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Avalara Reviews - Avalara’s AvaTax Receives 5-Star Rating From CPA Practice Advisor


Avalara’s industry-leading automation solution for sales tax calculations, returns, remittance and exemption certificate management is awarded highest number of stars among all six sales and use tax products reviewed

Bainbridge Island, WA – July 16, 2013 – Avalara, the market leading provider of sales tax and compliance automation services in the cloud, received a 5-star rating for its AvaTax product from the CPA Practice Advisor. The rating is the magazine’s highest number of stars awarded to any Sales and Use Tax product and Avalara was the only provider among six total to receive the 5-star rating. The review is included in the magazine's July 2013 issue and marks the second year in a row Avalara received a 5-star review. 

“This is a ‘best fit’ for businesses who must file sales tax, use tax or VAT returns in multiple jurisdictions across the United States, Canada and over 70 other countries,” said Brian Tankersley, CPA.CITP, CPA Practice Advisor technology editor, in his review. He also called Avalara a best fit for “firms with clients who are subject to Streamlined Sales Tax requirements (22 states) and want to use a tool for automation of sales tax calculation based on address verification and geospatial identification of tax jurisdictions.”

Tankersley added, “AvaTax Calc is one of the only applications which can determine the tax jurisdictions based on latitude and longitude coordinates for construction sites and other locations where a physical address is not available.”

Other strengths mentioned in the review included:

AvaTax Calc verifies address against a database of addresses, and has direct integrations for use as a sales and use tax engine for over 250 accounting, ERP, e-commerce, billing, mobile commerce (m-commerce) and point of sale applications.

  • AvaTax Certs allows customers to electronically request exemption certificates via e-mail, and allows recipients to sign digital exemption certificates with a mouse.
  • AvaTax Certs has tools for exporting exemption certificates en masse for use in audits.
  • AvaTax Returns supports preparation of returns for all U.S. tax jurisdictions.

“We put a tremendous amount of stock in CPA Practice Advisor’s reviews and ratings because we know CPAs and accountants rely on the magazine’s reviews to help influence the solutions they recommend to their clients,” said Scott McFarlane, founder and CEO at Avalara. “The entire Avalara team has worked very hard to continuously improve and extend out our product and service offering to deliver the best end-to-end, cloud-based sales tax management suite available today – and, significantly, to create more integrations into leading accounting, point of sale, e-commerce, mobile commerce, and CRM products and applications than any other sales tax automation provider, allowing a firm’s clients to quickly and easily get up and running on our service. Avalara users have much more to look forward to as we continue to make enhancements to our growing suite of products and services.”

Click here for more information on Avalara’s end-to-end sales and use tax management solutions.  

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 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 nearly 500 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.


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Avalara Author
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