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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...

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...

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