AvaTax now available for PrestaShop Merchants’ Community

Bainbridge Island, WA – March 19, 2012 – Avalara (www.avalara.com), the market leader and visionary in sales tax automation for businesses of all sizes, today announced PrestaShop, the fastest-growing open-source e-commerce solution worldwide, has joined Avalara’s expanding list of certified Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners.

Avalara’s OEM partners are software publishers that integrate Avalara’s software as a service (SaaS) offering for sales tax management directly into their own applications, typically under their own brand name. Avalara has concentrated on building OEM relationships since its inception and today its partner applications span all platforms, including enterprise resource planning (ERP) and financial/accounting, point of sale (POS), e-commerce, m-commerce, compliance, and customer relationship management (CRM) systems.

“PrestaShop is dedicated to offering the best e-commerce solution to its community and merchants; we are especially proud to team with Avalara and incorporate its AvaTax service into our application” explains Matt Serralta, chief operating officer at PrestaShop, Inc. “It is definitively a great asset for our users, who will be able to easily manage and remain up-to-date on increasingly complicated tax regulations.”

CEO and Founder Scott McFarlane said, “The rapid growth of our OEM partnerships represents a milestone on our quest to become the de facto transactional tax service provider across all applications and channels.  As one of America’s fastest-growing companies, Avalara is proud to welcome PrestaShop and its worldwide family of 115,000 merchants into our ever-expanding community.”

This Tuesday, March 20, PrestaShop will host its first U.S. Barcamp in New York, at which Avalara will present a seminar on how to stay compliant amidst the changing landscape of Internet Sales Tax. The seminar will be held at 82 Mercer Street from 9 am to 5 pm.

About Avalara

Avalara is the market 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 170 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.

Avalara currently serves more than 60,000 registered users globally and calculates VAT, sales and use taxes on more than 750 million transactions annually. It also manages more than 1.5 million exemption certificates, submits approximately 500,000 returns and files and remits nearly $10 billion in sales and use tax collections per year

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 275 professionals at its headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA and offices in Seattle; Irvine, San Diego and Rocklin, CA; Falls Church, VA and Pune, India.

About PrestaShop

Founded in 2007, PrestaShop is the world’s fastest-growing e-commerce solution and powers more than 115,000 online stores worldwide.

PrestaShop is home to an open-source community of more than 300,000 members including online merchants, web agencies, developers and web designers from more than 150 countries. It can be downloaded free-of-charge at www.prestashop.com.

PrestaShop’s e-commerce software is downloaded more than 2,500 times per day and offers 275+ powerful features including multi-store management, advanced layered navigation, cutting-edge mobile solutions, and social media integration.

PrestaShop’s industry partners include leading Internet companies such as Avalara, Authorize.Net, eBay, Google, and PayPal among many others.