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Avalara Makes Sales Tax Quicker for QuickBooks Online Users

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA – August 17, 2012 - Avalara (www.avalara.com), the market leading provider of sales tax automation services in the cloud, today announced its geo-location sales tax engine now integrates into the online financial management program from Intuit Inc., makers of the best-selling QuickBooks software. By partnering with MuleSoft, the most widely used integration platform for connecting SaaS and enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise, Avalara now provides instant integration with QuickBooks Online.
Using Avalara’s industry-leading technology, small businesses can 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.

Configuring the QuickBooks Online integration application is simple and once activated, Avalara instantly automates the customer address validation, tax calculation, invoice and sales receipt process. This unmatched level of accuracy gives businesses many advantages, including greater risk mitigation in the event of an audit, and reduced customer service issues related to incorrect tax rates.

“Avalara eases the burden of statutory sales tax requirements 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,” said Scott McFarlane, Avalara founder and CEO. “QuickBooks Online users are now able to spend time on what matters most, delighting their customers and growing the business.”

The instant integration to QuickBooks Online is managed on CloudHub, the leading cloud integration platform from MuleSoft. CloudHub is an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) that allows SaaS providers to build and deploy pre-packaged integrations to third party applications, without creating custom code. The pre-packed integrations, or integration apps, provide deeper connectivity to third party applications such as QuickBooks Online, giving SaaS providers the ability to drive new business with simple add-on services.

“Integration is the number one concern for customers when selecting a SaaS application today,” said Chris Purpura, VP and GM of Cloud Integration at MuleSoft, “By providing integration as a part of their application, SaaS providers eliminate objections in their sales cycles, lower customer churn rates, and higher customer satisfaction scores. We are thrilled to be working with Avalara and are excited to provide the integration layer that connects them to the QuickBooks Online market segments.”

Integration to QuickBooks Online is available as an add-on service to AvaTax. Businesses can get started today by simply subscribing to the integration service.

Avalara will be hosting a free online demonstration of AvaTax for QuickBooks Online on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT. Space is limited so those interested should reserve a webinar seat now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/854123617

About Avalara
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 275 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 MuleSoft
MuleSoft provides the most widely used integration platform for connecting SaaS and enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise. With the rise of cloud and mobile, enterprises face a choice: get overwhelmed by the resulting explosion of end points or seize the opportunity to gain competitive advantage.

Founded on the idea that connecting applications should not be hard, MuleSoft lets organizations harness the power of their applications through integration. MuleSoft’s Anypoint™ technology eliminates costly, time-intensive point-to-point integration, enabling business agility. Delivered as a packaged integration experience, CloudHub™ (formerly Mule iON) and Mule ESB™ (Enterprise Service Bus) are built on proven open source technology for the fastest, most reliable on-premise and cloud integration without vendor lock-in. Supporting billions of transactions per day, MuleSoft is used in production by thousands of enterprises, including Walmart, MasterCard, Nokia, Nestlé and Honeywell, and powers integrations with leading SaaS vendors such as Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Workday, Intuit and Zuora.

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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.