Understand the terms in your Azure usage and charges file

The detailed usage and charges file contains daily rated usage based on negotiated rates, purchases (for example, reservations, Marketplace fees), and refunds for the specified period. Fees don't include credits, taxes, or other charges or discounts. The following table covers which charges are included for each account type.

Account type Azure usage Marketplace usage Purchases Refunds
Enterprise Agreement (EA) Yes Yes Yes No
Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) Yes No No No

To learn more about Marketplace orders (also known as external services), see Understand your Azure external service charges.

See How to get your Azure billing invoice and daily usage data for download instructions. The usage and charges file is available in a comma-separated values (.csv) file format, which you can open in a spreadsheet application.

List of terms and descriptions

The following table describes the important terms used in the latest version of the Azure usage and charges file. The list covers pay-as-you-go (PAYG), Enterprise Agreement (EA), and Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) accounts.

Term Account type Description
AccountName EA Display name of the enrollment account.
AccountOwnerId EA Unique identifier for the enrollment account.
AdditionalInfo All Service-specific metadata. For example, an image type for a virtual machine.
BillingAccountId EA, MCA Unique identifier for the root billing account.
BillingAccountName EA, MCA Name of the billing account.
BillingCurrency EA, MCA Currency associated with the billing account.
BillingPeriod EA The billing period of the charge.
BillingPeriodEndDate EA, MCA The end date of the billing period.
BillingPeriodStartDate EA, MCA The start date of the billing period.
BillingProfileId EA, MCA Unique identifier of the EA enrollment or MCA billing profile.
BillingProfileName EA, MCA Name of the EA enrollment or MCA billing profile.
ChargeType EA, MCA Indicates whether the charge represents usage (Usage), a purchase (Purchase), or a refund (Refund).
ConsumedQuantity PAYG See Quantity.
ConsumedService All Name of the service the charge is associated with.
Cost EA See CostInBillingCurrency.
CostCenter EA, MCA The cost center defined for the subscription for tracking costs (only available in open billing periods for MCA accounts).
CostInBillingCurrency MCA Cost of the charge in the billing currency before credits or taxes.
CostInPricingCurrency MCA Cost of the charge in the pricing currency before credits or taxes.
Currency PAYG See BillingCurrency.
Date EA, MCA The usage or purchase date of the charge.
ExchangeRateDate MCA Date the exchange rate was established.
ExchangeRatePricingToBilling MCA Exchange rate used to convert the cost in the pricing currency to the billing currency.
Frequency EA, MCA Indicates whether a charge is expected to repeat. Charges can either happen once (OneTime), repeat on a monthly or yearly basis (Recurring), or be based on usage (UsageBased).
IncludedQuantity PAYG The amount of the meter that is included at no charge in your current billing period.
InstanceId PAGY See ResourceId.
InvoiceId EA, MCA The unique document ID listed on the invoice PDF.
InvoiceSection MCA See InvoiceSectionName.
InvoiceSectionId EA, MCA Unique identifier for the EA department or MCA invoice section.
InvoiceSectionName EA, MCA Name of the EA department or MCA invoice section.
IsAzureCreditEligible EA, MCA Indicates if the charge is eligible to be paid for using Azure credits (Values: True, False).
Location EA, MCA Datacenter location where the resource is running.
MeterCategory All Name of the classification category for the meter. For example, Cloud services and Networking.
MeterId All The unique identifier for the meter.
MeterName All The name of the meter.
MeterRegion All Name of the datacenter location for services priced based on location. See Location.
MeterSubCategory All Name of the meter subclassification category.
OfferId EA, MCA Name of the offer purchased.
PartNumber EA Identifier used to get specific meter pricing.
PlanName EA Marketplace plan name.
PreviousInvoiceId MCA Reference to an original invoice if this line item is a refund.
PricingCurrency MCA Currency used when rating based on negotiated prices.
Product MCA See ProductName.
ProductId EA, MCA Unique identifier for the product.
ProductName EA Name of the product.
ProductOrderId EA, MCA Unique identifier for the product order.
ProductOrderName EA, MCA Unique name for the product order.
PublisherName EA, MCA Publisher for Marketplace services.
PublisherType EA, MCA Type of publisher (Values: firstParty, thirdPartyReseller, thirdPartyAgency).
Quantity EA, MCA The number of units purchased or consumed.
Rate PAYG See UnitPrice.
ReservationId EA, MCA Unique identifier for the purchased reservation instance.
ReservationName EA, MCA Name of the purchased reservation instance.
ResourceGroupId EA, MCA Unique identifier for the resource group the resource is in.
ResourceGroupName EA, MCA Name of the resource group the resource is in.
ResourceId EA, MCA Unique identifier of the Azure Resource Manager resource.
ResourceLocation EA, MCA Datacenter location where the resource is running. See Location.
ResourceName EA Name of the resource.
ResourceType MCA Type of resource instance.
ServiceFamily EA, MCA Service family that the service belongs to.
ServiceInfo1 All Service-specific metadata.
ServiceInfo2 All Legacy field with optional service-specific metadata.
ServicePeriodEndDate MCA The end date of the rating period that defined and locked pricing for the consumed or purchased service.
ServicePeriodStartDate MCA The start date of the rating period that defined and locked pricing for the consumed or purchased service.
SubscriptionId All Unique identifier for the subscription.
SubscriptionName All Name of the subscription.
Tags All Tags assigned to the resource. Doesn't include resource group tags. Can be used to group or distribute costs for internal chargeback. For more information, see Organize your Azure resources with tags.
Unit PAYG See UnitOfMeasure.
UnitOfMeasure All The unit of measure for billing for the service. For example, compute services are billed per hour.
UnitPrice EA The price per unit for the charge.
UsageDate PAYG See Date.

Note some fields may differ in casing and spacing between account types. Older versions of pay-as-you-go usage files have separate sections for the statement and daily usage.

Ensure that your charges are correct

To learn more about detailed usage and charges, read about how to understand your pay-as-you-go or Microsoft Customer Agreement invoice.

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