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AvaTax API 17.9 Patch Notes

This article is about the August 2017 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2017-09-26 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2017-09-28 License Key Authentication Update Avalara customers are requested to read the Avalara terms and conditions by visiting the AvaTax website for production or the AvaTax website for Sandbox. The AccountResetLicenseKey API will now return an AccountInNewStatusException error if your account has not yet been activated by reading terms and conditions on the AvaTax website. Please note that resetting your license key will invalidate all previous license keys for your account. AvaTax will send an email to all...

AvaTax API 17.8 Patch Notes

This article is about the August 2017 monthly update to the AvaTax REST v2 API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2017-09-06 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2017-09-07 Exemption Certificates in AvaTax The August release of AvaTax will include a major improvement - exemption certificate functionality is now fully built into AvaTax! Developers are now free to create customers, record exemption certificates, download preview images, present customers with a custom web-based certificate data entry page, and check a customer’s exemption status before processing a transaction. This functionality takes up too much space to cover in the patch notes - please be on the...

AvaTax Communications

Now that you have learned how to make a Sales And Use AvaTax call, you want to extend your ability of making diverse types tax transactions, for example: Telecommunications. The good news is AvaTax is now supporting the Telecoms tax calculation. With a few setups, you can easily use your regular AvaTax account for making Telecoms transactions. Required setups There are a few things you need to pre-configure before making a successful AvaTax Communications transaction: Have an AvaTax account subscribed to AvaComms service Have at least one company added to the account Have your company configured with a ClientId (and...

AvaTax API 17.7 Patch Notes

This article is about the July 2017 monthly update to the AvaTax REST v2 API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2017-07-31 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2017-08-02 UPDATE 2017-07-31 - An additional feature was added to this release and the date was adjusted to 2017-08-02. New "SummaryOnly" Option for CreateTransaction The CreateTransaction API returns all tax and metadata about a transaction - which can be daunting when you only want to put the correct tax amount on a receipt. In order to help customers manage a smaller data set, we have introduced a new option: $include=SummaryOnly. When you add this new option...

New Developer API Reference

As part of our commitment to the Open API initiative, Avalara’s development team knows that the quality of the documentation we use matters. Our customers rely on us to make tax simple: our documentation can help you to learn how to properly design your software so you can charge the correct amount of tax every time. That’s why Avalara spends so much time updating our developer documentation, and why we’ve introduced a new layout to our API reference pages. Single Page Per Method Our new site layout features one web page for each API method in our documentation. This makes...

AvaTax API 17.6 Patch Notes

This article is about the June 2017 monthly update to the AvaTax REST v2 API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2017-06-22 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2017-06-27 New Tax Type Supported: Telecommunications Taxes Avalara is proud to announce the preview release of integrated telecommunications tax calculation for customers using AvaTax. The telecommunications tax domain handles a wide variety of taxes and fees for customers selling phones, conference calling services, internet access, and many other product and service types. Customers interested in developing communications tax connectors or working with Avalara for communications tax calculation should contact their customer account manager for more details....

How to Handle Freight & Handling Charges

Wait, I need to include a shipping charge in my transaction? Often relegated to a single notation on an invoice, shipping and handling charges play an important role in the tax calculation of a document. So, how should you include the shipping/handling charge in a tax request? The answer may surprise you, shipping/handling is treated just like any other line item on an invoice. I thought shipping charges were exempt from tax? The taxability of freight/shipping will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Additionally, how you ship will also impact the taxability. Shipping your goods via common carrier (UPS, USPS or...

Troubleshooting Connectivity Problems

Getting started with any new piece of software can take a bit of time. AvaTax is in use today by tens of thousands of customers processing billions of transactions per year – but they all had to start first by connecting to the software. For today’s article, let’s look at the common challenges you can face when first getting started. Can I contact the AvaTax API servers? First, let’s get the correct URL for AvaTax and verify that we can contact it. AvaTax has four different servers available to choose from: Environment URL Notes Production - REST https://rest.avatax.com For live...

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