Every month we like to feature a new partner on our blog as part of our Partner of the Month series. This month, we’re featuring Avalara, a company who is taking the guesswork out of charging calculating and automating sales tax.
Avalara has been disrupting the status quo in the world of sales tax management since 2004. Their team is dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes stay compliant by providing fast, easy and accurate transactional tax management. Gone are the days where you need to manage the burden of calculating, charging and reporting tax with a cumbersome and inaccurate or manual process or expensive enterprise class hardware and software systems. Avalara has pioneered a cloud-based software platform that provides an end-to-end suite of sales and other transactional tax compliance solutions.
What does this mean for you? It means you have a tax partner you can trust to keep you compliant and out of trouble.
Avalara takes all of the guesswork and legwork out of sales and transactional tax compliance. They stay up to date with the latest tax laws and requirements.
One of the laws tThey are on top of is the Marketplace Fairness Act. On May 6, 2013 the U.S. Senate passed a bill known as the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (MFA). This act would grants federal permission for states to require collection of sales tax by remote sellers (such as Internet retailers, mail-order catalogs, or phone sales) if states adopt specific measures. A vote in the House of Representatives should could happen any day. The White House has already indicated strong support and a willingness to sign it. If passed by the House and with the President’s signature, the bill would become law. For more information on this legislative activity, visit www.salestaxchanges.com.
The good news? Avalara is MFA ready. If MFA becomes law, Avalara will be ready before the law is live. Avalara customers today will likely experience little to no disruption should the bill become law. A customer would simply log into their admin console, and check the boxes for the additional states that they need to collect sales tax in and the system would begin applying the correct taxability rules to on applicablefuture orders.
By tying into all of your existing systems, Avalara is able to provide real time tax calculations via a secure internet connection. Once configured, Avalara keeps the rates, rules and boundaries up to date. Avalara provides end-to-end service from tax calculation all the way to filing and reporting, taking all of the responsibility off your shoulders. Avalara will free up your team to be able to do more important things – things that make your company money!