Bainbridge Island, WA – December 12, 2012 – Avalara (www.avalara.com), the market leading provider of sales tax automation services in the cloud, today announced it has certified the SAP ECC AvaTax integration written by STEP UP Systems Group LLC, (www.susg.com) which manages, delivers and supports SAP implementations. The enterprise level connector allows AvaTax, Avalara’s Software as a Service (SaaS) for sales tax management, to seamlessly integrate into the SAP ECC application.
Using Avalara’s industry-leading technology, SAP ECC users can now reduce their audit risk by accurately calculating taxes based on the precise location of a sale, taking into account the city, state and municipal tax codes as well as special tax districts.
Avalara pioneered the service-based platform for tax automation and emerged as the dominant player in this market by leading the automation effort for financial, ecommerce, POS and mobility applications for businesses. Today Avalara’s SaaS solution provides a complete set of transactional tax compliance services, including tax calculation, exemption certificate management and returns processing. Additionally, Avalara offers automated 1099 filing and reporting.
Once activated, Avalara instantly automates the customer address validation, tax calculation, invoice and sales receipt process. This unmatched level of accuracy gives users many advantages, including greater risk mitigation in the event of an audit, and reduced customer service issues related to incorrect tax rates.
“Our integration with AvaTax for SAP ECC provides an affordable way for SAP users to increase productivity and significantly reduce the total cost of ownership for their enterprise tax solution,” said Lawrence Schmit, co-founder of STEP UP Systems Group, LLC. “When we began our search for a best of breed solution partnership, it only seemed logical to join forces with the market leader in the sales and use tax arena.”
Scott McFarlane, Avalara founder and CEO said, “SAP ECC users are now able to spend more time on what matters most, focusing on their customers and growing the business.”
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 and offices in Seattle WA; Irvine, San Diego and Rocklin, CA; Falls Church, VA; and Pune, India.
About STEP UP Systems Group, LLC
Founded in 2007, Chicago-based STEP UP Systems Group, LLC delivers functional and technical solutions to enterprise businesses running SAP ECC. A broad team of seasoned professionals is proficient at managing, delivering and supporting successful SAP implementations. STEP UP has partnered with leading companies in industries that include chemical, pharmaceutical, entertainment and telecommunications. Capabilities include developing successful IT strategies and building technology solutions based on specific foundations. STEP UP is a highly focused customer-centric organization, and is committed to delivering the power of SAP in a way that best works for customers and their business needs. For more information about STEP UP Systems Group, LLC, please contact public relations at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Catherine Jones at 847.205.2727.