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Avalara Announces Strategic Alliance with Peisner Johnson & Company

Cloud compliance automation leader teams with CPA firm devoted exclusively to State and Local Tax

Bainbridge Island, WA – May 2, 2014 – Avalara, Inc., (www.Avalara.com), a leading provider of cloud-based software that delivers a broad array of compliance solutions related to sales tax and other transactional taxes, today announced a strategic alliance with Peisner Johnson & Company, LLP (http://peisnerjohnson.com/), a Dallas-based CPA firm focused entirely on serving clients’ state and local tax needs.


Peisner Johnson and Avalara will work together to show CPAs and their clients how they can benefit from Avalara’s end-to-end sales and use tax compliance solutions by helping them to more effectively manage their sales tax reporting and compliance burden. In addition, Peisner Johnson will also be working closely with other practice firms nationwide to assist clients by offering deep sales tax knowledge, experience and support, including compliance services.

“We have traditionally resisted forming partnerships like this one, but because Avalara is 100% focused on sales tax solutions, we knew this one was going to benefit our firm, our clients and other practice firms that engage us to help their clients,” said Jerry Peisner, CPA.

“CPAs face incredible pressures in meeting the needs of their clients. State and local tax (SALT) is an area where they can be of tremendous benefit. Figuring out where their clients have filing obligations, or nexus, is usually the first step. The next thing they need is a way to automate the tax calculation function for their clients. We really like what Avalara has to offer,” said Andy Johnson, CPA.

“Jerry Peisner and Andy Johnson’s vision for their firm truly mirrors our goal of working with CPAs who have a vested interest in helping their clients solve state and local sales tax issues,” said Ray Bigley, VP of Business Development for Avalara’s accountants program. “In many instances, we spend a great deal of time educating CPAs on sales tax issues. Because Peisner Johnson already has many years of experience in this area, we are also looking forward to their broad network of affiliations in our effort to reach further into the CPA community.”

About Avalara – Making Sales Tax Less Taxing

Avalara helps businesses of all sizes achieve compliance with sales tax and other transactional tax requirements by delivering comprehensive, automated, cloud-based solutions that are fast, accurate, and easy to use.  Avalara’s end-to-end suite of solutions are designed to effectively manage the complicated and burdensome tax compliance obligations imposed by state, local, and other taxing authorities in the United States and internationally.

Avalara is integrated with leading accounting, ERP, ecommerce and other business applications. Founded in 2004 and privately-held, Avalara’s venture capital investors include Battery Ventures, Sageview Capital, Arthur Ventures, 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. More information at: www.avalara.com

About Peisner Johnson & Company, LLC

Peisner Johnson & Company is a CPA firm with a clear mission: Solve clients’ state tax problems. Because we focus exclusively on state and local taxes, we have developed a deep understanding of state tax issues. Our staff includes former state tax auditors and tax professionals from across the country, and our clients benefit from our extensive knowledge and experience and our client-first mentality. We have consulted with thousands of companies doing business across the United States and Canada in virtually every industry.


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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.