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Florida Split Tax Feature for Discretionary SurTax

Struggling with the Florida Discretionary Sales Tax over your multiple invoices? AvaTax can help! We all know tax is complicated, but when you add in the Florida Discretionary Sales Surtax, it becomes even more complex. Add in needing to have this surtax split over multiple invoices and you’ve got a real headache on your hands. Let us help you with that! With AvaTax Florida Split Tax Feature, you can utilize the purchaseOrderNo field to accomplish this. To make this work you will need to import a set of custom rules into your account that allows this logic to work. If...

When to use batches

Process transactions in bulk - is it right for your organization? Avalara offers two options for processing your organization’s transactions – one at a time through the CreateTransaction end point or in bulk through the CreateBatches end point. Which option is the best fit for your organization? Let’s talk about what each of them and what they mean! CreateBatches End Point When you use the CreateBatches end point you can send us one large file of transations for our tax engine to process for you. While this will not give you real time tax information on your invoices, this will...

AvaTax API 18.4 Patch Notes

This article is about the April 2018 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2018-04-16 (revised) Production https://rest.avatax.com 2018-04-25 UPDATED 2018-04-12: The sandbox release date has been adjusted to April 16, 2018. Patch Notes Webinar The AvaTax April release will launch to the Sandbox environment two weeks before production. If your engineering team would like a sandbox account for testing purposes, please contact your account manager or open a support ticket. The AvaTax API team hosts a weekly developer webinar where you can meet and talk to the developers directly. If you would like to...

How to Calculate Customs Duties in REST

We are excited about our updated customs duty calculation functionality in REST. If you previously used the customs duty calculator in REST, your requests will still work. If you are just starting out or would like to make use of the full functionality of CrossBorder in REST, this post is for you. What Are We Shipping? For every product you ship across a country border, you first need to know the Harmonized System Code (HS code). While many codes may look alike, the HS code is specific to the destination country and the type of item. You can learn about...

HS Code Search in REST

How Do I Know Which HS Code to Use? In this post, we will discuss how customers can use our REST API to find the appropriate Harmonized System (HS) Code for items shipped across country borders. For this example, we will search for knitted scarves shipped to Spain. Let’s walk through the process of browsing and searching for HS Codes using the new REST CrossBorder endpoints. Wait, What Are HS Codes? The Harmonized System is an internationally standardized system of names and numbers to classify physical, traded products. HS Codes are a hierarchically organized taxonomy of product types, based on...

AvaTax C# SDK Upgrade 18.2.1.168

Avalara was advised of an issue affecting some users of the AvaTax C# SDK. In some environments, the C# SDK submitted HTTP verbs in lowercase, which is not always permitted by firewall and router rules. Avalara is publishing a revision of the C# SDK 18.2.1.168 to correct this issue. We advise all customers using the C# SDK to upgrade to the latest revision. Does This Affect Me? Customers known to be affected are running the combination of: Visual Studio 2017 on Mac OS X with AvaTax C# SDK 18.2.0.167 or earlier Our testing team has evaluated this issue, and will...

AvaTax API 18.3 Patch Notes

This article is about the March 2018 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2018-03-14 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2018-03-28 Patch Notes Webinar The AvaTax March release will provide a two-week period where the March release of AvaTax will be available for integration testing into the Sandbox environment. If your engineering team would like a sandbox account for testing purposes, please contact your account manager or open a support ticket. The AvaTax API team will host a developer webinar to discuss the March release on Monday, March 19th, 2018, at 10:00 AM Pacific time. If you would...

The CRUSH DC Business Case

If you’re a developer working on building tax compliance solutions, then we hope you’ll consider coming to CRUSH DC, the premier event for transaction tax professionals. The event is from May 9-11 in Washington, D.C. We have an entire developer track with sessions covering everything from the basics of calculating tax using AvaTax to building connectors for enterprise-level organizations. Not only that, we’ll have tech demos, learning labs, knowledge sharing from experts and fellow partners, and plenty of networking. Of course, we realize booking a trip for a three-day event is a big commitment of time and resources, so the...

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