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Avalara

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Score 7.9 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

Flow

This seems to be a great fit for small teams as the at-a-glance approach works wonders for breaking up the vast amount of projects. You can add subtasks as well to keep the high-level folders at a minimum. Not sure how well it will do in an asset-heavy (i.e. agency) setting. Need to test that functionality more.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Type of tax

Avalara
8.5
Flow
Sales and Use Taxes
Avalara
9.2
Flow
Cross-border Taxes
Avalara
8.7
Flow
VAT / GST Taxes
Avalara
7.7
Flow
Energy and Fuel Taxes
Avalara
8.2
Flow

Tax Reporting & Compliance

Avalara
8.4
Flow
Geolocation for Tax Assessment
Avalara
8.8
Flow
3rd-Party Software Integrations
Avalara
8.1
Flow
Tax Data Reporting
Avalara
8.6
Flow
Compliance Administration Management
Avalara
8.5
Flow
Tax Exemption Processing
Avalara
8.5
Flow
Tax Document Management
Avalara
8.7
Flow
Complex Tax Scenario Management
Avalara
8.0
Flow

Project Management

Avalara
Flow
7.6
Task Management
Avalara
Flow
7.7
Resource Management
Avalara
Flow
7.5
Gantt Charts
Avalara
Flow
6.1
Scheduling
Avalara
Flow
7.7
Workflow Automation
Avalara
Flow
7.6
Team Collaboration
Avalara
Flow
7.9
Support for Agile Methodology
Avalara
Flow
8.2
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Avalara
Flow
7.3
Document Management
Avalara
Flow
8.7
Email integration
Avalara
Flow
7.5
Mobile Access
Avalara
Flow
7.2
Timesheet Tracking
Avalara
Flow
7.8
Change request and Case Management
Avalara
Flow
7.6
Budget and Expense Management
Avalara
Flow
7.6

Professional Services Automation

Avalara
Flow
7.7
Quotes/estimates
Avalara
Flow
8.0
Invoicing
Avalara
Flow
8.0
Project & financial reporting
Avalara
Flow
6.7
Integration with accounting software
Avalara
Flow
8.0

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

Flow

  • Project management
  • Traffic controlling for designers
  • Reminders
Chloe Sayers | 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

Flow

  • It would be great to be able to integrate with Google Calendar as this way it is much easier to keep an order of important dates.
  • Your search is somewhat tedious because even though you have searched for a file before, it does not save it, so it must be searched from the beginning.
Hanna Bedoya | 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

Flow

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

Flow

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

Flow

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

Flow

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Avalara

Avalara 7.4
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

Flow

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

Flow

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

Flow

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

Flow

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

Flow

Flow and Asana have many similar properties. The largest difference would be the flow desktop app - which we love. On the other hand, Asana allows free and paid users, as well as guests. The feature gap, however, has been narrowed even more in recent months.
Rusty Angell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Avalara

Avalara 9.1
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

Flow

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Avalara

  • The ability to stay up to date with the myriad of taxing locals saves a great deal.
  • Avalara's experience in getting a new user up to speed and set up is substantially faster than trying to do it yourself. And beyond faster, it will be more correct, causing less issues to solve down the road.
Jeff Hinrichs | TrustRadius Reviewer

Flow

  • Positive impact: improved efficiency
  • Positive impact: easy time trackin
  • Negative impact: poor reporting
Daniel Berry | 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

Flow

General

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

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