to the bottom and click Save to finish updating your payment preferences.

Brazil bank accounts

  1. Under BIC/SWIFT* (Optional), choose one of these options:
    • I want to provide my BIC/SWIFT code. If you choose this option, you'll be paid by EFT for sales on Amazon.com.br and by wire transfer for all other marketplaces.
    • I don't want to provide my BIC/SWIFT code. If you choose this option, you'll be paid by EFT for sales on Amazon.com.br and by check for all other marketplaces.
  2. Enter your BIC/SWIFT Code if you choose to provide it.
  3. For Account holder name, enter your name exactly as it appears on your bank account.
  4. For Type of account, choose Checking. We don't support payments to savings accounts.
  5. Enter or choose your Name of bank, and the Bank code field will auto-populate.
  6. Enter the first 4 numbers of your bank's Branch code without dashes or spaces. Branch codes are 4 or 5-digit codes on checks and bank cards, usually next to the account number.
  7. Enter your Account number without dashes or spaces. Account numbers are usually the second set of numbers on checks and bank cards.
  8. Enter your Account number and verify in the second box.
  9. Click Add.
  10. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save to finish updating your payment preferences.

*BIC means Bank Identification Code (also called SWIFT). It's needed to complete international money transfers. If you provide your BIC/SWIFT code, you can receive payments by wire transfer, which is faster than check payments.



Missing payment issues

If the information you enter in your KDP account doesn't exactly match the information your bank has on file for you, the bank will reject an electronic transfer of funds. If you use a pen name in your KDP Account Payment Settings which does not match your information on file with your bank, the bank will reject the payment.

Payment not received for all marketplaces

We pay royalties separately for each marketplace. The top reasons why publishers receive payments only for some marketplaces are:

  • Not all the marketplaces have accrued royalties.
  • Not all the marketplaces have met the necessary threshold to process the payment (if the method is Check or Wire).
  • When converting local royalty earnings to a different country, the amount to be paid after conversion didn't meet the minimum amount banks will allow us to send (if the method is EFT or Wire).

Report shows an EFT/WIRE payment, but payment doesn't appear in bank account

Direct deposit (EFT) payments can take 1–5 business days to show on your bank account from the payment date. In the case of wire payments, it can take 5–10 days. If in your Payments Report you see the amounts showing as "Paid," but the payment still does not appear in your account, please contact your financial institution for verification. If your bank is located in India, EFT payments can take 7–10 business days past the payment date before they show in your bank account.

Check has not arrived

Check delivery time frames vary depending on location. After the payment date it can take up to a month for the check to reach the address in your KDP account. Please allow this much time before reporting your check as lost, and be sure to confirm the address on file is correct.



Withholding

If you're a US publisher, royalty payments for sales on the BR store are subject to Brazilian withholding taxation of 15%. Also, royalty payments for sales on the IN store are subject to 10% Singaporean tax withholding. If you're not a US publisher, royalties for Amazon.com (US) are subject to tax withholding depending on the country or region where you pay taxes. For Amazon.com.br (BR), you'll be subject to withholding only if you report your taxes in certain countries and regions. Learn more about tax withholding.

The tax withholding will be applied to the gross amount of your payment before it gets processed. Meaning that if you accrued $143.00 in the US Kindle Store and you have 30% tax withholding on your account, we will process a payment for $100.10 ($143.00 – 30% = $100.10).



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