Avalara Forms Strategic Alliance with Kansas Society of CPAs
- Avalara News
- April 8, 2013 | Brian Austin
KSCPA members can now access up-to-date sales and use tax educational resources, hands-on tools and partner programs
Bainbridge Island, WA – April 8, 2013 – Avalara (www.avalara.com), the market leader in automated, up-to-date sales and use tax compliance solutions, has formed a strategic alliance with the Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA), a professional member organization comprised of CPAs licensed in Kansas. The KSCPA is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs and works closely with other state CPA societies across the country.
The new alliance is designed to increase KSCPA members’ awareness of sales and use tax that accounting providers require to meet the needs of their clients and employers. In addition, KSCPA members will be able to take advantage of specific partnering programs that Avalara makes available to help them differentiate their services.
“Alliances with key vendors like Avalara are critical to our members in public practice, as well as business and industry, who need more information in technical areas such as sales and use tax reporting and compliance,” said Mary MacBain, CPA.CITP, CGMA, executive director of the KSCPA. “We also embrace Avalara’s cloud-based software-as-a-service model, as we continuously try to support technologies that will help our members become even more efficient and productive.”
Today’s announcement is part of Avalara’s quest to provide industry-leading sales tax knowledge resources to CPAs across the country. “Our aim is to be the clear leader in educating and updating accounting professionals on all aspects of sales and use tax compliance and management, including timely legislative updates,” said Marshal Kushniruk, EVP Global Business Development at Avalara. “Our alliance with the KSPCA is an important step in our strategy of connecting with the most active and vibrant state CPA societies. KSCPA members will now have access, at no additional cost, to up-to-date sales and use tax and valued added tax tools, and educational resources to better assist their clients or employers in this rapidly changing regulatory environment.”
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 the Kansas Society of CPAs
The KSCPA is a professional member organization founded on October 17, 1932 at the Hotel Jayhawk in Topeka. Its goal is to provide value to the members in the form of government affairs representation at the Kansas Statehouse and on the Council of the American Institute of CPAs, relationships with advocates at the IRS and KS Department of Revenue, young professional events and leadership programs, professional development programs designed to meet the requirements for maintaining a permit to practice in Kansas, administration of the peer review programs for the Kansas Board of Accountancy and the American Institute of CPAs, networking events, leadership activities, affinity programs, and other benefits. The mission of the KSCPA is “to implement strategies that enhance the well being of our members, the accounting professional and the general public.” For more information, visit www.kscpa.org.