BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA – July 31, 2012 – Avalara, the leading provider of web-based sales tax automation solutions for businesses of all sizes, today announced a new agreement with Microsoft, the worldwide leader in software, service and solutions, that’s aimed at increasing and facilitating the use of AvaTax, Avalara’s industry leading SaaS based sales tax solution, by Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail customers.

This agreement will raise the profile of AvaTax among Microsoft Dynamics AX customers and simplify their process to begin leveraging AvaTax within Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions. Under the agreement, an initial instance of Avalara’s extensive U.S. and global sales tax content will be available free-of-charge to all Microsoft Dynamics AX customers.

“Today’s retail customers are empowered with unprecedented choice in how and where they shop.  In this highly competitive environment, retailers need solutions to help improve employee productivity, drive operational efficiency and enhance customer service to drive their success,” said Michael Griffiths, director, Microsoft Dynamics Retail and Distribution. “Avalara’s offering is an example of the innovations possible in the critical area of tax calculation that provides retailers with both strong functionality and the ease of use necessary to succeed.”

“Avalara and Microsoft have a long standing relationship, and have taken part in numerous collaborations through the years,” said Scott McFarlane, founder and CEO of Avalara. “We have been honored to receive Microsoft’s SaaS Partner of the Year recognition and three of our integrations – Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics AX – have received Certified for Microsoft Dynamics designations. This new agreement represents a logical next step in our relationship. We are thrilled to be working more and more closely with the Microsoft Dynamics team.”

AvaTax automates tedious, high risk/no reward sales tax calculation and compliance tasks so businesses can focus on more valuable activities. Seamlessly integrated with the Microsoft Dynamics AX solution, AvaTax works in the background and ensures fast, accurate, reliable, and affordable management of the sales tax process, from calculation to reporting to filing and remittance.

“This milestone demonstrates Avalara’s commitment to delivering leading solutions and expertise for our customers,” said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Microsoft Dynamics Partners and Support Services. “We congratulate Avalara for meeting Microsoft Dynamics’ highest standards of software quality.”

About Avalara

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 more than 200 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.

In July Avalara was named to the 2012 Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club, which honors high-performing Microsoft Dynamics partners with a commitment to customers reflected in their business success and growth. This prestigious group represents the top five percent of Microsoft Dynamics partners worldwide who reach key business milestones while maintaining a constant dedication to achieving high levels of customer satisfaction and an active pursuit of product and technological advancement. This is the second year Avalara has been named to the Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club.

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.

You can read more about AvaTax in the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace      

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