Offline payments made by customers credit the customer's balance. As you can see in the image below, an offline payment of $100 created a negative customer balance on the customer's account. Offline payments can be used when a customer pays in cash, check or any other form of payment that will not be recorded via the platform.
When canceling a subscription, you will get prompted to either refund the customer the remaining amount of the subscription on their credit card or their customer balance.
Credit card: An online refund will be issued and the customer will receive the refund on their credit card.
Customer balance: A credit customer balance transaction will be created on the customer's balance and this will be available for the customer to use on any sub-sequent invoice.
You can choose to charge customers in advance before the phase starts by enabling it from the settings page. Enabling this setting from the platform would result in charging the customer for the future invoice and crediting the customer balance for the future invoice total. Once the new phase starts, the invoice will be created and the customer balance will be used to settle the invoice. Note that this would only occur during a renewal process whether if it happened on the platform or via the user interface side.
When a customer balance is applied to an invoice, a debit is created to the customer balance. If a customer has a credit balance in their customer balance, any subsequent invoice created for a customer will be paid by the customer's balance in full or partially. The customer balance is always prioritized against new invoices, the balance of any amount left on the invoice after the customer balance was paid will either remain open or be charged on the default payment method on file. As shown below, after creating a subscription with a $10 plan and a quantity of 5, a total of $50 was debited from the customer's balance.
Refunding an offline payment will create a debit as an adjustment. The customer balance adjustment will be created automatically and the charge will be marked as refunded offline. It will be your responsibility to issue an offline refund to the customer either by cheque or by cash for example.
Note that certain limitations exist with the customer balance:
- You cannot apply a customer balance to a specific invoice, the customer balance can only be used against an invoice that is created after the customer balance is created
- Customer balance will automatically be applied to the next invoice created for the customer
- The customer balance will always be in the same currency as the customer currency
Updated 2 months ago