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Avalara

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Score 7.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Avalara

Avatax is well suited to how we process orders. Our website goes to Avatax to calculate an initial sales tax amount right when an order is placed on our website. Once the order has been picked and packed it is fulfilled and then finalized the sales tax amount through Avatax. This is exactly what we need it to do!
Bruce Griffith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

Our main goals were to drive value by focusing on adoption by all, increased visibility in spend, and compliance. Coupa is very easy to use and does not feel like an ERP. Our end users like the easy to use, intuitive interface. A side benefit that we have experienced is that we were able to get rid of a shadow system that our IT department was using to track spending. They are able to use Coupa to track committed and actual spend and reconcile it their budgets and forecasts.
JR Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Type of tax

Avalara
8.5
Coupa
Sales and Use Taxes
Avalara
9.2
Coupa
Cross-border Taxes
Avalara
8.7
Coupa
VAT / GST Taxes
Avalara
7.9
Coupa
Energy and Fuel Taxes
Avalara
8.3
Coupa

Tax Reporting & Compliance

Avalara
8.4
Coupa
Geolocation for Tax Assessment
Avalara
8.8
Coupa
3rd-Party Software Integrations
Avalara
8.1
Coupa
Tax Data Reporting
Avalara
8.6
Coupa
Compliance Administration Management
Avalara
8.5
Coupa
Tax Exemption Processing
Avalara
8.5
Coupa
Tax Document Management
Avalara
8.8
Coupa
Complex Tax Scenario Management
Avalara
7.9
Coupa

Pros

Avalara

  • Avatax stays current with all the changes in rates and does an excellent job of calculating the correct sales tax to charge.
  • The reporting interface for sales tax reports is easy to use and once you set up a report you can save it as a favorite and rerun it any time with one click. Their UI on the reporting is simple and provides a minimum number of clicks to get the data you want and export it to Excel where every number lives whether it belongs there or not!
Tom Berkompas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

  • Ease of use. No IT support is needed. As the procurement manager, I'm also the Coupa administrator. I have the ability to configure, correct, manipulate, etc., the system to our needs.
  • No on-going training. The system, both P2P and Sourcing are incredibly intuitive. Many SAAS modules change dramatically with each new version and require additional training. Coupa does a great job of putting updated, searchable documents on-line to augment any additional training employees may need.
  • Rock solid stability. Coupa is never down, they far exceed the SLAs we have in place with them. I've never had a catastrophic failure or outage with them.
  • SOX compliancy. Need I say more? My internal and external audit teams have given the tool more than a passing grade.
  • Thought leadership. The tool is constantly evolving to live up to the high expectations of its user base. The Coupa Community has skin-in-the-game and Coupa listens to our needs/wants as well as adding their own cutting edge touches to the tool.
Scott Coleman CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Avalara

  • CertCapture can take many days to validate a certificate, and/or does not provide explanation as to why a certificate was not validated.
  • Submitting cases to Avalara is not helpful. Once an answer has been provided, the case is immediately closed and no helpful dialogue is allowed.
  • When a mistake on return filing occurs, whether customer or Avalara's, correction of the error takes far too long.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

  • Implementation using a third-party consultant was a mistake. Maybe we had the wrong consultants assigned to us but make sure you understand who is doing the implementation. Implementation is costly but extremely important.
  • We often can have small issues with approval chains and they are hard to figure out. If there was more information on how to understand approval chains without reaching out to support, it would help.
Paul Wetterholm | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Avalara

Avalara 9.5
Based on 18 answers
Nothing is perfect, so I suppose I would not give it a 10, but it has earned a high rating because it really does work well. Also, if any issues have arose, avalara has many ways to be contacted for assistance and has always helped in a timely manner
Matt Farmer, CPA, CGMA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Avalara

Avalara 8.8
Based on 286 answers
Once integrated and properly set up, the software does most of the work for you. There are occasional hiccups, but that is true of all software. A lot of the ease depends on to what extent you let the platform do for you versus what you take on. For us, it decides which transaction to tax, assesses the tax rate based on the specific jurisdiction (and any changes in the tax rate), stores the exemption certificates and files the returns. Mostly what we are responsible for is reconciling the ledgers to the tax liability worksheets. It turns a complex and long set of tasks into a fairly simple and quick process
Jere Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Avalara

Avalara 8.7
Based on 13 answers
I have been using Avalara for years and do not remember ever having an outage during working hours. The service is accurate and dependable.
Elaine Ware | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Avalara

Avalara 8.9
Based on 13 answers
For the most part don't have a problem with Avalara performance. On the few occasions I've had a issue isn't has been resolved quickly and usually without having to contact support.
Kathleen Gage | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Avalara

Avalara 7.2
Based on 20 answers
Avalara is not consistent in giving us information timely. For instance, right now, we have a help desk ticket with them that's been open since October. They are still trying to figure it out and we haven't gotten any feedback on where they are at or what is going on. That seems to me a very excessive amount of time to be working on a problem. Was it forgotten? Is there something bigger going on? Do they need something from us? An update would be helpful.
Also, many times when we call with an issue or concern (wrong tax rate for instance) we generally feel like the help desk assumes it's of our doing instead of theirs and doesn't truely listen when we explain the problem because we end up repeating it over and over as well as sending examples. We expect more respect on our end.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

In-Person Training

Avalara

Avalara 8.0
Based on 2 answers
not applicable
Michelle Chow | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Avalara

Avalara 7.3
Based on 3 answers
The videos go too fast; I kept having to pause them and go back. They don't allow for any practice transactions or provide training materials.
Kathleen Gage | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Avalara

Avalara 8.0
Based on 363 answers
The implementation team from Avalara was very knowledgable and did a good job of passing along information so that we could maintain the system and be able to make future changes ourselves. We had asked for some custom tax setup and they worked with us to get additional taxes set up that they didn't previously have. They worked with us to pull our documentation on tax rules and make sure those were included. I had hoped more scenarios would be there out of the box to cut down on the configuration time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Avalara

We have looked at TaxJar as an alternative to Avalara. TaxJar is significantly less expensive than Avalara, but what we ran into during our evaluation was TaxJar did not have the needed connectors with NetSuite/SuiteCommerce. Also since Shopify is natively connected to Avalara, TaxJar was not able to connect with Shopify, but would have to have orders exported to NetSuite to be run by TaxJar after the customer had been charged tax in Shopify based on the Avalara calculations.
Marcus Warolin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

Concur was a lot easier and more user friendly for employees doing expense reports on their phone. That is not the case with Coupa. You must use your laptop to do expenses and our managers don't always have enough time to do that while out in the field working. This has caused some issues.
Robyn Mankoski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Avalara

Avalara 9.0
Based on 6 answers
There is no change that has to happen as your company grows, Avalara continues to do it's job for any size company
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Avalara

  • It saved me about half a day's work each month, as well as probably 2-3 days of work for the financial analyst per month.
  • Having nexus in only 4 states still required a lot of manual calculations each month, so saves many hours of work for the team each month.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Coupa

  • The easy internal process to find. Given this is the same for all teams, I'd guess there is a positive impact from our Finance Team as they only have one tool they have to manage, pull reporting from, etc.
  • Frustrating process, as mentioned at times this can be a frustrating tool to use, which I think causes a lot of employees (who are not on the Finance Team) to direct undue frustration towards the Finance Team, creating avoidable tensions.
Rachel Friedlander-Holm | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Avalara

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Coupa

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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