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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...

How to Calculate E-Waste Tax in California

In this post, we will demonstrate how to calculate e-waste tax in California. First, we need to understand unit-based rates and their implementation. Many tax rates and tariffs are ad valorem, which means tax is calculated based on the monetary value of the goods sold or shipped. Rates can also be unit-based. Unit-based rates depend on how much of an item is sold or shipped, for example volume, mass, size, or quantity. Unit-based rates apply to many goods such as sugar, e-waste and recycling fees for electronics, lodging, and bottles. These rates have a unit of measurement and quantity. Throughout...

AvaTax API 18.9 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 2018-09-11 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2018-09-25 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. Pagination Improvements The AvaTax API presents a standard method for pagination using the pattern set out in the Microsoft REST API Guidelines. This...

AvaTax API 18.8 Patch Notes

This article is about the August 2018 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2018-08-15 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2018-08-29 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. API Documentation Updates Avalara has updated to the latest revision of Swagger / OpenAPI. For customers who make use of our automated swagger...

AvaTax API 18.7 Patch Notes

This article is about the July 2018 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2018-07-11 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2018-07-25 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. API Usage Logs Starting with the July 2018 release, the AvaTax REST API will capture and make available logs with information about your...

AvaTax API 18.6 Patch Notes

This article is about the June 2018 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2018-06-12 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2018-06-26 Weekly Office Hours Webinar Want to discuss these patch notes with the developers who wrote them? The AvaTax API team hosts a weekly developer webinar where you can meet and talk to developers. If you would like to ask questions about this release, please sign up and join us for a lively discussion of the AvaTax API. Sandbox Testing Window The AvaTax release schedule includes a preview period where the latest software is available for integration testing...

Nexus

VIDEO: Nexus In an earlier video, we covered how your organization’s tax profile is determined. Now, let’s explore the concept of nexus. What exactly is nexus, you may ask? Nexus is most simply defined as the areas where your organization is required to collect sales tax. To better understand this core tax concept, watch the video above. We guarantee you’ll be a nexus expert in no time!

What's My Tax Profile?

VIDEO: What’s My Tax Profile? Before using the AvaTax API, there are a few basic sales tax principles you need to understand. First and foremost is your organization’s tax profile, which is comprised of three key components: Where your organization is required to collect sales tax, a principle known as nexus The customers your organization exempts from sales tax The specific tax rates for the products and services your organization sells Watch the short video above to get a quick, basic understanding of how your organization’s tax profile is determined.

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