Querying Billing

    Use Stripe Sigma to retrieve information about Billing.

    Billing is made up of different components that work together to provide one-off invoices and periodic billing, with different aspects of billing data available across a number of tables. All billing-specific tables are found in the Billing section of the schema, with the primary tables being subscriptions and invoices.

    To explore billing data further, you can make use of the additional tables that represent the components of subscriptions and invoices, such as plans, products, or coupons. In addition, the customers table is a fundamental part of billing, and contains data you may need to report on.


    Each row within the subscriptions table represents data about an individual Subscription object—the same information that can be retrieved through the API or available in the Dashboard. Every subscription that has been created on your account can be reported on.

    This table is our recommended starting point for creating reports about your current subscribers. You can join this to other related tables, allowing you to explore your data in more detail.

    The following example retrieves a list of subscriptions that have been marked as unpaid, along with any available contact information for the customer.

    from subscriptions
    inner join customers
      on customers.id=subscriptions.customer_id
      subscriptions.status = 'unpaid'
    limit 5
    id customer_id email
    sub_iMxwN80mX6C7rDL cus_sYPWEVQn5nlFRvS jenny.rosen@example.com
    sub_XAJkPXiQSyXTgWZ cus_ZxQSPw02XpR32Sv noah.wilson@example.com
    sub_mPdgOYrRvYEBQi8 cus_IdipyJkHgxFx3Bd joshua.miller@example.com
    sub_iSIYBbb6TsG6xF4 cus_zGKPorZWk9QPXYu madison.jackson@example.com
    sub_v1ueZZJyMaOIHZL cus_YOLV9Nxra56IcZh elijah.smith@example.com


    Data about Customer objects is contained in the customers table (this is not part of the Billing Tables group). It is commonly used as part of billing-based reports and can be joined to a number of tables. It’s also useful if you’re creating charges with saved payment information.

    The following example retrieves a list of customers with subscriptions that are currently in a trial period. Both the ID and email address for each customer is retrieved.

    from subscriptions
    inner join customers
    on customers.id=subscriptions.customer_id
    where subscriptions.status = 'trialing'
    limit 5
    id email plan_id
    cus_OSZwAbIauaGk9gT jenny.rosen@example.com ruby-pro-522
    cus_FOvqrHLQxMRm4XX noah.wilson@example.com ruby-pro-522
    cus_TtkvH9fdwALGZax richard.jones@example.com gold-basic-221
    cus_V4Q2Z7GFPMjmZ13 madison.jackson@example.com gold-basic-221
    cus_0706sekvhz9bVi9 elijah.smith@example.com silver-pro-498

    Products & Plans

    Products describe items that your customers can purchase with a subscription. Plans are tied to products and set out the cost, billing interval, and currency. When viewing data from the subscriptions table, subscriptions.plan_id can be joined to plans.id, and plans.product_id can be joined to products.id. The following example returns a list of active subscriptions along with the product name and its statement descriptor.

    from subscriptions
    inner join plans
      on subscriptions.plan_id=plans.id
    inner join products
      on plans.product_id=products.id
      subscriptions.status = 'active'
    limit 10
    id name statement_descriptor
    sub_U5s0uKpOY0Lmz8o ruby-pro-522 Ruby Pro
    sub_HUySx5KqrYN2XRE gold-basic-221 Gold Basic
    sub_5v1fto1lNlFuUFu silver-pro-498 Silver Pro
    sub_sJm0x87BSqB9w5D diamond-mid-244 Diamond Mid
    sub_F0G4elX9JiqUMyn ruby-standard-196 Ruby Standard


    The invoices table contains data about individual Invoice objects. Each subscription generates an invoice on a recurring basis that represents the amount the customer owes. This automatically includes the amount required for the subscription, as well as any additional invoice items that may have been created (listed as line items).

    Invoices are comprised of individual (invoice) line items. These line items represent any subscriptions that the customer is billed for, as well as invoice items that have been created and applied to the invoice. To break down an invoice and analyze each of its line items, use the invoice_line_items table.

    The source_id column of this table contains the ID of either the subscription (e.g., sub_xOaB1kAPhLEGbmy) or invoice item (e.g., ii_XzT5vgkwMta1l7k) that the line item corresponds to. The source_type column reflects whether the line items represents a subscription or an invoice item.

    Unlike other foreign keys, the subscription column of the invoice_line_items table isn’t always populated. If the corresponding invoice item is a subscription, this column is blank––its ID already appears in the source_id column.

    Invoice items

    Data about Invoice items is provided in the invoice_items table. Invoice items are commonly used to specify an additional amount (or deduct an amount) that should be applied on the next invoice at the beginning of the next billing cycle. For instance, you would create an invoice item if you need to bill your customer for exceeding their monthly allowance, or if you need to provide a credit on the next invoice for unused service.

    The following example retrieves all of the invoices and associated charge IDs for a particular subscription.

    from invoices
    where subscription_id = 'sub_ALJXL9gBYtv6GJ'
    id name
    in_N1Dapz5Cb0GxpV1 ch_QUdqVWDDs2jZb3s 1999
    in_YWxlf7wT98sLV3R ch_fBi1m3QpOhYOjhv 1999
    in_etyrmvOoUxfwCDk 1999 ch_mmhyilU7TvN8lzM
    in_CQUQW43tHsjiCcM 1999 ch_J7lA54Eunpt7oZu
    in_MQAxj0ZqLernvTO 1999 ch_b3fFwP1q3ti9CmP

    Invoice totals and discounts

    The invoice subtotal represents the amount of all subscriptions, invoice items, and prorations on the invoice before any discount is applied. The invoice total is the amount after discounts and tax have been applied:

    invoice.total = invoice.subtotal - discount + invoice.tax

    There is no column to represent the discount amount on an invoice. Instead, you can calculate this by using the total, subtotal, and tax amounts:

    discount = invoice.total - invoice.tax - invoice.subtotal

    Working with invoice dates and periods

    As subscription invoices are pre-billed, the customer pays at the start of a billing period. This is reflected in the value for a line item’s period. For instance, a customer on a monthly subscription is charged at the start of each month. If they cancel, their subscription remains active until the end of that month, at which point the subscription ends.

    The period_start and period_end values of an invoice represents when invoice items may have been created–it is not always indicative of the period of service that the customer is being billed for. For example, if a customer is billed on the 1st of each month and exceeds their monthly allowance on the 15th, you might create an invoice item for any additional costs that the customer should be charged for. This invoice item is then included in the next invoice, which is created on the 1st of the next month. When the next invoice is generated, the period_start date would be 15th of the previous month: the date the additional line item was first created.

    Coupons and discounts

    A Coupon object represents an amount or percentage-off discount that can be applied to subscriptions or customers. A discount is the application of a coupon, represented by a Discount object.

    Discounts are not tabulated separately. Instead, join coupon.id to either customers.discount_coupon_id or subscriptions.discount_coupon_id . This returns the coupon information for the discount that has been applied. For example, the following query returns a list of subscriptions where a coupon was applied to create a discount, along with the coupon’s discount amount or percentage.

    from coupons
    where valid = false
    limit 5
    id amount_off percent_off
    10FF 10
    SUMMER25 25
    10FREE 10
    15OFF 15
    FALL30 30

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