Avalara simplifies sales tax calculations and filings.
December 04, 2019

Avalara simplifies sales tax calculations and filings.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • AvaTax
  • Returns

Overall Satisfaction with Avalara

I use Avalara for two companies -- one using a Shopify feed and the other that sells only on Amazon. Avalara solves my state sales tax filings for both companies. With the Shopify store, the feed is automatic and I just have to review the liability worksheet once a month. With the Amazon store, I have to upload transactions from Amazon and then review the liability worksheet. It's easy to pull returns and track filings.

Pros

  • My account rep (Tosca) has been excellent in dealing with any issues I many have.
  • Sales tax filings are timely.
  • It's easy to track and obtain copies of filings.
  • There are a ton of helpful reports.

Cons

  • For Amazon manual transaction upload, it would be great if there was an automatic way to pull the Amazon report and upload rather than reformat.
  • It would cost a lot of time and money to file all of the state sales returns manually and would not be worth it.
Once I took the time to learn all of the reporting and the integration, it is a very robust platform. The compliance team is excellent as well. I don't feel like anything falls through the cracks.
We use Avalara to both calculate the sales tax liabilities and to file sales tax returns. Doing it ourselves would be very cumbersome and time consuming. Avalara is also very reasonably priced for the service.
For our Amazon store, we used TaxJar, but they didn't seem to be able to keep up with the demand to add states.
I've used other platforms and I don't think there is a more accurate or better platform for sales tax compliance on the market. It's better than doing it yourself. I would highly recommend Avalara.

Avalara Feature Ratings

Sales and Use Taxes
10
Cross-border Taxes
Not Rated
VAT / GST Taxes
Not Rated
Energy and Fuel Taxes
Not Rated
Geolocation for Tax Assessment
10
3rd-Party Software Integrations
10
Tax Data Reporting
10
Compliance Administration Management
10
Tax Exemption Processing
10
Tax Document Management
10
Complex Tax Scenario Management
Not Rated

Avalara Implementation

For the Shopify store, it is easy. For Amazon transactions, it could be easier.

Integrating Avalara

  • Shopify
  • Amazon
Shopify integration is super easy. Amazon requires manual transaction uploads.

Comments

  • Bobby Sands | TrustRadius Reviewer
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience using Avalara AvaTax and Returns with Shopify and Amazon. We work hard to deliver our customers a reliable and easy-to-use solution, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to serve you. We'll share your positive feedback with Tosca as well.

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