Understand Your monthly invoice

Overview

When you request invoiced billing, Google extends a line of credit to you for your computing costs, and you receive an invoice each month. Typically, invoiced billing is used by large businesses.

An invoice for a particular month should be available by the fifth business day of the following month. For example, your September invoice will be ready no later than the fifth business day of October. Invoices aren't generated on weekends or bank holidays, so you should expect invoices to be delayed during those periods.

If your account is configured for monthly invoicing, you can download your invoice in the following two formats:

  • PDF: The PDF format is intended for your Accounts Payable department to review your computing costs and learn how to pay Google. If your computing usage volume is very high, your PDF invoice might be summarized. Instead of providing details for every resource cost, a summarized invoice displays the cost per account or just the total cost.

  • CSV: The CSV format provides more details than those included in the PDF. You can load CSV data into a database, process the data using a program that you have written, or analyze the CSV output using a spreadsheet application. The first few lines of the CSV file identify the Cloud Billing account number, invoice date, and total amount. The subsequent lines consist of a header and the total usage and cost per SKU. Note that the invoice CSV does NOT group costs by project. You can view the project-level cost details in the downloadable Cost Table report, along with additional details you might need, such as service IDs, credit IDs, and labels. The report is accessible from the Google Cloud Console.

Columns in the CSV invoice

The following columns appear in the CSV invoice:

Field Description
Account Name The name of the Cloud Billing Account that the usage is associated with.
Account ID The Cloud Billing Account ID that the usage is associated with.
Source*
* As of your November 2019 invoice, this field was removed from the invoice CSV.
The name of the project that generated the Cloud Billing data.
Product The Google Cloud service that reported the Cloud Billing data.
Resource Type A description of the resource used by the service. For example, a resource type for Cloud Storage is Standard Storage US.
SKU ID The ID of the resource used by the service. For the full list of SKUs, see the Pricing table report.
Description A description of the type of cost for the line item.
Start Date The date when the invoice period began.
End Date The date when the invoice period ended.
Quantity The quantity of units used.
Unit The billing unit of the usage (such as hour or gibibyte month).
Amount The calculated cost of the usage.