Avalara Acquires HotSpot Tax, Inc., Lodging Tax Automation Provider

Avalara Acquires HotSpot Tax, Inc., Lodging Tax Automation Provider

Leader in sales, occupancy and hotel tax compliance solutions for the vacation rental industry

Bainbridge Island, WA – March 3, 2015 – Avalara, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based software delivering compliance solutions related to sales tax, VAT and other transactional taxes, today announced it has acquired HotSpot Tax, Inc., the leading provider of tax compliance solutions for the vacation rental industry.

Sales & occupancy tax compliance has become a significant problem in the $85 billion vacation rental and room sharing market. The growth of this industry has resulted in tax agencies targeting home renting marketplaces for tax compliance, and many vacation rental owners are simply unaware of or confused by their tax liabilities. Hotspot solves this problem.

HotSpot’s software platform enables anyone renting a home or room to be fully tax compliant each month with just a few clicks. HotSpot currently serves thousands of properties across the U.S., managing all aspects of occupancy-related tax requirements, including obtaining and renewing required licenses, determining and collecting the appropriate taxes, preparing and filing tax returns, remitting payments, and tracking tax rate and law changes.

“Second home and room rentals represent a significant and growing segment of the new sharing economy, which presents a variety of tax and compliance complexities for micro businesses and private owners,” said Scott McFarlane, founder and CEO at Avalara. “HotSpot Tax eliminates these challenges and is therefore a great entry into this market for Avalara. This acquisition aligns with our strategy of extending our reach into new industries, providing more businesses with a single place to turn for all of their transactional tax requirements.”

"With its well-established leadership position in cloud-based tax compliance automation, Avalara is the ideal complement for HotSpot and its customers,” said Rob Stephens, co-founder and general manager of HotSpot. “Their platform will allow us to continue to build innovative solutions for the vacation rental and related hospitality markets to meet the high demand expected in these growth areas both domestically and internationally."

Over the past decade, Avalara has developed, purchased, or licensed databases containing deep tax data and knowledge related to sales tax, excise tax, VAT and other transactional taxes decisions on millions of products in multiple industries worldwide. This acquisition serving the vacation rental industry is Avalara’s latest move to broaden and deepen its tax content.

“Well-researched and maintained content is the lynchpin for any accurate tax decision,” said McFarlane. “We look forward to leveraging HotSpot’s expertise and content into related compliance markets, including hospitality, to accelerate the growth of our Compliance Cloud platform.”

Avalara plans to operate HotSpot under the new brand name Avalara MyLodge.

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About Avalara

Avalara helps businesses of all sizes achieve compliance with sales tax, excise tax, and other transactional tax requirements by delivering comprehensive, automated, cloud-based solutions that are fast, accurate, and easy to use.  Avalara’s end-to-end suite of solutions is designed to effectively manage complicated and burdensome tax compliance obligations imposed by state, local, and other taxing authorities in the United States and internationally.

Avalara offers hundreds of pre-built connectors into leading accounting, ERP, ecommerce and other business applications. The company processes millions of tax transactions for customers and free users every day, files hundreds of thousands of transactional tax returns per year, and manages millions of exemption certificates and other compliance related documents.

A privately held company, Avalara’ s venture capital investors include Sageview Capital, Battery Ventures, Warburg Pincus, Technology Crossover Ventures, Arthur Ventures, and other institutional and individual investors. Avalara employs more than 800 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

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