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To be able to sell in the Reserved Instance Marketplace, your first task is to register as a seller.
If you haven't created an AWS account yet, you need to do this first before you register for Reserved Instance Marketplace. Complete the instructions described in Getting Started with EC2, which provides information about creating your Amazon EC2 account and credentials.
You can access the registration process through the Reserved Instance Marketplace Seller Registration web page. If you try to create a listing and you have not registered, AWS will direct you to this seller registration page.
Registering means providing the name of your business, information about your bank, and your business's tax identification number. Usually, you only have to provide your information once. However, you can update personal and banking information through the Reserved Instance Marketplace Seller Registration web page. Log in to AWS using the account you used when you first registered and the page will send you directly to the personal and banking information pages.
AWS must have your bank information in order to disburse funds collected when you sell your Reserved Instance. The bank you specify must have a US address.
On the Manage Bank Account page, provide the following information about the bank through which you will receive payment:
Bank Account Holder Name
Bank Account Type
Specify if the bank is a personal or corporate account.
If the bank is your personal account, provide your driver's license number and the state that issued it.
If you are using a corporate bank account, you will be prompted to send via fax (1-206-765-3424) the information about the bank account.
You can change the default bank account through which you receive disbursements. Just go to the Reserved Instance Marketplace Seller Registration web page using the account you used when you first registered and the page will send you directly to the personal and banking information pages.
After you have completed the registration, AWS verifies your bank account and sets it as the default bank. You will not be able to receive disbursements until AWS has verified your account with the bank. Verification with the bank can take up to two weeks, so if your account is a new one, you will not get the disbursement as a result of a sale for up to two weeks. For an established account, it will usually take about two days for disbursements to complete.
Your sale of Reserved Instances on the Reserved Instance Marketplace might be subject to a transactional tax, such as sales tax or value-added tax. You should check with your business's tax, legal, finance, or accounting department to determine if transaction-based taxes are applicable. You are responsible for collecting and sending the transaction-based taxes to the appropriate tax authority.
As part of the seller registration process, you have the option of completing a tax interview. We encourage you to complete this process if any of the following apply:
You want AWS to generate a Form 1099-K.
You anticipate having either 200 or more transactions or $20,000 or more in sales of Reserved Instances in a calendar year. A transaction can involve one or more Reserved Instances. If you choose to skip this step during registration, and later you reach transaction 199, you will get a message saying, "You have reached the transaction limit for pre-tax. Please complete the tax interview at http://portal.aws.amazon.com/ec2/ri/seller_registration?action=taxInterview ."
You are a non-U.S. seller. In this case, you must electronically complete Form W-8BEN.
If you complete the tax interview, the tax information you enter will differ depending on whether your business is a U.S. or non-U.S. legal entity. If you are a U.S. seller, you must provide AWS with your tax identification number along with your business contact information.
After you complete the tax registration process, AWS will file Form 1099-K, and you will receive a copy of it through the U.S. mail on or before January 31 in the year after the year that your tax account reaches the threshold levels.
As you fill out the tax interview, keep in mind the following:
Information provided by AWS, including the information in this topic, does not constitute tax, legal, or other professional advice. To find out how the IRS reporting requirements might affect your business, or if you have other questions, please contact your tax, legal, or other professional advisor.
In order to fulfill the IRS reporting requirements as efficiently as possible, answer all questions and enter all information requested during the interview.
Check your answers. Avoid misspellings or entering incorrect tax identification numbers. They can result in an invalidated tax form.
For more information about IRS requirements and the Form 1099-K, see the IRS website.
After we receive your completed seller registration, you will get an email confirming your registration and informing you that you can get started selling in the Reserved Instance Marketplace.
When you sell your Reserved Instances in the Reserved Instance Marketplace, AWS will share your company’s legal name on the buyer’s statement to comply with US regulations. In addition, if the buyer calls AWS customer service because the buyer needs to contact you for an invoice or for some other tax-related reason, AWS may need to provide the buyer with your email address so that the buyer can contact you directly.
For similar reasons, the buyer’s ZIP code and country information will be provided to the seller in the disbursement report. As a seller you might need this information to accompany any necessary transaction taxes that you remit to the government (such as sales tax and value-added tax).
AWS cannot offer advice on how to do your taxes, but if your tax specialist determines that you need specific additional information, contact AWS Customer Support.
After you have successfully registered as a seller in the Reserved Instance Marketplace, you can begin selling your Reserved Instances. Selling in the Reserved Instance Marketplace requires the following steps:
Deciding which Reserved Instances you want to sell.
Identify the active Reserved Instances that you want to sell and select the upfront price at which you want to sell them. For more information, see Pricing Your Reserved Instances.
Listing your Reserved Instances.
Include your Reserved Instance in the Reserved Instance Marketplace listings. For more information, see Listing Your Reserved Instance.
Viewing, canceling, and changing your listings.
You can monitor your Reserved Instances and change your listings. For more information, see Viewing, Canceling, and Changing Your Listings.
For information about selling your Reserved Instances, see Selling Your Reserved Instances.