Georgia now an SST state. Report issued by leading Sales Tax Management Provider Avalara.

Bainbridge Island, WA – January 10, 2011 – Avalara (www.avalara.com), North America’s leading provider of automated, up-to-date sales and use tax solutions, has issued its first monthly rate and boundary update for 2011, automatically providing hundreds of new rates, rules, and jurisdiction boundary definitions to the company’s thousands of licensed users.

In preparation for the new year, taxing authorities in 22 states made 589 changes to their sales tax rates and rules; with Georgia alone accounting  for 76% of all changes. Georgia led the list for changes in December as well in preparation of becoming an associate member state of the Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) initiative, which currently has 21 full member states and four associate states. For a summary of January rate and rule changes go to www.avalara.com/Rate-and-Rule-Change-Report.

Last year, Departments of Revenue implemented over 5,500 sales tax rate and rule changes across the U.S. and 2011 promises continuing activity as states struggle to raise more funds. This further complicates tax compliance for businesses trying to keep abreast of the changes without using automated calculation services.

“These changes are a good representation of exactly how complex and difficult sales tax compliance can be for businesses of all sizes,” said Mike Gardner, Avalara’s vice president of compliance. “The year 2010 saw a remarkable number of taxability rule changes and 2011 looks to be just as busy.  As a result, an automated web-based solution like AvaTax is really the only way for companies to ensure that their calculations and collections are based on the most accurate, up-to-date information and thereby reduce their exposure to audits and penalties.”

Avalara monitors nearly 15,000 taxing jurisdictions and provides – on a monthly basis – its more than 40,000 registered users and on-demand sales tax management clients with the most up-to-date rate and boundary information available.

About Avalara
Based in Bainbridge Island, WA, Avalara – Microsoft’s SaaS Partner of the Year for 2010 – is transforming the sales and use tax compliance process for businesses of all sizes. With point-and-click ease, Avalara provides the fastest, easiest, most accurate and affordable way for companies to address their statutory tax requirements. Avalara is the industry’s most trusted provider of sales and use tax automation solutions, serving more than 40,000 registered users located throughout the U.S., Canada, and abroad, delivering more than 350 million sales tax transactions, and filing and remitting more than $10 billion in sales & use tax collections per year.  In addition, Avalara is the recognized leader in web-based sales tax services and solutions. For more information, please visit www.avalara.com.

To set up an interview with executive Mike Gardner, please contact Yvonne Tomascak, Marketing Manager at Avalara, at 206-826-4900 x1149, or email yvonne.tomascak@avalara.com.