Unknown Amazon Charge?

It may be the cost of a Prime membership, plus tax.

John W. DeFeo
2 min readJan 13, 2021
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Amazon’s Prime membership fee is a flat $119.00 annually (or $12.99 monthly), but many Americans won’t see those exact amounts on their credit card bills. Why? State taxes. Thirty four U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, require Amazon to levy taxes upon Amazon Prime membership dues.

As a result, Amazon Prime members who are residents of these states will see varying amounts on their credit card statements. Here are some common examples of Prime membership fees including taxes:

Monthly Amazon Prime Charge + Sales Tax

  • $13.07
  • $13.09
  • $13.10
  • $13.15
  • $13.85
  • $13.90
  • $13.93
  • $13.96
  • $14.03
  • $14.06
  • $14.09
  • $14.11
  • $14.13
  • $14.14
  • $14.16
  • $14.19
  • $14.22
  • $14.99

Annual Amazon Prime Charge + Sales Tax

  • $120.10
  • $120.19
  • $120.29
  • $120.30
  • $124.03
  • $126.14
  • $126.88
  • $127.03
  • $127.63
  • $128.22
  • $128.52
  • $128.82
  • $129.23
  • $129.56
  • $130.01
  • $130.31
  • $131.02

Monthly Prime Student Charge + Sales Tax

  • $6.54
  • $6.56
  • $6.57
  • $6.60
  • $6.61
  • $6.67
  • $6.78
  • $6.88
  • $6.92
  • $6.94
  • $6.99
  • $7.03
  • $7.07
  • $7.11
  • $7.99

Annual Prime Student Charge + Sales Tax

  • $60.10
  • $60.15
  • $60.19
  • $60.20
  • $60.30
  • $60.40
  • $60.45
  • $60.49
  • $60.50
  • $60.55
  • $60.60
  • $60.65
  • $60.69
  • $60.70
  • $60.75
  • $60.80
  • $60.89
  • $60.90
  • $60.95
  • $60.99
  • $63.87
  • $64.61

How to Check That You’ve Been Billed Correctly

To verify that you were charged the correct amount for your ongoing or renewed Prime Membership, navigate to https://www.amazon.com/mc and click on the “Update your payment method” drop menu. Then, click the link that says “View printable receipt.”

This invoice shows the tax collected on your Prime membership fee as well as the correct subtotal. If the subtotal doesn’t match the charge on your credit card bill, then you might have an unauthorized charge.

Here is a link to Amazon’s advice regarding unknown credit card charges.

About the Author: John DeFeo is a data scientist who specializes in the analysis of Amazon reviews. He is also the moderator of “Black Friday Today,” a charitable sub-Reddit that lists daily Amazon deals.

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John W. DeFeo

Dad, analyst, artist. Grateful American. Former media executive. Website: https://www.johnwdefeo.com