Avalara

Avalara is one of the industry partners we utilize to support the development of well integrated eCommerce sites. Avalara’s AvaTax is the fastest, easiest, most accurate and affordable way to handle sales tax compliance. AvaTax calculates rates based on 100,000+ taxability rules and 11,000+ jurisdictions, and provides seamless integration into the Avalara Ecosystem with over 100 ERP, accounting, e-commerce and retail POS systems pre-built and ready to use. Sales tax is hard. AvaTax™ makes it easy.

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How You Take Your Coffee May Affect its Taxability

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October 11, 2017 | 10:30 AM

When researching my favorite beverage for National and International Coffee Days (Sept. 29 and Oct. 1), I discovered that coffee hyped up goats in ninth century Ethiopia and was dubbed a “bitter invention of Satan” by 17th century Christian Italians. This was unexpected. Still, the history of coffee surprises me less than the taxability of coffee drinks in several states.

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Topics: Guest Blog, Avalara, Sales tax

The Truth Behind Sales Tax Audits

Posted by Avalara

September 13, 2017 | 10:30 AM

With the myriad responsibilities involved in running a successful business, it should come as no surprise that preparing for a sales and use tax audit is not exactly a high priority or favorite topic of conversation among business owners. There are only so many hours in a day, and many companies choose to put examining their compliance process on the back burner; at worst, the idea is ignored entirely. Even business owners who are ready and willing to tackle the issue rarely know where to begin.

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Topics: Avalara, Sales tax

2017 Mid-Year Sales Tax Changes

Posted by Avalara

August 16, 2017 | 10:30 AM

Dealing with change is standard operating procedure for many companies: employees leave and are hired; new products are introduced and old ones phased out; there are booms, and there are busts. On top of all that, companies need to account for sales and use tax changes. Significant changes in rates, regulations, and product taxability often take effect July 1, which is the start of a new fiscal year in all but a few states.

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Topics: Avalara, Sales tax

Get Ready for New Changes to Sales and Use Tax in 2017

Posted by Avalara

January 18, 2017 | 10:30 AM

In 2017, when it comes to sales tax, states are taking stances on everything from soda to streaming content, tobacco to tampons. The New Year will also bring renewed efforts by states to implement internet sales taxes and continue the legal battle to overturn existing legislation.

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Topics: Avalara, Sales tax

2017 Sales Tax Changes Take Effect January 1

Posted by Avalara

December 21, 2016 | 10:30 AM

Sales tax doesn’t often make headlines, but soda taxes, marijuana sales, tampon exemptions, and online sales tax did in 2016. That trend is likely to continue in 2017. The New Year will bring new taxes, new exemptions, and renewed efforts by states to implement internet sales taxes. It will also bring plenty of the usual suspects, like sales and use tax rate changes. Read on for some of 2017’s most newsworthy sales and use tax changes. 

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Topics: Sales tax

Pardoned Turkeys Give Sales Tax the Bird

Posted by Avalara

November 16, 2016 | 10:30 AM

 It’s an annual tradition for the President of the United States to pardon a turkey at Thanksgiving. Which president started the trend is up for debate, but White House history dates the first turkey clemency to 1865, when Abraham Lincoln’s son took a liking to a bird intended for Christmas dinner. 

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3 Drop Shipping and Sales Tax Tips for Online Sellers

Posted by Avalara

October 19, 2016 | 10:30 AM

Drop shipping can be a big boon for online sellers, especially small businesses that don’t have the funds or space to stock up on and store inventory. With drop shipping, sellers can take orders from customers for an item and then turn around and order that item from a supplier, which then ships it to the customer. The seller doesn’t have to handle the physical item at all, the customer gets his or her order, and everyone’s happy.

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What's New with SaaS?

Posted by Avalara

September 19, 2016 | 10:30 AM

It’s been said that by 2020, most aspects of our lives will be connected. We’re talking about the internet of things (IoT), of connecting coffee makers, lamps, ovens, refrigerators, wearable devices, you name it. Back in 2014, Forbes observed that “anything that can be connected, will be connected,” and that’s swiftly becoming reality.

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Topics: Avalara, Sales tax

Drones: Filling Our Airspace With Taxing Issues

Posted by Avalara

August 31, 2016 | 10:30 AM

If you follow the news or have seen Eye in the Sky, you know Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs — or drones) are being used by the military overseas. But drones aren’t only for spying and dropping bombs on enemy territory: they’re also used in disaster response, film production and photography, real estate, and the energy and mining sector. Farmers use them for agricultural purposes, Homeland Security uses them to patrol the border and support law enforcement, and nocturnal hunters use them to send feral pigs to hog heaven.

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Topics: Avalara, Sales tax

Do Sales Tax Holidays Affect Consumer Behavior?

Posted by Avalara

August 17, 2016 | 10:44 AM

Savvy shoppers know the value of everyday commodities, from the food they eat to the clothing they need and other essentials. They’ve comparison shopped enough to know the reasonable cost of products, and price point is always top of mind. Not everyone approaches shopping this way, but most people appreciate a bargain (does anyone not?). This is one of the main reasons sales exist. 

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Topics: Avalara, Sales tax

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