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Avalara

HQ Location
100 Ravine Lane NE, Suite 220
Bainbridge Island, WA
98110
Telephone: 877-780-4848
Sales Tax Products Information/Sales Contact:
Sales
Direct Tel: 877-780-4848
Company Profile:

Avalara is the leader and visionary in sales tax automation for businesses of all sizes. It simplifies the complexity associated with sales and use tax and - in the process - makes compliance achievable by all. Avalara partners with nearly 160 of the world’s leading accounting and commercial software publishers to accomplish this. Its web-based offering provides the most complete set of transactional tax compliance services available, including tax calculation, exemption certificate management and returns processing. It also offers 1099 filing and reporting. Established in 2004, Avalara is a founding member and Certified Service Provider of the Streamlined Sales Tax initiative and one of the fastest-growing companies in America. It employs more than 250 professionals at its headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA and offices in Seattle; Irvine, San Diego and Rocklin, CA; Falls Church, VA and Pune, India.

Company Size: Large (41-500 Employees)
Sales Tax (SALT) Products provided: Rates, Rates with Rules, Calculations, Returns, Returns W/ Filing Service, Exemption System, SSTP Certified, Other
Sales Tax Products Coverage By Geographic Area: All States, Canada, VAT
Industries Served: Automotive, Construction, Direct Sales(MLM), E-Commerce, Food/Grocery, Food/Restaurant, Gaming, General, Hospitality/Hotels, Manufacturing, Medical, Retail & Technology/Software.
Research / Publications:

Research and other services available

Rates:

AvaRates Now is a powerful, web-based tax calculator that takes the guesswork, research and risk out of looking up sales tax rates. AvaRates Now provides:

  • Lightning-fast response time
  • Precise address validation across all of U.S. and Canada
  • Sales tax rate calculations that are accurate and reliable
  • Detailed jurisdiction breakdowns (state, county, local, special taxing authorities)
Avalara's advanced tax calculation engine is powered by an extensive database that is maintained with up-to the-minute rules, rates and boundary information reflecting the latest changes in more than 11,000 active taxing jurisdictions in Canada and the United States.

Calculation:

Our sales tax rates Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering is more than just a calculator for sales tax rates. AvaTax Calc is an easily integrated, dynamic tax decision engine. AvaTax dramatically improves accuracy because at initial calculation, AvaTax Calc:

  • Validates and corrects the address -including ZIP code +4
  • Identifies product taxability
  • Applies the most current, up-to-date tax rules and regulations
  • Verifies tax holiday status
  • Applies sourcing rules (where taxable)
  • Automatically assigns correct jurisdiction
THEN the service provides sales tax calculation for the transaction-all in real-time with no delay or interruption to workflow-and applies it in the billing system.

Exemption Cert. System:

AvaTax Certs delivers a powerful way of managing exemption certificates: online, immediately and electronically. AvaTax Certs reduces audit liability and risk through:

  • Online collection
  • Certificate verification
  • Digital storage and accessibility
  • Transaction association for each certificate
  • Expiration and upcoming renewal notification

Other:

Research and other services available.

Rates With Rules:

See above - Rates

Returns:

Sales tax calculation is only the beginning of the sales tax process. Additional work for sales tax compliance occurs after the transaction. Whether you have a full-time accounting team or a single individual working to file and remit sales tax liability payments, it is a time-consuming, budget-crunching activity.

The benefits of automating filing and remittance processes with AvaTax Returns for sales tax liability include:

  • Stress-free returns processing
  • Single source and payment
  • Reduced sales tax liability
  • Records retention compliance
  • Notice management

Returns With Filing Service:

See above - Returns

Calculation / Tax Engine:

Traditional tax-compliance processes are burdensome and error-prone. With the many issues your business faces every day, transactional tax compliance is probably the last thing you want to spend your valuable time and efforts handling. Nevertheless, in addition to being complex and costly, tax compliance is also compulsory. That's why thousands of businesses rely on our proven automated solutions, AvaTax OnDemand and AvaTax OnSite, to streamline cumbersome, error-prone tax compliance processes and reduce the risk of loss or penalty in case of an audit. These solutions automatically perform address validation, jurisdiction research and rate calculation and allow you to manage even the most complicated tax issues, such as situs, nexus, tax tiers, tax holidays, exemptions, certificate management and product taxability rules. AvaTax solutions are easy to implement and can be integrated with your accounting, e-commerce, point-of-sale, other third party or custom-built system without disrupting your existing processes.

Publications:

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Geo Intell:

Avalara is the first and only SaaS provider to develop and implement a sales-tax-specific geo-location engine, which uses latitude and longitude coordinates, instead of zip codes, to deliver the most accurate calculations in even the most complex jurisdictions. This unmatched level of accuracy gives businesses many advantages, including greater risk mitigation in the event of an audit, and reduced customer service issues related to incorrect tax rates.

Retailers using any location-aware mobile device can now accurately calculate sales tax data based on their exact geospatial location - even if the transaction is in a crowded farmers market, a new construction site or on an offshore oilrig. Avalara also provides businesses the ability to file and remit sales tax with the highest level of confidence. Avalara is making it easy for everyone - including mobile merchants - to get the right tax rate anytime, anywhere.

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