Lead Tax Research Analyst

Compliance | Remote, NC, United States

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Are you excited about tax research? Do you love technology? Are you apt at problem-solving and analyzing complex legal and compliance tax issues? Do you want to join a dynamic and supportive team in a collaborative work environment that will enhance professional skill development? This is your opportunity to join a highly productive team at a fast-growing Software as a Service (SaaS) company doing what you are passionate about.

Job Description:

Avalara is dedicated to monitoring transaction taxes at the international, state, county and municipal levels and developing software that keeps pace with the dynamics in the market.

Job Duties


  • Research, analyze and document VAT/GST and other international indirect tax laws to implement and maintain tax content, and keep our products in compliance.
  • Provide VAT/GST expertise as it relates to projects
  • Monitor legislation, administrative decisions, and judicial decisions for changes in transaction taxes in assigned jurisdictional and topical areas
  • Translate statutory tax language into machine-readable product codes and taxability rule expressions for our software engine
  • Identify blockers and impediments and propose solutions
  • Create citations and annotations
  • Build productive working relationships with tax authorities to maximize the quality of our product
  • Self-manage and prioritize dynamic projects to deliver content within approved timeframes
  • Train and mentor Tax Research Analysts through effective review of work product
  • Collaborate with team members and cross-team partners to delivery holistic tax solutions
  • Provide peer review and feedback
  • Take ownership and lead projects when assigned
  • Identify opportunities to automate, streamline, and reduce redundancy in current processes.
  • Qualifications


  • A natural curiosity about technology and an interest in innovation and learning about new areas of transaction taxes
  • Relevant advanced degree or certification (i.e. Accounting, Finance, Law, Economics)
  • 8+ years of proven experience in VAT/GST with a Bachelor's degree; or 6 years related experience with a Master's degree
  • Excellent research skills, including a logical and creative approach to drilling down to specific data to surface information that is vital to the accuracy of the published content
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work in and support a team environment through collective team topics, load balancing, and sharing/receiving constructive feedback
  • Ability to multi-task, troubleshoot, and problem solve in a calm, analytical and methodical manner that also demonstrates a sense of urgency
  • Proactively participate in a dynamic and innovative tax environment by maintaining a high level of energy while being consistently dependable, efficient, and accurate
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time to achieve priority results
  • Ability to maintain organization and attention to detail
  • Analytic ability to understand and resolve client requests and tax concerns
  • Ability to use a laptop and various software, including MS Office, browsers, subscription research services, and Avalara products
  • Ability to work with large data sets in Excel
  • Demonstrated high standards of excellence in work product and professionalism
  • Preferred Qualifications


  • JD/LLM, and/or CPA/Chartered Accountant in that order of preference
  • Fluency in languages other than English are a plus
  • Familiarity with tax returns and/or government compliance
  • Familiarity with Atlassian Confluence and/or JIRA
  • Previous software implementation experience a plus
  • Eight to Ten (8-10) years research, consulting, or audit experience in international indirect tax
  • Experience with conditional statements and / or formulas in Excel and familiarity with Boolean logic
  • About Avalara

    We're building cloud-based tax compliance solutions to handle every transaction in the world. Imagine every transaction you make — every tank of gas, cup of coffee, or pair of sneakers, every movie ticket, meal kit, or streamed song, every sensor-to-sensor ping. Nearly every time you make a purchase, physical or digital, there's an accompanying unique and nuanced tax compliance calculation. The logic behind calculating taxes — the rules, rates, and boundaries is a global, layered, three dimensional mess of complexity, with compliance dictated by governments and applied by every business, every day. Avalara works with businesses of all sizes, all over the world — from corner stores to gigantic global retailers — to calculate tax accurately and automatically, at speeds measured in milliseconds. That's a massive technical challenge, in terms of scale, reliability, and complexity, and we do it better than anyone. That's why we're growing fast. Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and around the world, in Brazil, Canada, India, U.K, Belgium and across Europe.

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