Avalara will stop providing support for TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1. To ensure a seamless and secure experience, Avalara will only support only TLS 1.2 moving forward. Read on for details regarding system vulnerabilities and important dates relating to the changes in support.

What is TLS?

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol designed to provide communications security over a computer network. TLS is the successor to the now deprecated Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) as a means of securing data exchanged between parties online.

Just like every other software in use today, regular updates ensure its viability and mitigation of vulnerabilities in the face of nefarious actors. The most current version of the technology is TLS 1.2.

Disabling TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 is a very common industry approach as documented in the below NSA datasheet. This is a communication protocol that many technical specialists are familiar with, so the rationale behind Avalara disabling these versions should not come as a surprise to customers and should be expected.

For additional context please see the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Cybersecurity Information datasheet.

Avalara TLS 1.2 Service Changes

Effective 15 December 2021, Avalara will support only the secure Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 connection in Sandbox accounts. All Avalara AvaTax for Communications SaaS REST and SOAP customers, Geo customers, and SaaS Standard customers must upgrade their Sandbox accounts from TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 to TLS 1.2 before 15 December 2021. Failing to upgrade will affect the access and connection to your Avalara account.

Effective 15 January 2022, Avalara will support only the secure Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 connection in Production accounts. All Avalara AvaTax for Communications SaaS REST and SOAP customers, Geo customers, and SaaS Standard customers must upgrade their Production accounts from TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 to TLS 1.2 before 15 January 2022. Failing to upgrade will affect the access and connection to your Avalara account.

Important Dates for Avalara TLS 1.2 Cutover

As Avalara continues to improve our security protocols, we will no longer support TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in our REST v2 API as of March 30, 2022. Continued use of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 poses a security risk, and these protocols will no longer be supported.

Clients using these versions are expected to upgrade to support our new standards of TLS 1.2.

This deprecation will affect non-browser software, APIs and other internet infrastructure, so partners and customers who are not yet using TLS 1.2 should plan accordingly.

This change will take effect in our REST v2 API on the following dates:

Sandbox: Feb 1, 2022

Production: March 30, 2022

What Do You Need to Do as an Avalara User?

Avalara’s connectors are equipped to auto-negotiate using TLS.  You don’t need to change anything in your systems in order to use a TLS connector.

NOTE: Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla will disable Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 support in their respective browsers in the first half of 2020.

    • The primary AvaTax endpoint supports TLS 1.2, 1.1, and 1.0 (1.1 and 1.0 until deprecation in first half of 2020).
    • If your connector supports TLS 1.2 they should be able to negotiate over security protocol without any issues. Please use TLS 1.2 as your default.

What happens on March 31, 2022?

Avalara will discontinue support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.0 and 1.1 on our Production RESTv2 API endpoint on 3/31/2022.

What about the older SOAP and RESTv1 API endpoints?

Avalara will continue to support TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in SOAP and REST v1 endpoints until 12/31/22. It is strongly recommended that partners still using these legacy APIs refactor to Avalara’s REST v2 API as soon as possible. To assist with this transition, Avalara has published a Refactor Guide to provide details on moving existing supported software to Avalara’s RESTv2 API.

A general customer communication was sent out on 1/6/22, and that information is posted here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this update, please submit a Partner Support Case using the following process:

  • If you have access to an AvaTax account, please follow these instructions. Enter “Partner support” and a description in the Subject.
  • Don’t have access to an AvaTax account? Submit a case here. Include ‘Partner support’ in the ‘What issue are you experiencing?’ field. (Important: Leave the field “Which product are you using” as “None.”)

Avalara has identified the most at-risk partner integrations running on legacy SOAP APIs and SDK’s and will be reaching out to impacted partners with specific recommendations to get these integrations TLS 1.2-compliant.

In support of the technical specialists receiving this correspondence please see the table below, which provides SDK-specific details.

