I’m trying to create a budget in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Billing and Cost Management console, but when I choose Tag from the Include costs related to drop-down menu, no tags are visible. Why?

There are a few reasons why tags may not be visible in the Include costs related to drop-down menu:

  1. There aren’t any tags on your resources, or tagged resources haven’t incurred any charges yet. If you added tags to resources that haven’t generated any charges yet (for example, a stopped EC2 instance), the tag won’t be visible in the Include costs related to menu, because there’s no cost information to display.
  2. The tags were added recently, and no cost data is associated with those tags yet. It can take up to 48 hours for cost data associated with tagged resources to propagate to the Billing and Cost Management console. Wait a few hours, and then try to create a budget including cost information related to those tags again.
    Note: Cost data associated with tagged resources isn’t backdated. This means that the only cost data that will be available for recently added tags is information that was generated from the moment that those resources were tagged forward.
  3. You don’t have the permissions to view information about the tagged resource. You can only view tag information related to tagged resources that you have permission to view. For example, if you sign in as an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user, and your IAM policies don’t give you permissions to view information related to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) resources, you also won’t be able to view information related to tags on Amazon EC2 resources. Contact your account administrator (usually someone within your organization), and ask that administrator to grant you permissions to view the resources with the tags you’d like to add to your budget.

If none of these three situations apply to you, create a case with AWS Support for assistance, selecting Account and Billing Support.

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Published: 2016-07-14