BAINBRIDGE ISLANDS, WA – July 19, 2012 – Avalara (www.avalara.com), the market leading provider of sales tax automation services in the cloud, today launched CertExpress, an online community hub that makes it easy for buyers to create, share and manage tax exemption certificates with their sellers in a timely, organized way – fast and free-of-charge.
Avalara – who pioneered the service-based platform for tax automation and now leads the automation effort for financial, ecommerce, POS and mobility applications for businesses – expects its latest offering to dramatically streamline the exemption certificate process.
“Virtually every business in the US will either sell or buy something at some point that is tax exempt,” said Scott McFarlane, founder and CEO at Avalara. “Given the importance of presenting a valid exemption certificate at point of sale, CertExpress is clearly an idea whose time has come.”
Today, most buyers and sellers store tax exemption certificates in a folder or file cabinet in a back room, making them inaccessible or hard to find when needed. As a result, exemption certificates often expire without anyone taking notice. This can result in unproductive hours spent hunting down, correcting, renewing, and/or creating new certificates on the buyer’s side, as well as time spent by the seller searching for and requesting updated certificates when needed.
Avalara’s exemption certificate exchange makes it easy to maintain organized, current exemption certificates by helping a buyer create and submit an exemption certificate in three straightforward steps: enter business detail, gather required exemption data and generate the exemption record. Buyers can access Avalara’s free CertExpress exemption certificate wizard at https://www.avalara.com/products/certexpress.
Founded in 2004, Avalara has helped thousands of customers stay focused on their success by providing a fast, easy way to manage indirect taxes that is as accurate and affordable for small and mid-size businesses as it is for large corporations.
Avalara’s web-based solution seamlessly integrates into more than 200 accounting and business applications that span all platforms, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), ecommerce, point of sale (POS), mobile (smart phone applications) compliance (tax returns), and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Avalara also provides an Application Programming Interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) for customized integrations to virtually any platform.
Avalara is a founding member and Certified Service Provider of the Streamlined Sales Tax initiative and has been named as 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 WA; Irvine, San Diego and Rocklin, CA; Falls Church, VA; and Pune, India.