SDK Language / Framework Minimum Client Version for TLS 1.2 Support Notes Current SDK TLS 1.2 Status
C# .NET Preferred .NET framework >= 4.7 (TLS 1.2 is default)

Supported in 4.6.2, 4.6.1, 4.5 with service updates, but 1.1 is default.

Preferred .NET standard version > 2.0.(TLS 1.2 is default) Supported in .NET standard version 1.6 and 2.0 (TLS 1.1 is default)

Preferred .NET framework >= 4.7 / .Net Core >= 2.1 (with default TLS1.2)

For other .NET version, registry changes (/ Windows update) are required to support TLS 1.2:

(https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/framework/network-programming/tls)

SUPPORTED
Java / Scala / JRE Java 8 recommended.

Java 7 must explicitly enable TLS 1.2.

Java 6 supports TLS 1.2 in versions 6u115 b32 and above.

Scala 2.13.4 recommended. 2.12.12 is acceptable. These versions are only compatible with Java 8+.

Java 8 recommended (with default TLS1.2)

Recommended Instructions to enable TLS1.2 in Java 7 and Java 6

SUPPORTED
JavaScript Node12 recommended. It supports OpenSSL 1.1.1, which supports TLS 1.2. Node12 also supports TLS 1.3 and will be maintained until 2022. Node12 and above recommended (EOL 04/2022) SUPPORTED
Python Behavior for Python 2.7 and 3.x is platform dependent, since calls are made to the operating system socket APIs. Both Python versions default to the highest available TLS versions. The installed version of OpenSSL may also cause variations in behavior. For example, TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2 come with OpenSSL version 1.0.1. Recommended v3.6+, minimum 2.7.

The python community has rejected <TLS 1.2 for several years. Developers must update to TLS 1.2+ compatible versions to download/update python packages from Pypi. It’s possible to enforce TLS1.2+ connects through modifying the request package.

Recommended v3.6+

Recommended OpenSSL version 1.0.1 or higher

SUPPORTED
PHP Depends on curl & OpenSSL (v1.0.1) version of the system. OpenSSL v1.0.1 and above support TLS 1.2. Recommended PHP 5.6+. It uses CURL for making API calls and supports CURL version 7.34.0, which has default support for TLS 1.2. PHP 5.5.19 appears to be min version. PHP 5.7 defaults to TLS 1.3. Recommended PHP 5.6+

Recommended OpenSSL version 1.0.1 or higher

Recommended cURL version 7.34.0 or higher

SUPPORTED
Ruby Depends on curl & OpenSSL (v1.0.1) version of the system. OpenSSL v1.0.1 and above support TLS 1.2. Ruby 2+, ensure version of OpenSSL is 1.0.2 or greater, which supports TLS 1.2. Ruby version not strictly enforced currently. Recommended Ruby 2+

Recommended OpenSSL version 1.0.1 or higher

Recommended cURL version 7.34.0 or higher

SUPPORTED

As a certified Avalara integration partner, Encompass can help you manage the maintenance of your Avalara solution and unique business processes. For more information on our partner Avalara and Encompass support services, reach out using the contact us button below.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


You might already know that the Avalara CRUSH Virtual event on May 27, 2021 includes keynotes from industry leaders and policy experts, vital information on global commerce and tax compliance trends, along with a concert from Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc. However, did you know that CRUSH City, the comprehensive activity center, features more than 100 different stations for you to dive even deeper? Learn about issues impacting your specific industry. Get your questions answered by experts, access demos and resources such as white papers, and network with peers.

Avalara CRUSH Virtual Event

CRUSH City activities will be available May 24-26 for a limited number of participants each day and open to all on May 27. Attendees will also have 24/7 access to Avalara CRUSH Virtual content, including keynote recordings, for 30 days after the event. Oh, and it’s free to register!

The changes businesses made to stay afloat during COVID-19 can create risks around local, state, and international sales tax regulations. If you’ve started selling more online, offering new products or services, or you simply want to stay on top of tax obligations, Avalara CRUSH Virtual is for you.

