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Define Payment Methods


Define Payment Methods

Payment methods are the ways in which customers pay for their subscription services. A customer can choose a payment method based on your company’s list of preferred payment methods.

Payment Methods and Accounting Codes

With each payment method, you can also set up corresponding accounting codes that tie into your accounting system. Such accounting codes will ensure that your payments are put into the correct payment account, which makes it easier to reconcile.

Set Payment Methods

The payment methods you set up will appear in a pick list when you set up the billing and payment terms for a customer within the customer account.

You can define the following payment methods:

Payment Method Description

An Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment is a form of electronic funds transfer (or bank transfer) that provides a secure, efficient method of receiving payments through the ACH Network.

ACH is also called direct debit.

Bank Transfer

Bank Transfer is a form of EFT (electronic funds transfers) and a means of collecting payment from a customer by pulling the funds directly from their bank account and transferring it to the merchant's account. It is referred to by different names in different countries, for example, in the United States it may be referred to as ACH and in the United Kingdom it is called UK Direct Debit.

The following types of direct debit payment types are supported by Zuora in addition to ACH:

  • SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area)
  • BACS (UK Direct Debit)
  • BECS (Australian Direct Debit)
  • New Zealand Direct Debit

Cash is money in the physical form of currency, such as bank notes or coins.


Cash is money in the physical form of currency, such as bank notes or coins.

CC Reference Transaction

This is a credit card reference transaction. If you need to re-charge a credit card and you are not storing the credit card information in your local database, you can perform a CC reference transaction. A reference transaction takes the existing credit card information that is on file and reuses it. This method of payment is available if PayPal is used as the payment gateway.


A check is a negotiable instrument instructing a financial institution to pay a specific amount of a specific currency from a specified demand account held in the maker/depositor's name with that institution.

Credit Card

Purchasers can use credit cards to buy goods based on the card holder’s promise to pay for these goods and services. Only Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards can be used at this time.

Debit Card

A debit card is also known as a banking card, check card or ATM card. It is used as an alternative to cash when making purchases; the funds for a debit card purchase are withdrawn directly from the bank account. Only Signature (or PIN-less) debit cards that have a Visa or Mastercard logo may be used.


With PayPal, customers can send payments securely online using a stored value account that is linked to a credit card, Signature (PINless) debit card or bank account.

Wire Transfer

A wire transfer is a method of transferring money from one person or institution (entity) to another. A wire transfer can be made from one bank account to another bank account or through a transfer of cash at a cash office.


Use this option for payment methods other than any of the above methods.