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AvaTax C# SDK Upgrade 18.2.1.168

Avalara was advised of an issue affecting some users of the AvaTax C# SDK. In some environments, the C# SDK submitted HTTP verbs in lowercase, which is not always permitted by firewall and router rules. Avalara is publishing a revision of the C# SDK 18.2.1.168 to correct this issue. We advise all customers using the C# SDK to upgrade to the latest revision. Does This Affect Me? Customers known to be affected are running the combination of: Visual Studio 2017 on Mac OS X with AvaTax C# SDK 18.2.0.167 or earlier Our testing team has evaluated this issue, and will...

AvaTax API 18.3 Patch Notes

This article is about the March 2018 monthly update to the AvaTax API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2018-03-14 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2018-03-28 Patch Notes Webinar The AvaTax March release will provide a two-week period where the March release of AvaTax will be available for integration testing into the Sandbox environment. If your engineering team would like a sandbox account for testing purposes, please contact your account manager or open a support ticket. The AvaTax API team will host a developer webinar to discuss the March release on Monday, March 19th, 2018, at 10:00 AM Pacific time. If you would...

The CRUSH DC Business Case

If you’re a developer working on building tax compliance solutions, then we hope you’ll consider coming to CRUSH DC, the premier event for transaction tax professionals. The event is from May 9-11 in Washington, D.C. We have an entire developer track with sessions covering everything from the basics of calculating tax using AvaTax to building connectors for enterprise-level organizations. Not only that, we’ll have tech demos, learning labs, knowledge sharing from experts and fellow partners, and plenty of networking. Of course, we realize booking a trip for a three-day event is a big commitment of time and resources, so the...

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...

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