Bainbridge Island, WA – April 3, 2014 – Avalara, Inc., (www.Avalara.com), a leading cloud-based sales tax and compliance automation technology provider, has formed a strategic alliance with the Illinois CPA Society (www.icpas.org), a professional member
organization comprised of over 23,000 CPAs and other finance professionals.
Illinois CPA Society members will now have access, at no cost, to up-to-date sales and use tax (SUT) and valued added tax (VAT) tools, and related resources to better assist their clients and/or their employers in this rapidly changing regulatory environment. In addition, ICPAS member accounting firms will be able to take advantage of exclusive partnering programs that Avalara will make available to help them further differentiate their services.
“Alliances with key software solution providers like Avalara are especially important to our CPA members, both in public practice and in business and industry, who need more information in technical areas such as sales and use tax reporting and compliance,” said Todd Shapiro, President and CEO of the Society. “We also believe that Avalara’s cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model, will help our members become even more efficient and productive in dealing with their clients and customers in the future.”
Today’s announcement is the result of Avalara’s ongoing efforts to provide industry leading sales tax knowledge and resources to CPAs across the country. “Our aim is to be the clear leader in educating and supporting accounting professionals in all aspects of sales and use tax compliance, including providing timely legislative updates,” said Marshal Kushniruk, EVP Global Business Development at Avalara. “Our alliance with the Illinois CPA Society is an important step in further connecting with the most proactive and forward-looking state CPA societies in the U.S.”
Avalara makes sales and VAT tax compliance simple and automatic for thousands of customers worldwide every day. Each year its SaaS-based transactional tax compliance automation software solutions deliver billions of tax decisions, manage millions of exemption certificates, file hundreds of thousands of sales tax returns, and remit billions of dollars to state and local taxing authorities.
Recognized as one of America’s fastest growing technology companies, Avalara is integrated with leading ERP and ecommerce software systems that serve millions of businesses worldwide. Founded in 2004 and privately-held, Avalara’s venture capital investors include Battery Ventures, Sageview Capital, Arthur Ventures, and other institutional and individual investors. Avalara employs more than 500 people at its headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA and in offices across the U.S. and in London, England and Pune, India. More information at: www.avalara.com
About the Illinois CPA Society
The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) is a statewide membership organization, with over 23,000 professionals, dedicated to enhancing the value of the CPA profession. ICPAS represents Illinois CPAs in public accounting and consulting, corporate accounting and finance, not-for-profit, government and education organizations as well as affiliate member groups for students, educators, international professionals and related non-CPA finance professionals.
Founded in 1903, ICPAS is the fourth largest state CPA society in the nation.