Charges attributes

Charges have the following attributes:

  • ID — the unique identification number of a charge.
  • Type — the purpose of a payment related to a charge. The following charge types exist:
    • Setup fee is a non-recurring charge for the service or resource setup.
    • Renewal fee is a non-recurring charge for the service or resource renewal.
    • Transfer fee is a non-recurring charge for the subscription transfer. 

    • Recurring fee is a monthly charge for a service or resource.
    • Subscription resource consumption is an accumulative charge based on the consumed resources records.

      The Transfer fee charges are generated only for domain subscriptions only.

      The Subscription resource consumption charges are generated only for subscriptions with the Pay as you go billing type.

  • Related operation is an operation in the platform related to a charge and mentioned in the charge description. The following related operations exist:
    • Purchasing Plan
    • Upgrade resource
    • Renewal subscription
    • Renewal resource
    • Switch Plan
    • Switch resource
    • Domain transfer

      A related operation does not always directly point to the action in the platform that caused the charge creation or change of its attributes. Consider related operations together with the charge status (see below).

      For example:

      The actual operation is reducing the resource quantity initiated by a manager.

      As the result of the operation, a charge related to the Upgrade resource operation is changed, and new charges are generated which are also related to the Upgrade resource operation.

      For the Subscription resource consumption charges, the related operation is not specified.

  • Period — the period covered by a charge. The period is measured in months. For example, one day is displayed as 0.033, and two years as 24. In the Operator Control Panel, the period is displayed in the charge description.
  • Status — charges can have the following statuses:
    • New — a charge generated for ordered but not yet paid services or resources. Charges in the New status are considered as Blocked if a subscription has the Updating status.
    • Opened — a charge does not block funds of the account balance and is generated for the future periods of services or resources usage.
    • Blocked — a charge blocks funds of the account balance. It can be generated for services or resources that are provisioned at the moment, or for the future periods of a subscription, depending on the billing type (see Charges for the subscriptions with different billing types).
    • Closed — a charge for services or resources already provisioned, and its amount is withdrawn from the account balance.
    • Deleted — a charge deleted due to changes in the service or resource provisioning, or if an unpaid order is expired and cancelled after the due order period.
    • Waiting for refund (waiting_for_refund — in the API methods) — a charge to be refunded to the account balance.
    • Refunded — a charge refunded to the account balance due to changes in the service or resource provisioning.

  • Discount — the amount of a discount applied to a charge.
  • Amount — the amount by which the account balance will be changed after the charge final processing. For subscriptions with the Pay as you go (external) billing type, the amount and discount of a charge can be negative. A negative charge corresponds to refunds to a customer on the service side without using the Refunded status.

    For details about negative charges, see the Microsoft Azure Plan guide.

  • Close date — the supposed or actual date of the charge final processing.
  • Billing date — the processing date of resource consumption in the platform. For subscriptions with the Pay as you go billing type, the billing date allows separating the date when a resource was consumed on the service side and the date when the platform acquired the consumption data.

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