Click here to learn more about this virtual event from a trusted leader in tax compliance. Get tax and technology insights from experts and industry leaders — and save your spot for May 27, 2021.

Some key benefits of the event include:

  • Thought leadership and guidance for your specific needs around tax, commerce, and technology
  • Resources for your industry, including retail, fuel, software, manufacturing, and more
  • Flexibility for your schedule, with varied session times throughout the day and on-demand content available via the CRUSH City interactive hub
  • Livestream entertainment

Avalara CRUSH Virtual Event Keynote Speakers

Here are the leaders who will be presenting keynotes at this worldwide event — and don’t forget, registration is free!

Brent Bellm: Chairman and CEO at BigCommerce, which serves over 60,000 online stores in more than 120 countries. Under Brent’s leadership, the company has transformed into a leading open SaaS platform serving medium to large customers.

Lockie Andrews: CIO and CDO of apparel company UNTUCKit, and founder of Catalyst Consulting, an advisory firm that specializes in “all things digital” for consumer and next-generation tech companies. UNTUCKit was honored by The Lead with a spot on its 2019 “Foremost 50” list of digital innovators and an “Icon Award” in 2020.

Mickey North Rizza: Program vice president for Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce at IDC, a provider of market intelligence and advisory services for IT, telecom, and consumer technology markets. Mickey’s thought leadership and evangelism have helped businesses of all types thrive.

Kim Rueben: Sol Price fellow and director of the State and Local Finance Initiative at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank. Her work focuses on state budget and tax issues, intergovernmental relations, and fiscal institutions.

Nancy Harris: EVP North America for Sage, one of the world’s largest ERP software providers. Nancy has more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and partner development. Before joining Sage in 2011, she successfully led large SaaS and enterprise software companies.

These are just a few of the amazing speakers on tap for Avalara CRUSH Virtual event— to check out the full lineup and register for FREE, click here.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


This month, Encompass joined the ranks of Avalara Certified Implementation Partners. We have been implementing Avalara’s automated tax compliance software and Epicor ERP for years. It was only recently that we made things official.

A big congratulations to our own Leslie Kendall for completing the certification program and earning us a place of distinction among the Avalara and Epicor partner communities. We want to thank Avalara as well for a partnership that continues to grow and develop alongside our respective organizations. We look forward to many more years empowering manufacturers with  business management solutions.

Avalara Certified Implementation Partners

Encompass Solutions achieved Partner status by completing Avalara Solutions certification training for implementation components.

As a Certified Implementation Partner, Encompass is provided the highest level of support for their Encompass-implemented clients. This includes direct access to senior technical resources.

Encompass also enhances the implementation experience through the use of unique project management templates, Avalara implementation best practices, and access to internal tools to address the needs of  data migration, tax code mapping, and more.

How Customers Benefit

The benefits of being listed among Avalara Certified Implementation are not reserved for Encompass or Avalara exclusively. Customers relying on us for Avalara-related projects enjoy many benefits of the partnership, including:

Confidence – Avalara Certified Implementation Partners pass rigorous training, have access to tools and priority support, so you can be confident when you go live on your automated tax compliance solution.

Customer Experience- Clients benefit from a single point of contact, expert in their ERP or accounting system, familiar with tier business challenges, focused on their business success.

Time to Value – ​Implementing a tax compliance solution can be time consuming and risky. Avalara Certified Implementation Partners are trained to accelerate your time to value while minimizing your firm’s time commitment.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Aseptico designs, manufactures and distributes high quality surgical, endodontic, and portable dental equipment.

Aseptico sells directly to dentists and oral surgeons, but they also supply distributors and dealers. The company is proud to provide OEM products for some of the largest dental distributors in the world. Aseptico also ships to public health, military, and nonprofit organizations.

