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Simple Solution to Ecommerce Sales Tax Collection: “Any Business Can Eliminate the Complexity,” Says Industry Expert

Scott McFarlane, Avalara Founder & CEO

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA – Nov. 11, 2011 ­­– Sales tax may be in the media spotlight now, but it’s always been a huge concern for business owners, says Scott McFarlane, CEO of Avalara, the nation’s leader and pioneer in the automated sales tax service movement.

“The current discussions surrounding online sales tax collection often miss an important point: it’s easy and cost effective to add sales tax automation to the business process,” says McFarlane. “Companies of all sizes – including online retailers – can alleviate the risk and burden of sales tax compliance by outsourcing the function, just as they do payroll management.”

McFarlane speaks from experience. Since 2004 he has led a massive effort at Avalara to provide a fast, easy way to manage indirect taxes that is as accurate and affordable for small and mid-sized businesses as it is for large corporations. Avalara’s mission: to make tax compliance attainable for all. The company has more than 150 partner relationships with financial application, ecommerce and point of sale vendors and serves thousands of customers worldwide.

Available to Interview: Avalara CEO Scott McFarlane is an informative sales tax, internet, and technology industry expert who is available to discuss the issues surrounding internet taxation, marketplace fairness and technology solutions for sales tax challenges. Please contact Sheri Pollock at 206-826-4900 ext.1224 or sheri.pollock@avalara.com to schedule time.

About Avalara: Avalara was founded in 2004 by a team of tax and software industry veterans on Bainbridge Island, WA. Today Avalara offers the most complete end-to-end sales tax compliance solution available, from calculation to exemption certificate management to outsourced filing and payment.

It delivers more than 350 million sales tax transactions, and files and remits almost $10 billion in sales & use tax collections per year. In October Avalara ranked #68 on Deloitte’s Technology 2011 Fast 500™ list of fast-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean-technology companies in North America.

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Avalara helps businesses of all sizes get tax compliance right. In partnership with leading ERP, accounting, ecommerce, and other financial management system providers, Avalara delivers cloud-based compliance solutions for various transaction taxes, including sales and use, VAT, excise, communications, and other indirect tax types. Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and around the world in the U.K., Belgium, Brazil, and India.