AGN and Avalara Announce Strategic Alliance
- Avalara News
- Jul 15, 2013 | Brian Austin
Bainbridge Island, WA – July 15, 2013 --Avalara, www.avalara.com, the market leading provider of sales tax and compliance automation services in the cloud, today announced the formation of a new strategic alliance with AGN International-North America, Inc. (AGN-NA) www.agn-na.org.
AGN-NA is made up of 45 of the leading accounting firms located in North America, and is part of AGN International, which in total is comprised of 195 member firms, operating from 460 offices, in 88 countries around the world.
This new alliance will enable AGN-NA member firms to access critical sales and use tax (SUT) and value added tax (VAT) information and related resources to better meet member firm clients’ needs. In addition, AGN-NA members will be able to take advantage of Avalara partnering programs specifically designed to help accounting firms expand and differentiate their services.
Rita Hood, AGN-NA Executive Director, said a key benefit of this alliance is Avalara’s Accountants Resource Center (ARC), which is immediately available to all AGN member firms. “This special-purpose website contains a wealth of important information related to Sales and Use Tax, including updated information on pending legislation, a forms library, rates tables, and links to business-critical sales and use tax information,” said Hood “We are very pleased to be working with the sales tax professionals at Avalara.” Hood also noted that AGN-NA will be able to tap into Avalara’s SUT and VAT experts for their event presentations and webinars.
Ray Bigley, VP of Business Development for Avalara’s Accounting and Advisory Services Program (AASP), pointed out that the new strategic relationship with AGN-NA is part of a larger effort to create greater awareness and closer working relationships with accounting firms across the U.S., and globally. “AGN is a major player in the international accounting associations community, and we are very pleased to begin this exciting new partnership with them and their member firms,” said Bigley. “Our new alliance gives AGN firms instant access to the most up-to-date SUT and VAT tax tools and educational resources available anywhere – giving them greater ability to assist their clients and enhance their status as trusted advisors.”
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 nearly 100 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 more than 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.
AGN International-North America, Inc. was formed in 1978, and is the North American region of AGN International, the 5th largest of the international accounting association networks. AGN-NA operates under the premise that by sharing information and resources, members’ growth and quality goals can be achieved more quickly and completely. Built on the core values of Collaboration, Excellence, Integrity, and Relationships, AGN-NA works constantly to assist member firms in achieving their individual firm goals and objectives.