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Using $include with CreateTransaction

The CreateTransaction endpoint is one of our most used endpoints, so we’ve baked in a certain flexibility to allow our users to ensure they get the exact information they need. How did we do this? Our team built the $include parameter to help you pinpoint data you’ll use in your calculations. Now the question is: how do you actually make use of this parameter? First, let’s start with an example of an unedited response from the CreateTransaction endpoint: Click here to view a CreateTransaction response { "id": 6783815606, "code": "ec52444f-1eda-4df4-b6ff-279efe984160", "companyId": 474615, "date": "2018-10-23", "status": "Committed", "type": "SalesInvoice", "batchCode": "",...

Tax Rates for Lines and Documents

The Avalara engineering team built AvaTax so it can solve tax problems for you and make your life easier. We solve compliance problems of all shapes and sizes; and our software must be both accurate and usable. So what happens when accuracy and usability come into conflict? Let’s talk about tax rates. Documents and Lines When you visit your local grocery store or market, you receive a receipt that lists all the items you purchase, your total, and the amount of tax charged. You can verify the total sums up correctly, but you’ll notice something interesting. Most grocery receipts display...

Custom HTML Tags

Custom HTML Tags How to design better UI components and avoid over-engineering tl;dr: it’s a new approach and it’s NOT another js thing vying for market share. Yay! HTML now and forever I like writing code. I’ve written in Java, PHP, C#, perl shutters, and JavaScript. As much as I love js, my favorite is probably HTML because of the way its declarative nature allows me to easily express what I’m envisioning in my mind and, with one click of the refresh button, I get to immediately see my creation on screen. It’s design and engineering all in one motion...

Why Sales Tax Calculation Is Crucial For Your Ecommerce Shopping Cart

Ecommerce rollouts can be complicated, with many moving parts. With all the demands businesses place on eCommerce systems, it can be easy to treat sales tax calculation as an afterthought. That’s a mistake. Sales tax calculation is a key component of any eCommerce site. Paying attention to putting the right sales tax solution in place upfront will save developers and their organizations a lot of headaches later. The fact is, sales tax is complex and it’s not getting any simpler anytime soon. For any given tax jurisdiction, there are a dizzying array of sales-tax rules and rates — and they...

AvaTax API 18.10 Patch Notes

This article is about the September 2018 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2018-10-04 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2018-10-18 Sandbox Testing Window The AvaTax release schedule includes a preview period where the latest software is available for integration testing in the AvaTax Sandbox Environment two weeks before launching to production. If your engineering team would like a sandbox account for integration testing purposes, please contact your account manager or open a support ticket. Case Insensitive Tax Code Search The ListTaxCodes API now supports case insensitive search. This means that the following searches will all be able...

The Hidden Cost of "Free" Tax Tables

In seeking a sales-tax compliance solution, many companies — especially younger, smaller ones — may turn to free tax-rate tables, using them to manually figure out how much sales tax to charge customers. However, although these tables are “free,” they may be costing your company more than you think — in time, resources and potential risk. First of all, manual sales tax compliance – including tax calculation, tax exemptions certificates and sales tax returns – takes up a lot of time and staff resources — and the resources needed are growing. Nearly two-thirds of companies have hired additional staff to...

AvaTax nominated for Best Public API of 2018

Avalara nominated for Nordic APIs Best Public API of 2018 – Voting starts today! Avalara has been nominated for Nordic APIs’ Best Public API of 2018 award! Nordic APIs is a prestigious, global community of API developers, and we’ve been nominated alongside the likes of NASA (the guys who put people on the moon) and Orange, a global telecom giant. Vote for Avalara between today and Oct. 24. The nomination, which was anonymous, is for the suite of REST APIs that interface with Avalara AvaTax. From the Nordic APIs website: “The level of confidence and security with their API is...

October API Developer Events in Seattle

The Avalara Developer Relations Team is excited to announce it will have a presence at two upcoming events in the local developer community. Ted Spence, Director of the AvaTax API Team, will make a short presentation on the effectiveness of cached data in a SaaS platform at New Tech Northwest’s next Seattle event, which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on Oct. 2 at ThinkSpace, located at 1700 Westlake Ave. N., Suite 200 in Seattle. Ted will also give an in-depth presentation on how he and the AvaTax API Team created the documentation for Avalara’s sales tax...

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