When met, the billing threshold is a set amount that triggers billing for advertising costs. We charge your primary payment method when you reach your billing threshold or your monthly billing date, whichever comes first. The following graph shows an example: In your first 30-day period, your charges are well below your billing threshold of $50, so we charge your primary payment method on your monthly billing date. In the next 30-day period, you hit your billing threshold a few days before your monthly billing date, so we charge your primary payment method at that time.
Your monthly billing date is the date that you signed up for Microsoft Advertising. Your primary payment method will be charged on your monthly billing date with one exception:
Billing thresholds start out low (for example, if your account is billed in US dollars, the billing threshold starts at $50) and will automatically increase when you make successful payments. The amount of increase depends on your currency and other factors. Alternatively, Microsoft Advertising automatically decreases your billing threshold if you run into problems paying your charges.Example: When you pay
Let’s assume you signed up for Microsoft Advertising on October 22 and have a postpay account billed in U.S. dollars. As a new customer, your billing threshold is set by default to $50 and your monthly billing date is the 22nd of each month. From October 22 to November 21, you spend $47.50, so we charge you that amount on November 22, your first monthly billing date. Your campaign takes off in late November and by December 7, you have $50 in charges. We charge your payment method on December 8. You reach the billing threshold two more times, and we increase it to $100.
For customers in India: Due to a new regulation by the Reserve Bank of India (known as India E-Mandate) payments may not be processed if the credit card was added to your account after April 1, 2021. We recommend the following:
In light of the Reserve Bank of India directive restricting the storage of card data effective September 30, 2022, Microsoft Advertising will be removing all stored card information from the portal. This directive prevents Microsoft and other online merchants from storing card information of customers located in India.
On or after October 1, 2022, you will need to add your card details and verify your payment method in the Microsoft Advertising portal in order to add funds to your account or settle any balances. If you have any recurring payments set up, they might decline too, and you will have to manually make the payments. Learn more
You can set a limit on the amount Microsoft Advertising can charge your payment method. For example, if your billing threshold is $2,500, but you don't want charges to your credit card that are greater than $2,000, you can set a limit.
Although you can set a limit that is higher than the current billing threshold, we will continue to charge you when you reach the billing threshold that is defined by Microsoft Advertising for your account. If the threshold increases and exceeds your limit, we will charge you when you reach your limit.
The billing threshold only reflects advertising costs. It does not include any mandatory taxes. You will have to separately factor for taxes in your advertising spend if your business is located in a country/region where online services are taxed. So, using the $2,000 limit as an example, we'll charge you $2,000 plus any applicable taxes once you hit your billing threshold. See Tax or VAT information to learn more about taxes in your country/region.
Let’s say your current billing threshold is $50 with a maximum over time of $2,500. You can set your limit at $2000, but we’ll continue to charge you when you reach the billing threshold until we raise the billing threshold over time and it reaches your limit of $2,000.
Only a Super Admin or a Standard User can adjust a billing threshold. Learn more about user roles.