AvaTax Developer Guide
AvaTax API 17.7 Patch Notes
By Ted Spence | July 25, 2017
This article is about the July 2017 monthly update to the AvaTax REST v2 API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2017-07-31 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2017-08-02 UPDATE 2017-07-31 - An additional feature was added to this release and the date was adjusted to 2017-08-02. New 'SummaryOnly' Option for CreateTransaction The CreateTransaction API returns all tax and metadata about a transaction - which can be daunting when you only want to put the correct tax amount on a receipt. In order to help customers manage a smaller data set, we have introduced a new option:
New Developer API Reference
By Ted Spence | July 03, 2017
As part of our commitment to the Open API initiative, Avalara’s development team knows that the quality of the documentation we use matters. Our customers rely on us to make tax simple: our documentation can help you to learn how to properly design your software so you can charge the correct amount of tax every time. That’s why Avalara spends so much time updating our developer documentation, and why we’ve introduced a new layout to our API reference pages. Single Page Per Method Our new site layout features one web page for each API method in our documentation. This makes...
AvaTax API 17.6 Patch Notes
By Ted Spence | June 14, 2017
This article is about the June 2017 monthly update to the AvaTax REST v2 API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2017-06-22 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2017-06-27 New Tax Type Supported: Telecommunications Taxes Avalara is proud to announce the preview release of integrated telecommunications tax calculation for customers using AvaTax. The telecommunications tax domain handles a wide variety of taxes and fees for customers selling phones, conference calling services, internet access, and many other product and service types. Customers interested in developing communications
How to Handle Freight & Handling Charges
By Bob Erdman | May 26, 2017
Wait, I need to include a shipping charge in my transaction? Often relegated to a single notation on an invoice, shipping and handling charges play an important role in the tax calculation of a document. So, how should you include the shipping/handling charge in a tax request? The answer may surprise you, shipping/handling is treated just like any other line item on an invoice. I thought shipping charges were exempt from tax? The taxability of freight/shipping will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Additionally, how you ship will also impact the taxability. Shipping your goods via common carrier (UPS, USPS or...
Troubleshooting Connectivity Problems
By Charlie Morrisette | May 15, 2017
Getting started with any new piece of software can take a bit of time. AvaTax is in use today by tens of thousands of customers processing billions of transactions per year – but they all had to start first by connecting to the software. For today’s article, let’s look at the common challenges you can face when first getting started. Can I contact the AvaTax API servers? First, let’s get the correct URL for AvaTax and verify that we can contact it. AvaTax has four different servers available to choose from: Environment URL Notes Production - REST https://rest.avatax.com For live...
AvaTax API 17.5 Patch Notes
By Ted Spence | April 25, 2017
This article is about the May 2017 monthly update to the AvaTax REST v2 API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2017-05-02 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2017-05-08 API Updates: New Tax Types As part of our ongoing expansion, we are proud to announce the introduction of Tax Type Groups. This new feature allows the AvaTax API to support new tax types and to correctly distinguish between different tax domains that have different rules. Our first expansion includes information about a variety of tax domains including VAT input and output, excise, lodging, and bottle tax. During the
Performance Tuning with AvaTax
By Ted Spence | April 18, 2017
After more than a decade of offering the world-leading AvaTax software suite, we’ve learned a bit about providing high performance software for our thousands of customers worldwide. Our high performance API provides tax calculation answers faster than the blink of an eye - but we will always keep challenging ourselves to improve the AvaTax experience. We won’t rest until everyone can calculate tax effortlessly. For today’s article, let’s look at how we measure the performance of AvaTax and improve the response time of our software. Performance Measurement If we set out to measure the latency of an AvaTax API call,...
REST v2.17.4 Patch Notes
By Ted Spence | March 30, 2017
This article is about the April 2017 monthly update to the AvaTax REST v2 API. Environment URL Release Date Sandbox https://sandbox-rest.avatax.com 2017-04-03 Production https://rest.avatax.com 2017-04-06 Returns Features Improvements to the Returns functionality of REST v2 in this release: Updated field names for improved consistency New data field for summed remit amount per region Trigger calculate amounts anytime an adjustment or augmentation is saved Fixed bug when rebuilding worksheets on FQA due to data mismatches Fixed skyscraper error when calling with an unknown form or when calling a form with a null expected response