Success Highlights

Challenges

  • Managing economic nexus and tax filings in all states across the U.S.
  • Handling Voluntary Disclosure Agreements (VDA), tax notices
  • Showing appropriate taxes on quotes and invoices
  • Streamline the process of managing legacy and new tax certificates

Solution

  • Epicor® ERP

Benefits

  • Increased efficiency by time and costs saved on tax determination
  • The solution is end-to-end compliance provided by Avalara
  • Everything is monitored on taxes, the notification area at login is helpful
  • Use tax for AP is included
  • Affordable costs compared to alternatives
  • One bank transaction instead of 40 each month

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


2020 has reached the mid-year mark and Avalara is delivering a live presentation on this year’s sales tax changes. The report takes stock of what’s taken place in the world of sales tax since the year began. This includes emerging trends, unforeseen changes, and the curveball this year threw the world with the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for a live webinar presented on July 15 at 1 pm by the sales tax experts at Avalara on their 2020 Sales Tax Changes Midyear Update.

COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hamstrung brick-and-mortar commerce with a tremendous shift to digital operations and eCommerce.

All the while, businesses scrambled to deliver on fulfilment obligations to customers, remain solvent, and even retool to meet the demand for specific products.

Governments addressed the issue in a number of ways, with delayed VAT filings or temporarily cut the VAT rate for industries bearing the largest impacts. For example, the United States pushed back to state and federal income tax deadlines. This provides more time for individuals and businesses to file and pay.

2 Years Beyond South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

If you recall the 2018 United States Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., the ruling enabled states to tax businesses that have economic activity but no physical presence in the state. Otherwise known as economic nexus. It was a big deal. It still is. At the time, only a handful of states moved on the new ruling and began charging states without physical presence sales tax.

Fast-forward to the June 2020 sales tax situation and the vast majority of states have signed on to adopt these economic nexus laws. COVID-19 has only heightened awareness among states that remain on the fence and it won’t be long before these convoluted rules apply to all 50 states.

States Need More Money

As the last six months have proven, the states are on their own in a number of social and economic areas. As the pandemic continues to send shockwaves through economies of every scale, states are sure they’ll need to supplement their coffers one way or another to remain effective in serving their residents. 2020 sales tax rules for individual states are likely to change to address the need for making up lost revenue.

Digital And Streaming Services Can Expect To Pay More

If you haven’t heard of Zoom or GoTo Meeting, chances are you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months. States are anticipated to raise taxes on these heavily utilized platforms. As a result, digital meeting and entertainment services are likely to see sales tax legislature expanded at their expense.

More Collection Requirements For Marketplace Facilitators

Marketplace facilitators like Etsy, Amazon, eBay and others, are expected to collect and remit sales tax at an increasing rate. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Most states already have such laws governing marketplace facilitator sales tax collections on the books. Just four states remain in this situation in the entirety of the US. One is already closely eyeing the implementation of such legislation.

The Dynamic Nature of 2020 Sales Tax

Nothing is guaranteed but death and taxes. Unfortunately, sales tax rules seldom retain the same state for very long. The last six months have seen reductions or eliminations of sales tax rules for feminine hygiene products. There’s even been discussion within some regions on the elimination of sales tax for firearms. Now, groceries are a focal point for communities hardest hit by job loss and economic downturn.

You can read more in Avlara’s comprehensive report, here: 2020 sales tax changes midyear update.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


24 states can take the burden of managing sales tax off remote sellers’ shoulders through Streamlined Sales Tax (SST).

an image of the Tax compliance is a challenging undertaking for a business of any size. Regulations are changing constantly at local, state, and federal levels. Not to mention, business relationships with suppliers and customers are growing and expanding, too. All of this ties in to how tax liability is organized, calculated, and addressed. Now, what would you say to an offer that included all of these services and more, for free? Kind of a no brainer, right? Well, if your company resides in one of the 24 qualifying states, you can take advantage of this special program, free of charge. Take advantage of: • Free state registrations • Free tax calculations • Free tax returns preparation, filing and remittance • Audit assistance. Here’s how you can apply at no cost to your business. The Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Agreement enables participating states to simplify and modernize sales tax administration, in order to substantially reduce the tax compliance burden. As one of only a few certified SST service providers, our partners at Avalara perform the above tasks. In this case, the states pay Avalara for the services, while qualifying businesses get them for free. You can start the qualification process by visiting the following link: Get free tax services in 24 states. About Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) member states

How to Take Advantage of SST

SST has never been more important for remote sellers than it is today. With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. which gave states more authority to impose sales tax obligations on remote sellers, you may be wondering how you’ll comply with the new laws.

