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Avalara says its newly introduced Sales Tax Risk Assessment tool provides a detailed assessment of state-by-state tax obligation risk. The sales tax software company said this month the self-serve online resource will provide the report over email.


Liz Armbruester, Avalara’s SVP of global compliance, noted the tool’s release come at a time when the coronavirus has caused many states to waive sales tax payment, interest or both.

“The taxing authorities have thrown a few more rules at them [busiesses] for their benefit,” she said. However, at some point, businesses will have to make payments and Avalara advises them to continue payments on the regular schedule. And she notes, that not all states that waive payment deadlines have waived interest on payments

“It’s just more complexity these businesses have to manage,” Armbruester says.

What the assessment tool offers is a simple way to assess risk. Businesses answer three questions about sales and where they remit tax, or they can upload transactions with a via a  template. The tool will alert them about states in which their sales transactions may have triggered a tax collection obligation.

Users receive a PDF report on that subject and a color-coded map to show tax risk. The assessment tool enables them to “discover states where their sales activity has likely triggered sales tax obligations and determine which states should be closely monitored,” Avalara said.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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