Avalara customer events

Stay up to date on tax trends, network with other customers, and learn Avalara tips and tricks

Avalara Activate events

Avalara Activate events offer customers a chance to dive deep into topics that may impact their business and tax compliance footprint. These events feature a keynote presentation then breakout sessions so customers get a thorough understanding of some of the more complex topics that challenge the world of tax compliance. These events are hosted virtually in 2020.


Avalara Activate — 2021 sales tax changes (virtual event)

Each year, Avalara tax experts meticulously research, reflect on, and deliberate the impacts of new and revised sales tax laws on different industries and business types. Join us as we breakdown how COVID-19 affected sales and use tax compliance, and how will it continue to do so in 2021.

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Upcoming events

Avalara Activate — 2021 sales tax changes (virtual event)

Thursday, January 21, 2021

With 2021 right around the corner, it’s time to prepare for a brand-new year by taking stock of recent changes and notable trends in the realm of sales tax. Strategize for a successful 2021 by arming yourself with the most relevant and timely information possible.

Avalara Activate — Confessions of former auditors (virtual event)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Surviving an audit is all about taking preemptive steps. To help you along that path, we’ve gathered a panel of former state tax auditors who promise to reveal insider tips and tricks for developing an audit-ready strategy.

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Avalara Activate benefits

Hear from subject matter experts
Hear from subject matter experts

Past speakers include public officials, state and local tax partners, and Avalara experts.


Network with other Avalara users
Network with other Avalara users

Join local sales tax and finance professionals from a variety of industries.

Learn best practices
Learn best practices

Get tips for sales tax compliance and how to get the most from your Avalara solutions.

 Earn CPE credit
Earn CPE credit

Avalara offers 1 CPE credit for attending an Activate keynote presentation. 

 Meet your Avalara team
Meet your Avalara team

Hear from product experts and chat with Avalarians throughout the event.

Have fun
Have fun

Join a customer happy hour event, participate in tax trivia, and enjoy complimentary lunch on us.


Learn best practices and tips and tricks from leading experts on sales tax compliance. Topics cover everything from preparing for a sales tax audit, new laws for selling via a marketplace, drop shipping rules, new legislation, and much more.


Master the basics of sales tax

Even though most U.S. businesses are required to collect and remit sales tax, few understand all the rules or how to comply with them in an efficient manner. in this webinar, we will address the most important aspects of sales tax compliance and answer common customer questions. 

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Upcoming webinars

Master the basics of sales tax

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Trust us, if you feel confused and overwhelmed by the mere mention of sales tax and all that it involves – you’re not alone.  In this webinar, Avalara tax experts will address the most important aspects of sales tax compliance for businesses today.

VAT, global marketplaces, and customs: What you need to know right now

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

With ramifications of Brexit looming large and the overall complexity of ever-changing international compliance obligations, businesses that transact on a global scale need to understand the essentials of global trade. Find out how to stay compliant and avoid extra taxes, tariffs, and penalties while keeping your cross-border sales going strong.

Product demo: Avalara Consumer Use

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

“Use tax compliance has been a back-burner item for a long time. This will give us the capability to finally get into compliance.” –Tax analyst with a major internet services company. In this webinar, we’ll demonstrate Avalara Consumer Use and how it can manage consumer use tax efficiently. 

On-demand presentations

The top 5 challenges of managing consumer use tax

If your business isn’t required to pay sales tax on a purchase, did you know you may be required to pay consumer use tax? Mismanagement of consumer use tax is a common compliance error found by state auditors. Don’t leave your business open to that risk. In this webinar, we explore the most common use tax challenges that companies face when improving and automating the management of tax liability on company spend. 

The state of Wayfair: Economic nexus 2 years later

Fast forward two years, and all but two of the 45 states with a general sales tax have adopted economic nexus laws, leaving many businesses with sales tax obligations in multiple states. But thresholds vary by state and continue to change, making compliance anything but simple. Watch this webinar to understand how economic nexus laws have changed over the last two years and how your business can efficiently manage sales tax in light of economic nexus. 

2020 sales tax changes: Mid-year update

COVID-19 has affected everything from buying habits to business operations, and even tax policies. Watch our midyear update to learn more about the impact on sales tax obligations, the changes you can expect to see over the next six months, and how it all impacts your business.

2020 tax concerns for manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors

If you’re a tax-exempt seller, you won’t want to miss this webinar recording. We dive into tax tips specific to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors to help your business stay on top of its tax compliance A-game.

What next? Creating a cross-border strategy to thrive in the new normal

To succeed in this borderless world of ecommerce, it’s important to have a strategy in place to ensure international customers have a frictionless and transparent experience. Join us in this upcoming webinar, hosted by Digital Commerce 360 and sponsored by Avalara, as we discuss strategies to successfully grow your business globally. 

Navigating sales tax compliance during COVID-19 business recovery

Managing sales tax may seem trivial as your business plans to revive operations post-COVID-19, but it’s never been more important. Hear Diane Yetter of The Sales Tax Institute explain why sales tax audits may increase as states look to recoup lost revenue, and tips to manage tax compliance in a post-COVID world. 

Consumer use tax 101: What it is & why you should actively manage it

If your business isn’t managing consumer use tax, you may be making a costly mistake. Get an in-depth introduction to the intricacies and risks every company faces when it comes to use tax, and strategies to overcome them.

Streamlined Sales Tax: The initiative simplifying sales tax for businesses

What if you could simplify your company's sales tax requirements and pay less to maintain compliance? It’s possible with Streamlined Sales Tax (SST), and if you qualify, member states will cover the cost of registration, sales tax calculations, returns preparation, and state filing and remittance for your business. Watch this webinar to learn more. 

Answered: The most commonly asked questions about sales tax

There's no denying sales tax is complex. We know you've got questions. That's why we compiled some of the most common questions we get asked about sales tax and answered them in this one-hour presentation.

10 sales tax rules to live by

Struggling with sales tax? Learn the fundamentals of compliance in this webinar. Our resident sales tax expert and former California tax auditor reveals the 10 most important rules every business must follow to be compliant. 

Executive Finance Roundtable: The State of Finance Amid COVID-19

The global onset of COVID-19 has forced organizations across all industries to adapt to new ways of doing business and retaining customers. But, what are CFOs prioritizing? 

Consumer use tax: What it is and why you should actively manage it

Your business makes a purchase and you notice the seller doesn’t collect sales tax. So it must be tax free, right? Wrong. Consumer use tax may still apply, and if you’re not actively tracking use tax obligations, you could be making a costly mistake. 

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Ongoing education to help you help yourself. Browse the full catalog to find a course that's right for you. Whether you prefer to learn on your own or with an expert, we have you covered. Learn:

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If you file with Avalara Returns, this course will help you understand the Returns timeline to avoid amended returns and penalty fees, including when to verify and approve returns, and when Avalara funds and files for you.

Troubleshoot unexpected tax amounts

If you or your customer have noticed an unexpected tax amount, this course is for you. You'll learn where look in AvaTax and where to troubleshoot in your business application.

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