Charges, authorizations, and taxes

When you place an order, your card may first be authorized for the full amount seen in your order confirmation email. You may also see a buffer to cover differences in item prices and other fees. If you're applying a promo code or discount code to an order containing items from multiple stores, you may also see your card authorized for the full amount at first.

The final amount charged to your card will depend on item availability, discount codes applied, and any fees the store charges (like bottle deposits).

The charge will be processed through Google Pay. You’ll see separate charges for each store you order from, as well as a separate charge from Google for the shipping & service fee.

Typically you’ll see the final and actual amount charged to your card in 7–10 business days. You can confirm this amount:

  • in the email confirming your order is on its way
  • on your Orders page after delivery

If you cancel your order or return an item, it may also take 7–10 business days for the authorization to be removed.

Sales tax

Your final charge will include the appropriate sales tax based on your order. Keep the following in mind: 

  • The “Estimated Tax” at checkout may include other fees and may be an overestimate. It will be adjusted if they don’t apply to your order. The final amount will be reflected in your final charge.
  • Sales tax is calculated based on the delivery address when ordering from stores that fill orders directly from their warehouses.  
  • Sales tax is based on the store’s address when ordering from stores that fill orders from store locations instead of warehouses. Since stores are not always located in your area, the tax charged on Google Express could be different from taxes you see at your local store. 

The tax displayed at Google Express during checkout is an estimate, and the actual tax you're charged may be adjusted during shipment.

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