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Tax Forms

Browse these frequently asked questions to learn about tax forms. Still have questions? To learn why Amazon needs tax information, where to download forms, and how to take the tax interview, watch this recorded webinar.

Video: Year-end tax forms


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When will I get my tax forms?

  • U.S. publishers. We issue Form 1099-MISC on or before January 31 each year (or the following business day if January 31 falls on a weekend or legal holiday).
  • Non-U.S. publishers. We issue Form 1042-S on or before March 15 each year (or the following business day if March 15 falls on a weekend or legal holiday).


How do I get my forms?

You can download your tax forms from your KDP account or taxcentral.amazon.com. In some cases, such as if you live outside the United States or if you have different tax statuses between accounts, we’ll issue multiple forms. We'll email you once they're available. If you chose paper delivery, we'll mail the forms to the address you entered during the tax interview. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery.

Regardless of your delivery preference, you can access your tax forms online once they're available. To securely download your available forms from KDP:

  1. Sign in to KDP and click Your Account at the top of the page.
  2. Follow the instructions for two-step verification.
  3. Under My Account, click Tax Information.
  4. Click View/Provide Tax Information.
  5. Scroll down to the "Year-End Tax Forms" section.
  6. Click Find Forms.
  7. Click Download.

You can also securely download your available forms from Amazon Tax Central, a standalone site that allows you to download forms from all Amazon businesses in one place:
  1. Go to taxcentral.amazon.com.
  2. Use your KDP account sign-in and password.
  3. Click the View/Edit button.
  4. Click the Find Forms button.
  5. Click Download.
  6. Click Exit to return to the main page.

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Why didn’t I get a tax form?

If you don't have any tax forms, or they aren’t available yet, you'll see a message explaining why when you click Find Forms in your KDP account. Common reasons are:

  • The forms haven't been made available or delivered yet.
    • U.S. publishers. We issue IRS Form 1099-MISC on or before January 31 each year (or the following business day if January 31 falls on a weekend or legal holiday).
    • Non-U.S. publishers. We issue IRS Form 1042-S on or before March 15 each year (or the following business day if March 15 falls on a weekend or legal holiday).
    • If you choose paper delivery, forms will be mailed to the address which you provided when you submitted your tax interview. Depending on where you live, forms can take up to two weeks to arrive.

  • The royalty payments threshold wasn't met.
    • U.S. publishers. If you exceeded the $10 global royalty payment threshold across all Amazon businesses, your IRS Form 1099-MISC will be issued on or before January 31 (or the following business day if January 31 falls on a weekend or legal holiday).
    • Non-U.S. publishers. If you exceeded the $0.49 global royalty payment threshold across all Amazon businesses, your IRS Form 1042-S will be issued on or before March 15 (or the following business day if March 15 falls on a weekend or legal holiday).

  • Your account is exempt from reporting based upon your interview inputs. This commonly applies to Trusts/Estates, tax-exempt organizations, or limited liability companies.


I think the amount on my forms is wrong.

Tax forms show payments made, not royalties earned. KDP pays royalties monthly, approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which the royalties are earned. For example, that means payments for royalties earned in November and December 2018 won’t be on your 2018 form. Payments for royalties earned in November and December 2017 will be on your 2018 form.



The address is wrong on my form.

Forms display the address you entered at the time you completed the tax interview. If you updated the address in your KDP account, please retake the interview so your address is correct for next year. You don't need an up-to-date address on your tax form to use it, so we recommend using the paperless form this year.



Do I have pay taxes on what I earned from selling my KDP books?

Amazon can't provide tax advice. Please consult a tax adviser or www.irs.gov if you have questions about how to use this information. We report any royalties paid from January 1 through December 31 on either Form 1099-MISC to U.S. publishers or Form 1042-S to non-U.S. publishers.

  • U.S. publishers. If you exceeded the $10 global royalty payment threshold across all Amazon businesses, you will be subject to IRS Form 1099-MISC reporting. Payments to corporations, including limited liability companies (LLCs) that are treated as C- or S- Corporations, and certain tax-exempt organizations are not reportable on Form 1099-MISC.
  • Non-U.S. publishers. If you exceeded the $0.49 global royalty payment threshold across all Amazon businesses, your IRS Form 1042-S will be issued on or before March 15 (or the following business day if March 15 falls on a weekend or legal holiday). This form is an informational statement that the U.S. taxing authority (called the "Internal Revenue Service" or "IRS") requires Amazon to provide. The form is sent to non-U.S. publishers who received U.S.-sourced income during the previous calendar year. The amount in Box 2 shows payments received from sales (in USD) from the United States. Box 7 represents any associated U.S. tax withheld from these payments, also in USD. If you have questions, please consult a tax advisor or www.irs.gov.


How do I update my delivery preference?

  1. Sign in to KDP and click Your Account at the top of the page.
  2. Follow the instructions for two-step verification.
  3. Under My Account, click Tax Information
  4. Click View/Provide Tax Information.
  5. Under "Go Paperless for Year-End Tax Forms," choose your delivery preference.
  6. Click Exit to return to the main page.

Changes to delivery preference made after December 31 won't take effect until the next filing year. Also, the option to download tax forms began for 2015 year-end forms (prior years currently not included).



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