A credit note can be issued to a account or subscription to pay all or party of an invoice. Credit notes carry a nominal value, for example you could issue a credit note for $100 even though no money exchange hands. You issue credit notes as a gesture of good-will, in-lieu of a refund, or as an allowance. As credit notes have no actual value, they do not cost anything to issue. It is worth noting that as they have a nominal value credit notes will reduce the actual value an account needs to pay for an invoice.

For example:

1. $19.00 of credit is issued to an account

2. An invoice for $100.00 is raised for that account

3. $19.00 was paid by credit, and the remaining $81 had been paid for with a bank card.

4. You received $81 in actual revenue from this invoice as the credit note covered $19.00.

As credit notes are a form of payment they are listed on the invoicePayments of the invoice with a gateway value set to credit_note, thus for the previous example the invoice would be:

   "id" : "INV-DAA57851-4FEA-4D59-9176-F6B86329",
   "subscriptionID" : "SUB-1D1028A9-E198-46CF-9507-44440D12",
   "accountID" : "ACC-403559B2-17A5-4EAC-8CA7-2A9C7FE5",
   "name" : "Monthly Sub",
   "state" : "Paid",
   "currency" : "USD",
   "invoiceCost" : 100.00,
   "invoicePaid" : 100.00,
   "invoiceLines" : [ {
      "name" : "Monthly Fee",
      "cost" : 100.00,
      "tax" : 0.00
   "invoicePayments" : [ {
      "id" : "8EBEB95A-1BCE-4B99-A484-8FEE8F982A8B",
      "paymentID" : "PAY-2749D794-5AE2-4624-A9DD-273E338F",
      "currency" : "USD",
      "actualAmount" : 19.00,
      "gateway" : "credit_note"
      "id" : "90BEB95A-1BCE-4B99-A484-8FEE8F982A8C",
      "paymentID" : "PAY-9849D794-5AE2-AB24-A9DD-273E338F",
      "currency" : "USD",
      "actualAmount" : 81.00,
      "gateway" : "card_vault"
   } ]

Issuing and Paying with Credit Notes

Credit notes can be issued against a subscription or an account. Credit notes can be issued in any currency for any positive amount.