How Am I Billed For Chargify?

This page describes how Chargify handles billing for the Chargify service. It covers how we bill for the new pricing plans (launched Feb 1st, 2017), which are based on charging a percentage of revenue that you bill through Chargify.

What Determines My Bill?

The aspects of usage that we consider when determining your bill depend on the plan to which you are subscribed. The details are always kept up-to-date on our Plans & Pricing Page.

In general, we consider the following aspects of usage:

  • Your base plan fee
  • The volume of card-based payments you have billed through Chargify (i.e. your “revenue”)
  • The number of prompted-payment invoices (i.e. non-automatic billing invoices) you issue
  • The number of non-card payments (ACH or Manual) you collect
  • The number of non-paying (free) subscribers you maintain

When Is My Usage/Revenue Calculated?

The base plan is paid in advance. All other aspects are considered “usage” and are billed in arrears.

We lock in your usage before you are billed. This gives you a chance to review our calculations if you wish. The calculation happens about 2 days before your billing date and considers all activity in your Usage Window.

Usage Windows

Your Usage Window ends at Noon Eastern Time between 2 and 3 days (at least 48 hours but no more than 72 hours) before your billing date. For example:

  • If your renewal billing date is Jan 6th at 2:00PM Eastern Time, then your Usage Window ends at Jan 4th at Noon Eastern Time
  • If your renewal billing date is Jan 6th at 1:00AM Eastern Time, then your Usage Window ends at Jan 3rd at Noon Eastern Time

Your Usage Window begins either when your last Usage Window ended or, in the case where you had no previous Usage Window (i.e. if you had just signed up or just converted to one of our new plans), at the start of your billing period (i.e. the time you signed up or converted to the new plan). When counting revenue, payments, and invoices, we remember the ones included in the previous Usage Window so that none are double counted, even if an item coincides in time with the edge of your Usage Window.

Reviewing Your Usage

We report your usage in two places for your review:

  • A summary is shown as a line item on your statement
  • Usage Details are shown in the “Billing & Plans” section of your Account

Statement Line Item Summaries

The Statement Line Item shows both the count of your usage and the amount we billed for it. For example, if you bill $100,000 through Chargify from January 1st to January 30th, your February 1st statement will have a line item indicating 100,000 dollars billed and a corresponding charge (assuming a plan that charges 1.2% of revenue) of $1,200.

For plans that include some usage, we report the full amount used in the count, even if the amount charged ends up being $0. For example, our Essential plan has a base fee of $149 but includes your first $12,417 of revenue (which is another way of saying that we charge you 1.2% of revenue with a $149 minimum). For example:

  • If you bill $10,000 in revenue on this plan, on the revenue line item we will report 10,000 dollars billed with a charge to you of $0
  • If you bill $15,000 in revenue on this plan, on the revenue line item we will report 15,000 dollars billed with a charge to you of $40 (which is (15,000 - 12,417) * 1.2%)

Usage Details

We also have a section on the “Billing & Plans” section of your Account that lists all of the transactions, invoices, or subscribers that we counted to arrive at your total usage for each Statement.

Note: Since your Usage Window is tied to your billing date and does not always represent an entire month of data, we don’t recommend trying to use this report as a financial tool for your business. We provide other tools for that purpose!

Calculating Elements of Usage

Revenue Calculations

The process to calculate your revenue for billing purposes is as follows:

  • All successful card-based payments (i.e. from credit cards and PayPal) you received during the Usage Window are selected to form your set of Card Payments.
  • All successful card-based refunds run through Chargify and your gateway are selected to form your set of Card Refunds.
  • Your Revenue Usage is calculated by subtracting the sum of the Card Refunds from the sum of Card Payments.
  • If necessary, Revenue Usage is converted to USD before being recorded. (See Currency Conversion below.)

Notes:

  • Declined payments are omitted from Card Payments - you are not charged by Chargify for having failed or declined transactions!
  • Manual/External payments are omitted from Card Payments - these are counted under a separate Usage statistic.
  • Manual/External refunds are omitted from Card Refunds
  • You cannot have a negative Revenue number for any Usage Window. If your refunds are larger than your payments in any Window, we truncate the Revenue value to 0 and you are not given a credit.
  • Refunds are monitored for abuse. Any merchant attempting to “game” refunds to avoid paying fees for their valid payments is in breach of our Terms of Service.

Invoice Counts

We simply count the number of prompted-payment Invoices created during the Usage Window.

ACH & Manual Payment Counts

We simply count the number of ACH or Manual Payments you record during the Usage Window.

Non-Paying Subscriber Counts

We count the number of Active or Trialing Subscriptions that are not collecting revenue that exist at the end of the Usage Window. Canceled subscriptions are omitted from this count.

Currency Conversion

All revenue is converted from the Site currency to USD before we record the Usage. We pull exchange rates daily from Open Exchange Rates. Then, we use the latest exchange rates we have when calculating your Revenue Usage to convert your Site’s total revenue to USD.

Aggregation Across Sites

We aggregate all of your usage across all of your live Sites. When conversion (such as currency conversion) is necessary, we first sum the usage for each Site, perform the conversion for each Site, then sum all of the converted values to arrive at the total Usage.