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Avalara Forms Strategic Alliance With BKR International


BKR member firms get instant access to business-critical SUT and VAT Information

Bainbridge Island, WA – April 1, 2013 – Avalara (www.avalara.com),  the market leading provider of sales tax and compliance automation services in the cloud, has formed a strategic alliance with BKR International, a global alliance of 150 leading accounting and consulting firms operating in over 70 countries around the world.


The alliance focuses on the timely sharing of critical sales and use tax (SUT) and value added tax (VAT) information that accounting providers require to meet the needs of their clients. In addition, BKR member firms will be able to take advantage of specific partnering programs that Avalara makes available to accounting firms to help them expand and differentiate their services.

“We are very pleased to enter this important new relationship with Avalara,” said Maureen Schwartz, executive director of BKR. “The regulations and challenges surrounding U.S. sales and use tax and value added tax issues globally, are constantly changing. Our member firms will benefit greatly by having ready access to Avalara’s broad base of expertise and experience.”

“Our new relationship with BKR International is important to Avalara in several ways,” said Marshal Kushniruk, Avalara’s executive vice president for Global Business Development. “Not only will we create new opportunities to serve clients in North America, but forming relationships with BKR’s international firms will help drive our global expansion strategies as well. In addition, all BKR member firms will get access to up-to-date SUT and VAT tools and educational resources to better assist their clients and enhance their trusted advisor status.”

About Avalara

Founded in 2004, Avalara pioneered a service-based platform for sales tax and compliance automation and has been recognized for years as one of America’s fastest growing technology firms. The company’s cloud solutions help thousands of customers stay focused on their core businesses by providing automated end to end compliance services including sales and use tax calculation, exemption certificate management, filing and remittance, and a broad array of related services.

Avalara built its technology platform and extensive user base using internal expertise and the strategic acquisition of industry leading organizations, technologies, and personnel. Operating behind the scenes via seamless integration with virtually any business management system, Avalara delivers fast, easy, accurate, and affordable solutions for companies of any size.

On the international front, the company supports 79 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. It serves tens of thousands of registered users globally and calculates VAT, sales and use taxes on one billion transactions annually. The company employs nearly 400 professionals at its headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA and offices in Seattle WA; Irvine, San Diego and Rocklin, CA; Falls Church, VA; Raleigh, NC; Harrisburg, PA; and Pune, India. For more information, visit www.avalara.com.

About BKR International

As one of the top 10 global accounting associations, BKR International represents the combined strength of more than 150 independent accounting and business advisory firms in over 300 offices and 70 countries.  Large enough to offer a full range of services, yet small enough to provide personal service and connections, BKR member firms are committed to delivering superior client service throughout the world. For more information, go to www.bkr.com.



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Brian Austin
Avalara Author Brian Austin
Brian is Director of Industry Relations at Avalara, working closely with accountants, bookkeepers, consultants and other apps within Avalara’s expansive partner ecosystem, helping to spread the word about Avalara's compliance solutions for sales tax, 1099 and more