Bainbridge Island, WA – October 15, 2011 – Avalara (www.avalara.com), the market leading provider of sales tax automation services in the cloud, today announced the appointment of Scott Peterson as Director of Government Affairs, effective Nov. 12.
Peterson, a seasoned veteran in tax administration, most recently served as executive director of the Streamline Sales Tax Governing Board, Inc. (SSTGB). In this role Peterson was responsible for the administrative needs of the Governing Board and its committees; he’s been involved with Streamline since its inception in 2000.
“As sales and use tax regulation becomes more complex, the need for Avalara’s SaaS-based solution only intensifies” said Peterson. “I’m glad to join the industry leader in their quest to eliminate this pain point.”
“Avalara welcomes Scott as we amplify our growth and help businesses of all sizes automate the sales tax function,” said Scott McFarlane, Avalara Founder and CEO. “Additionally, if the Congress and President decide to pass and sign an online sales tax bill, we want to ensure every seller who has to obey the new law can choose their own service provider. Scott’s unmatched sales tax management perspective at the state and national level, combined with his understanding of how technology can ease the burden, will play a key role when representing Avalara’s practical solution.”
Prior to his role at the SSTGB, Peterson was director of the Business Tax division for the South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulation. In that position he was responsible for the administration of the South Dakota sales tax, the contractor’s excise tax, and municipal sales tax. Before that Scott worked for the South Dakota Legislature specializing in tax policy.
Peterson is a veteran of the United States Army. He received a bachelor of science in political science from Black Hills State University and Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.
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 300 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.
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