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Wacky Sales Tax Facts

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Did you know that most developers will tell you that Sales Tax can be determined by using zip code alone? They’re sorely mistaken as it takes more than just zip codes to determine accurate sales tax rates. My previous post illustrated that each jurisdiction can be determined by the local city or state officials depending on their own laws and needs. In my search to understand this concept, I came across the smallest Sales Tax Jurisdiction in the United States. As you can see, this jurisdiction covers only one building in the Hoisington City District and is sandwiched between the other jurisdictions....

Node Libraries for AvaTax

I’m using my blog post this month to start a conversation. I’m beginning work on an NPM module to simplify the AvaTax REST interface for node.js. This leaves me with two questions I’d like to pose: Have any of you tried implementing this in node.js already. What were your experiences? Are there other languages or frameworks you'd like us to develop samples/libraries for to help power your development? If you haven’t tried our developer community, this is the perfect time to start. Join the discussion on this topic in our community. I’m off-site, speaking at the CascadiaJS conference and getting...

The Business of Sales Tax is Bizarre!

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I’m not an economist, neither am I an accountant. The only exposure I have to the concept of accounting or economics were when we were forced to take these classes in college, but I’ve learned a ton while working for Avalara. I’m also brought up in a simpler (tax wise) economy in Malaysia, where sales tax is pretty much straightforward. Even with the recent changes of their existing sales & service tax laws to a value-added tax system called GST, it is still not as complicated and bizarre as the ones we have here in the United States. How complicated is it, Loke?...

Maximum Line Count Increased!

As of the last service release to development, the maximum number of allowed lines on a GetTaxRequest has been increased from a mere 1000 to a spacious 15,000! This will allow longer documents to be processed and recorded through the standard recommended process. No longer will documents need to be split into multiple requests or records at the 1000 line mark! The 15,000 line limit was determined thorough collection of user feedback, and should be able to allow for much more flexibility. If you are working with invoices with more than 15,000 lines, you’ll still need to split transactions or consolidate...

Getting our PHP Samples Running on Windows

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As I said in my introduction, I’m a Zend Certified PHP Engineer. I may not have mentioned that, like many developers, I tend to trust my abilities probably more than I should, jump into projects head first, and only start to read the fine manual when something doesn’t work as expected. Setting up my Avalara laptop, one of the first things I did was install a basic WAMP stack (like LAMP but with Windows). That may be sacrilege to some, but it works. When I had to write my first bit of code with the PHP sample libraries, I thought...

Loke as in Joke

Hi! My name is Loke (pronounced as in Joke but with an “L”).  I work with Anya and Greg in Avalara’s Developer Relations team. We’re the team that will be here for you when you need help making sense of Sales Tax and getting your software connected to our services. In my past life, I’ve spent a decade working at Microsoft  in the Windows Mobile/Phone, Developer Evangelism and Robotics divisions. If you search hard enough, you’ll probably find lots of videos, demos and talks that I’ve done in the past. You’ll also find many videos of me enjoying my hobby of...

Oh so that's who that is

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I’m Anya Stettler, and as someone who has been lurking around for a while, I’ve been tasked with finally introducing myself for real. I do a little of this, a little of that, and a whole lot of documenting the AvaTax APIs. I’ve shown up from time to time in our videos and on this site, and more and more out in the world. In general, I like organizing information and pictures of cats, so when I can combine those two I consider it a job well done. I joined Avalara just under six years ago as part of support,...

Subject: So Much New We Can't Even (was: Because Awesome)

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I’m Greg Bulmash, and as the FNG (Fabulous New Guru) on the Avalara Developer Relations team, I have been given the lofty assignment of laying down some awesome on the Avalara Developer Network blog the first Tuesday of every month. My first assignment from the powers that be: “Introduce yourself.” The first thing that happens if you Google my name as an exact phrase is you come up with about 9,000 results. The first result is a McDonalds/WalMart Application link to Snopes.com, the encyclopedia of urban legends. What? Avalara hired an urban legend? Yeah, I’m that Greg Bulmash. I’m also...

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