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AvaTax API 18.12 Patch Notes

  • Dec 13, 2018 | Qijing Yu

This article is about the December 2018 monthly update to the AvaTax API.

Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2018-12-19
Production https://rest.avatax.com 2019-01-07

Sandbox Testing Window

The AvaTax release schedule includes a preview period where the latest software is available for integration testing in the AvaTax Sandbox Environment two weeks before launching to production. If your engineering team would like a sandbox account for integration testing purposes, please contact your account manager or open a support ticket.

Advanced Items Setup

In addition to existing basic configurations for Items, we are now allowing more advanced settings, including:

Items can be tagged into multiple classification systems. As opposed to Avalara tax code being the only way of classifying your item, we are now supporting more than 100 classification systems recognized worldwide, including HTS, TARIC, etc. We are also continuing supporting Avalara Tax Code with a system code of AVATAXCODE

Items can be set up with parameters, which were previously only allowed in transactions. Calling CreateTransaction with a pre-configured item with parameters will allow your transaction request a lot cleaner.

Definition APIs in supporting configuring Items

In assisting setting up your items to facilitate your transactions, we are providing a suite of new definition APIs:

ListParametersByItem is similar to the existing ListParameters, but provides you the more refined result set that are relevant to your profile setup (service subscriptions, nexus configuration and items). 

ListProductClassificationSystems provides all classification systems recognized by Avalara. 

ListProductClassificationSystemsByCompany is similar to the API above, but returns the more refined result set that are relevant to your profile setup (nexus configurations).

Swagger loading time is improved

We improved Swagger loading time by pre-compiling the swagger.json file and cached it in memory.

Other Fixes and Improvements

  • Enhance error code handling for Onboarding requests
  • Improve error messages for the postal code rate file API
  • Improve error message from CreateTransaction and SettleTransaction
  • Fix TaxContent API behavior for certain county/country jurisdictions
  • Fix issue where parameters listed in CreateTransaction broke if separated by a space
  • Fix issue where filtering by date range of 1900-01-01 results in an unhandled error
  • Fix unhandled exception in CommitTransaction and UncommitTransaction

Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
Avalara Author
Qijing Yu
Avalara Author Qijing Yu
Qijing Yu started her journey at Avalara in early 2015. During her time with the company, she has gained a comprehensive understanding of tax compliance as a senior engineer across various teams and products. Today, she leads the AvaTax API and Developer Relations teams.