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AvaTax API 18.2 Patch Notes

This article is about the February 2018 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2018-02-12 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2018-02-26 Release Schedule Extended Each month, Avalara publishes the latest release of AvaTax to the Sandbox environment first so that customers who wish to test the new release can spend time running regression tests against AvaTax. In response to customer feedback, we are extending the length of time to a minimum of two weeks in sandbox prior to the production deployment window. This month’s release will deploy to sandbox on Monday, February 12th, and be available for testing...

Negative Transactions

This week I returned a doormat to Costco. I love Costco’s return policies; I was able to buy a mat to try it out, and when we discovered it wasn’t a good fit for our garage I was able to return it and buy one that was a better fit. In the world of sales, refunds are a natural thing - so how do we represent them? Defining the Two Parties In virtually all tax laws, a transaction involves exactly two parties: a buyer and a seller. However, the AvaTax API can’t just use the words “buyer” and “seller” because...

Office Hours with AvaTax

Avalara’s crack team of engineers receives dozens of questions every week from developers using our APIs, SDKs and documentation, and we want to answer as many as we can. To that end, we’re excited to announce a new weekly, 30-minute series of webinars that we’re calling Office Hours with AvaTax. Here’s how it will work: Every Tuesday, we’ll spend the first 15 minutes of the webinar covering a specific topic such as reconciling tax transactions, how to find specific tax code information in AvaTax and the like. Then, the last 15 minutes will be reserved as an open Q&A format....

AvaTax API 18.1 Patch Notes

This article is about the January 2018 monthly update to the AvaTax API. UPDATED 2018-01-12 - More information about importer of record added. UPDATED 2018-01-23 - Updated release date. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2018-01-17 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2018-01-29 (UPDATED) Changes in Cross-Border Customs and Duty Taxes Avalara is updating the Landed Cost tax calculation engine with new features and capabilities. Among the changes are key features including: Ability to designate seller/importer of record on a country-by-country configuration basis Each custom or duty tax contains information about whether it may be charged to the buyer New definitions API for browsing...

Reconciling Transactions

Your host system integration is successfully recording and committing transactions in AvaTax - but what about your audit requirement to ensure all the data in AvaTax matches the host system exactly? You don’t have to run Excel mashup reports anymore - AvaTax offers a variety of ways to reconcile your transactions and spot discrepancies in an automated fashion. Listing Transactions via the API The first place to start is the ListTransactionsByCompany API call in the AvaTax REST namespace. With this API call, you are able to retrieve all the recorded data in AvaTax and compare with posted host system data...

Office Hours with AvaTax

Avalara’s crack team of engineers receives dozens of questions every week from developers using our APIs, SDKs and documentation, and we want to answer as many as we can. To that end, we’re excited to announce a new twice-weekly, 30-minute series of webinars that we’re calling Office Hours with AvaTax. This is your opportunity to ask our expert team of engineers and developers any questions that may be top of your mind about the AvaTax platform in an open Q&A format. The new Office Hours with AvaTax series kicks off at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Jan. 2 and at...

Developer Track at CRUSH 2018 Conference

Need to build fast, easy tax compliance solutions? Come to CRUSH DC 2018 and find out how! Are you a developer looking to build solutions that make tax compliance fast, easy and, most important of all, accurate? Are you already connected to Avalara’s AvaTax platform and looking to get the scoop on the latest features and capabilities it has to offer? If so, then be sure to sign up for CRUSH DC 2018, Avalara’s annual conference for all things tax compliance. This year’s event, which will be held from May 9-11 in Washington, D.C., will feature a robust developer-focused track...

AvaTax API 17.12 Patch Notes

This article is about the December 2017 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2017-12-11 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2017-12-14 Performance Tuning During the months since the 17.9 Patch Notes, our team has been hard at work tuning the performance of AvaTax for the once-a-year sales events that happen in November. Here’s a summary of the improvements that have been made since the September release: Reduced the impact of calling the GetTransactionByCode API and GetTransactionByTypeAndCode API. This change improved performance for customers whose products used a mix of calls to these APIs alongside creating new transactions. Eliminated...

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