What You’ll Learn About SST

Let our partner at Avalara help. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to:

  • Decrease the cost of sales tax calculation, returns, and filing
  • Reduce audit risk
  • Determine if your business qualifies for SST cost savings

You can’t afford to miss this! Join us for Streamlined Sales Tax (SST): Discover How to Get Free Tax Services in 24 States.

Date: Tuesday October 29th, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Duration: 30 Minutes

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Platinum Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Learning that you now have to collect and remit sales tax to a lot more states because of economic nexus can stress a business financially. Streamlined Sales Tax (SST), basically free sales tax services, makes this process simpler and cost-effective. As a result, you can file returns in 24 states for free if you qualify. Our partner Avalara is certified by SST and can also save you time and money by automating all your sales tax compliance-related activities. Curious if Avalara SST could be a cost-saving compliance option for you? Find out if you qualify.

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Free Sales Tax Services

Do you find that it’s taking much longer to look up tax rates now that you must register and file in more states? That seems to be the norm now that remote sales are taxable. The Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Agreement can help with the heavy lifting by providing free sales tax services. These free sales tax automation services including registration, rate calculation, remittance and returns filing in 24 states if you qualify. The states incur all costs. That means you pay no fees. This is your chance to automate tax compliance and get the states to pay for it! This state-subsidized program helps companies manage multi-state tax compliance. Did we mention that it’s free?

Our partner Avalara is certified by the SST to offer you these free sales tax services. Start the qualification process.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Gold Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. We provide full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems. For businesses addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Tax compliance is a challenging undertaking for a business of any size. Regulations are changing constantly at local, state, and federal levels. Business relationships with suppliers and customers undergo similar changes regularly. All of this ties into how tax liability is organized, calculated, and addressed. Streamlined sales tax can deliver the answers your business needs with ease.

Now, what would you say to an offer that included all of these services and more, for free? Kind of a no brainer, right? Well, if your company does business in one of the 24 member states, you can take advantage of this special program, free of charge. Click here to get started.

an image of the Tax compliance is a challenging undertaking for a business of any size. Regulations are changing constantly at local, state, and federal levels. Not to mention, business relationships with suppliers and customers are growing and expanding, too. All of this ties in to how tax liability is organized, calculated, and addressed. Now, what would you say to an offer that included all of these services and more, for free? Kind of a no brainer, right? Well, if your company resides in one of the 24 qualifying states, you can take advantage of this special program, free of charge. Take advantage of: • Free state registrations • Free tax calculations • Free tax returns preparation, filing and remittance • Audit assistance. Here’s how you can apply at no cost to your business. The Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Agreement enables participating states to simplify and modernize sales tax administration, in order to substantially reduce the tax compliance burden. As one of only a few certified SST service providers, our partners at Avalara perform the above tasks. In this case, the states pay Avalara for the services, while qualifying businesses get them for free. You can start the qualification process by visiting the following link: Get free tax services in 24 states. About Streamlined Sales Tax member states

Take advantage of free:

  • State registrations
  • Tax calculations
  • Tax returns preparation, filing and remittance
  • Audit assistance.

Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement Details

Here’s how you can apply at no cost to your business. The Agreement enables participating states to simplify and modernize sales tax administration, in order to substantially reduce the tax compliance burden. As one of only a few certified SST service providers, our partners at Avalara perform the above tasks. The states pay Avalara for the services and qualifying businesses get them for free.

