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Avalara and LEA Global Announce Strategic Alliance

Avalara Inc., a leading provider of sales tax and compliance automation services in the cloud, announced today the formation of a new strategic alliance with The Leading Edge Alliance (LEA).

LEA Global (www.the-lea.com) is made up of more than 200 of the leading accounting firms located around the world, including 17 of the top 100 firms in the US. LEA Global is the second largest association of independent accounting firms around the globe, serving clients from 586 offices, in over 100 countries.

This new alliance will enable Leading Edge member firms to access Avalara’s online Accountants Resource Center, giving them up-to-date sales and use tax (SUT) and value added tax (VAT) information, and related resources, to better meet firm clients’ needs.  In addition, LEA member firms will be able to take advantage of Avalara partnering programs specifically designed to help market-leading accounting firms expand and differentiate their services.

“Correctly and efficiently automating sales and use tax is an attractive proposition for any firm,” said Karen Kehl-Rose, President at LEA. “Our new alliance with Avalara should be a tremendous benefit to our member firms and their clients. We are happy to provide our member firms with access to Avalara’s experience and partnering programs, which is just one more way that LEA can contribute to our member firms’ growth.”

Ray Bigley, VP of Business Development for Avalara’s accountants program, points out that forming the strategic relationship with LEA Global is part of an ongoing effort to create greater awareness and closer working relationships with accounting firms across the U.S., and globally: “LEA Global is a major player in the international accounting association community, and we are very pleased to begin this exciting new partnership with them and their member firms,” said Bigley. “Our new alliance gives LEA firms instant access to up-to-date sales and use tax tools and educational resources, enabling them to better assist their clients, and enhance their status as trusted advisors.”

About Avalara

Avalara makes sales and VAT tax compliance simple and automatic for thousands of customers every day. Its SaaS-based, sales tax and compliance automation software solutions span the compliance spectrum; each year these solutions deliver billions of tax decisions, manage millions of exemption certificates, file hundreds of thousands of sales tax returns, and remit billions of tax dollars to states nationwide.

Recognized as one of America’s fastest growing technology companies, Avalara is integrated with leading ERP and ecommerce software systems that serve millions of businesses worldwide. Founded in 2004 and privately-held, Avalara’s venture capital investors include Battery Ventures, Sageview Capital and other institutional and individual investors. Avalara employs more than 500 people at its headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA and in offices across the U.S. and in London, England and Pune, India.

About LEA Global

Founded in 1999, LEA Global is the second largest international association in the world, creating a high-quality alliance of more than 200 firms focused on accounting, financial and business advisory services. LEA Global firms operate from more than 586 offices in over 100 countries, giving clients of LEA Global firms access to the knowledge, skills and experience of more than 2,056 partners and 23,090 staff members.

LEA Global firms' combined annual revenue totals more than $2.9 billion. In the United States, many of LEA Global firms stand out as leaders in their markets — 17 of our firms rank in the Top 100 U.S. firms.

LEA Global firms' unique alliance enables them to maintain their independence, while working together to provide the ultimate in client service and providing valuable access to understand the cultural and commercial norms across the globe.

To read more about the power LEA Global can provide clients, go to www.leadingedgealliance.com.

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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.