Software companies and sales tax

Get a suite of solutions to help you increase efficiency and decrease risk. It’s a tax compliance win-win.

Making the difficult easy

A jumble of sales tax regulations governs digital goods and software services, making compliance too big a task for manual processes. Automate and simplify with solutions for tax calculations, exemptions, and returns.

Avalara AvaTax

Rapidly calculates sales and use tax on software and digital goods/services, such as digital downloads, cloud access, and streaming media, at the time of purchase or invoicing.

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The faster you grow, the sooner you may need to calculate and collect tax on more types of sales and in more places. It’s easy to configure AvaTax to meet your needs.

Highly compatible

With 600+ prebuilt connections into widely used ERP, ecommerce, and other applications, and an advanced API, AvaTax works with the systems and processes you already have in place.

Real-time calculations

Sales tax rates and rules aren’t set in stone. They change with a high degree of frequency. Rest assured we keep pace by regularly updating our cloud-based calculation system.

Avalara Returns

Hand off returns preparation, filing, and remittance for fast, easy multijurisdictional compliance.

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Move the needle on efficiency

Returns pulls the data needed to prepare your returns from AvaTax without you ever lifting a finger. Just log in to view your prepared returns.

Get organized

Add or remove tax jurisdictions, and adjust your filing frequency, using a convenient online filing calendar.

Payments handled

Make one consolidated payment per filing period via a secure transfer. Returns will distribute the funds to the appropriate jurisdictions.

Avalara CertCapture

Easy tax document management with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a cloud-based service.

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One central repository

Stay audit-ready with your reseller tax documents and customer exemption certificates stored together, securely.


Customers can submit certificates online within the checkout process. Automated renewal requests remind them of upcoming expiration dates.

Syncs with tax software

Exemptions automatically happen at checkout thanks to CertCapture’s ability to exchange data with AvaTax and numerous tax software systems.

Related resources
Software sales tax resource center

Dig deeper into the issues impacting software taxability, and read the latest headlines on software sales tax from our blog.

Sales tax for the growing software company

Learn how sales tax management relates to your growth plan, as well as your funding or exit strategy.

Sales tax pitfalls for high-growth companies

Nearly every industry has to deal with sales tax in some way, but high-growth companies have it the hardest.

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