Contact Encompass Solutions, Inc. using the link below to start the qualification process.

About Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board Inc.

The effort that became the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board began in March 2000. The goal of this effort is to find solutions for the complexity in-state sales tax systems that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court holding (Bellas Hess v. Illinois and Quill Corp. v. North Dakota) that a state may not require a seller that does not have physical presence in the state to collect tax on sales into the state. The Court ruled that the existing system was too complicated to impose on a business that did not have a physical presence in the state. The Court said Congress has the authority to allow states to require remote sellers to collect tax.

The result of this work is the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. This Agreement simplifies and modernizes sales and use tax administration in order to substantially reduce the burden of tax compliance. The Agreement focuses on improving sales and use tax administration systems for all sellers and for all types of commerce through all of the following:

  1. State-level administration of sales and use tax collections.
  2. Uniformity in the state and local tax bases.
  3. Uniformity of major tax base definitions.
  4. A central, electronic registration system for all member states.
  5. Simplification of state and local tax rates.
  6. Uniform sourcing rules for all taxable transactions.
  7. Simplified administration of exemptions.
  8. Simplified tax returns.
  9. Simplification of tax remittances.
  10. Protection of consumer privacy.

Today twenty-four states have adopted the simplification measures in the Agreement (representing over 31 percent of the population) and more states are moving to adopt the simplification measures.

About Avalara

Experts in all things revolving around tax compliance, Avalara makes tax compliance easy and efficient. This enables you to do what you do best, without constantly worrying about rate changes or filing deadlines.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Gold Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


We’re happy to see our partners at Avalara delivering top tech solutions, like AI with their recent acquisition of Indix, to empower businesses of every size. These tools will be instrumental in enabling businesses to better address compliance and regulation issues surrounding their taxes. Avalara is one of the leading providers of tax compliance automation software for businesses of all sizes. They announced today in a press release that the company has acquired Indix’s AI technology and expertise. Avalara acquires Indix in an effort to offer the industry’s most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive source of global tax and product content.

Thoughts From CEOs As Avalara Acquires Indix

According to Sanjay Parthasarathy, CEO of Indix, “Avalara and Indix share a similar global vision. From day one, we built Indix to collect, organize, and structure the world’s product information using artificial intelligence. With the addition of the Indix expertise, Avalara will be able to efficiently and rapidly refine its content to meet the expanding and evolving needs of its customers.”

Scott McFarlane, co-founder and CEO of Avalara, added,”Global taxing authorities govern compliance through ever-changing rules and requirements, and the task of gathering and maintaining this data is core to the value Avalara provides. We believe the combination of deep product knowledge, broad product content, and artificial intelligence technology will allow us to provide our customers the information they want and need to factor compliance into their business decision-making, and for Avalara to address more compliance requirements to support their growth.”

Avalara Acquires Indix For Database Applications

As Avalara acquires Indix, the goal is to use AI as a tool in maintaining and expanding the company’s already substantial tax content database. The database includes international product codes and their classifications, taxability rules, exemption conditions, tax holidays, jurisdictions, boundaries, tax rates, thresholds, registration, compliance, and return preparation and filing requirements.

As a non-revenue generating activity, remaining compliant and up-to-date on tax regulations and laws can place a significant drain on business’ accounting departments. Maintaining knowledge is difficult and resource-intensive. The required technology, expertise, and human resources are not insignificant and by collecting new content and tracking changes through automated software, businesses can eliminate what is generally a highly manual process. Avalara acquires Indix to address this problem and automate the aggregation and accurate maintenance of its tax content.

About Avalara

Offering end-to-end tax compliance solutions to enterprises big and small, Avalara makes automated certificate validation, storage, and management easy. Avalara’s cloud-based sales tax automation software provides accuracy for all of the 12,000+ tax jurisdictions in the United States. Avalara ensures that automating sales, tax calculation, and maintaining compliance are all possible within your existing ERP, POS, or e-commerce system.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.