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About consolidated billing

Consolidated billing is a popular choice for agencies, resellers, and large advertisers who work with multiple AdWords accounts and want to streamline their billing by receiving just one monthly invoice. This feature also allows you the convenience of being able to move accounts to monthly invoicing, and from one invoice to another, without having to contact us. This article will show you how to find out whether you qualify to use consolidated billing, and how it works.

Requirements for consolidated billing

  • To use consolidated billing you'll need to have, or create a manager account.
  • You must use the monthly invoicing payment setting to pay for advertising costs. That is, you receive a line of credit from Google and pay down your costs according to agreed-to terms and conditions. If you don't use monthly invoicing, you might be eligible to apply.
  • All accounts that will share an invoice must use the same currency. If there is more than one currency across the accounts you will receive one consolidated invoice per currency.

How it works

As you might know, in AdWords there's a difference between an AdWords account and an invoice setup. 

AdWords account

Invoice setup

This is the account you access when you sign in, and it's used to create ad campaigns. An AdWords account is connected to a single invoice setup.

This is used to pay for products and services. You can use an invoice setup to pay for multiple AdWords accounts.

If you pay for multiple AdWords accounts, you'll receive an invoice for each one. But if you put those AdWords accounts on consolidated billing, you'll receive just one monthly invoice. On the invoice, you'll see the amount spent for each AdWords account, the purchase order number, and a total amount due. You'll only need to make one invoice payment to cover all your costs.

Here's a comparison of standard billing and consolidated billing:

Standard Billing:

Standard billing

One AdWords account

Invoice created for one account

Invoice delivered

 

Consolidated Billing:

Consolidated billing

Multiple AdWords accounts

Invoices consolidated for all accounts

Invoice delivered

 

If you'd like more detailed information about costs in each AdWords campaign -- clicks, impressions, adjustments, or credits, for example -- you can download a spreadsheet (in .csv format). We'll also provide a .zip file containing a monthly cost report, showing activity for each AdWords account, making it convenient for you to report ad serving costs with each account you manage.

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