March 2020

To the Avalara customer community,

Every business today is planning, wondering, and acting upon the impacts of the spread of COVID-19. During this uncertain time, we want you to understand what Avalara is doing to protect business continuity for the service you rely on, so you can focus on your business instead of worrying about your tax technology.

As a global technology company, Avalara maintains disaster recovery and business continuity plans for many situations. Our workforce is global, flexible, and adept at collaboration from any location. In response to the current unprecedented situation, Avalara initiated several proactive crisis mitigation programs for its employees and teams critical to your services.

Avalara Our customer support, implementation, returns and compliance, and engineering operations teams are equipped with special and unique procedures to instill continuity.

Avalara We have limited global and domestic travel to reduce the potential impact on our teams.

Avalara We scaled up the necessary technologies to support newly distributed teams.

We understand our obligations to ensure business continuity for our customers and partners, and to protect our employee safety. We believe those two responsibilities go hand in hand, so we consider the effects of every decision in these two areas to keep our business-essential service reliable for your business for the duration of any impact.

Thank you for your trust and loyalty. We are confident and committed to serving your business through this dynamic situation.

Amit Mathradas
President and COO
Avalara, Inc.

Fresh news

March Newsletter

February Roundup

Although shorter than your average month, February was a busy one for state lawmakers. Here are some of the most notable recent sales tax changes that could impact your sales and use tax compliance. Read more »

Economic nexus tracker

If you’re a current Avalara AvaTax customer trying to keep up with your expanding sales tax obligations, try out the economic nexus tracker within AvaTax to see if you’re approaching or might have exceeded an economic nexus threshold. We’ll compare the sales activity that flowed through AvaTax against each state’s unique sales or transaction thresholds and evaluation periods to alert you if you have a new obligation. Try tracker »

Some remote sellers need to register to collect sales tax in Alaska. Now.

Although there’s no state sales tax in Alaska, more than 100 local governments in The Last Frontier levy local sales taxes. Some of these local governments now require certain out-of-state sellers to register to collect and remit sales tax. Read more »

States want real-time sales tax remittance, but what will it take to get there?

Avalara VP of Government Relations, Scott Peterson, wrote an article published by Accounting Today that looks at Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s recently released 2021 budget proposal for the state, which includes a plan that will require businesses to remit sales tax from digital transactions on a daily basis. He discusses some of the key challenges of this proposal including communication gaps, resource constraints, and inadequate technology. Read more »



Webinar series: Sales tax nexus 101
Part 2: Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET

Nexus is a crucial piece of the sales tax puzzle for any business. To help you better understand nexus laws and what’s required of you, we’ve created a two-part webinar series, hosted by State and Local Tax expert Judy Vorndran of TaxOps. Join us Thursday, March 19, for Part 2: How to build a nexus plan for your business. Sign me up »

Reducing tax risk: SaaS in 2020 and beyond
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

Businesses with communications services know how difficult it can be to keep up with changes. As your business and the industry evolve, you might be affected. In this webinar, Avalara’s tax and technology experts Toby and MJ will cover best practices and technology strategies with your business goals in mind. Sign me up »

Streamlined Sales Tax: The initiative simplifying sales tax for businesses
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET

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), an initiative by states, local governments, and the business community to reduce the burden of sales and use tax compliance on sellers. Sign me up »

AvaTax Update

Live workshops in full force

While in-person events are postponed due to COVID-19, we still have a robust set of online trainings available, covering topics such as:

Avalara Approving returns for filing

Avalara Setting up CertCapture

Avalara Installing the AvaTax connector for QuickBooks Desktop

To learn right from the experts, check out our newly added, free, online workshops, designed to help you build the skills you need to tackle sticky subjects. Register now »

AvaTax Workshops »
Returns Workshops »
CertCapture Workshops »
SST Workshops »