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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...

Renaming Transactions

You’re building your integration using the AvaTax REST API. The way your application works; you only have access to a temporary invoice number and at the end of all the processing your system assigns a permanent invoice number. Given this; how can you keep the final values assigned by your application in sync with AvaTax? Renaming a Transaction Let’s review an example…First; we call CreateTransaction and we can let AvaTax assign a unique “code” for us which we will capture and remember from the AvaTax response. Notice we also set the “commit” flag to “false” in this request because once...

Calculating TaxIncluded

It can be a huge bother to make a purchase with cash, and wind up with a pocketful of unwanted pennies due to sales tax. In most cases, sales taxes require you to charge unusual amounts, and those amounts change whenever tax rates are adjusted. For today’s article, let’s discuss a feature of AvaTax that allows you to simplify the dollar value charged to your customers. Applications of TaxIncluded The TaxIncluded parameter tells AvaTax to use your product’s price as a target for the total sale. Both the tax and amount will be adjusted to correctly match the target price,...

Adjusting Transactions

Now that you’re using AvaTax, your software creates transactions with ease. What happens when a customer reports that they want to make a change? Most accounting systems allow you to adjust invoices or modify transactions in some fashion. Let’s review how AvaTax provides support for these scenarios. Refresher For previously recorded transactions with a status of committed in AvaTax; the service identifies the transaction in AvaTax is committed and does not permit the transaction to be overwritten. If your transaction is committed but not locked, you can call VoidTransaction - that means you caught it before it was reported on...

AvaTax Developer Guide

If including tax calculation and remittance capabilities into your application has been daunting, tiresome, and therefore easy to put on the back burner, we understand. Your users need these capabilities to keep the tax auditors at bay, but you don’t have time to wade through pages of documentation to try to understand the complexities of sales and use tax. We want to help you deliver that huge operational efficiency and tax protection to your users quickly and easily. Introducing the AvaTax Developer Guide. We’ve condensed and simplified our documentation into a fun-to-read chapter format to help you successfully build your...

AvaTax API 17.9 Patch Notes

This article is about the September 2017 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2017-09-26 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2017-09-28 License Key Authentication Update Avalara customers are requested to read the Avalara terms and conditions by visiting the AvaTax website for production or the AvaTax website for Sandbox. The AccountResetLicenseKey API will now return an AccountInNewStatusException error if your account has not yet been activated by reading terms and conditions on the AvaTax website. Please note that resetting your license key will invalidate all previous license keys for your account. AvaTax will send an email to all...

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