Very good, but could easily be even better
March 04, 2022

Very good, but could easily be even better

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Modules Used

  • AvaTax
  • Returns
  • CertCapture

Overall Satisfaction with Avalara

We use it for obtaining our sales tax rates. We also use CertCapture for exemption certificates.
  • Cloud based
  • Flexibility -- allows me to immediately change/override an address to get the rate I need.
  • Visibility of transactions
  • They used to have a color coded map that showed the spot address tax rate and the color coded areas showed the area of that tax rate area -- as well as the nearby ones and those rates. That went away. I now pay someone else for something similar. This was a big blow and disappointment.
  • Communication process seems to have gotten worse over the years (maybe as your company has gotten bigger) in my opinion.
  • My account, transactions numbers, etc. used to be easily seen when I log in. Now it's either taken away, wrong figures, unable to show, etc. Weird and very annoying.

Do you think Avalara delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with Avalara's feature set?

Yes

Did Avalara live up to sales and marketing promises?

No

Did implementation of Avalara go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Avalara again?

Yes

  • The cost of Avalara and some promises by sales team was definitely way, way off from my experience. That was a big turn-off. Better to be honest up front. In hindsight, it felt a bit "car salesman-y" (not a good quality) I feel.
  • Easy of access for staff is good.
  • We don't use your tax return filing team. We looked into it, but your setup for more basic/simple companies and their tax return process. We are much bigger and complex.
  • SAP
it was difficult -- then again, SAP is difficult with everything.
Overall it's good. User friendly and good flexibility. Not perfect by any means though.
better...much better.
It's better than the other two systems I've used in the past. I like the cloud based aspect. I also like the flexibility. There are simple items that can easily make it better. Some things you had before; some things just to add. Some are basic common sense.

Avalara Feature Ratings

Sales and Use Taxes
7
Cross-border Taxes
Not Rated
VAT / GST Taxes
Not Rated
Energy and Fuel Taxes
Not Rated
Geolocation for Tax Assessment
3
3rd-Party Software Integrations
6
Tax Data Reporting
6
Compliance Administration Management
5
Tax Exemption Processing
7
Tax Document Management
7
Complex Tax Scenario Management
6