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Avalara Launches Low-Code Platform and New APIs for Developers

Avalara announced a new low-code platform to easily build integrations between Avalara’s compliance platform and business applications, and two new APIs for sales tax returns and e-invoicing.

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Embedded compliance functions allow Avalara partners to serve their customers more holistically within the software they already use.

Avalara is expanding opportunities for partners to build compliance integrations and experiences. To offer flexibility and control to developers, Avalara is pursuing a headless compliance approach that decouples the front-end presentation layer of a compliance experience from the back-end compliance functionality.

With the new and future APIs for compliance, software developers can quickly and easily build complete compliance workflows into business applications.

Avalara New Low-Code Developer Tools

Avalara simplifies tax by automating the compliance requirements for businesses. The company has done so by delivering Avalara Compliance Cloud applications to end-users through our ecosystem of more than 1,200 signed partner integrations into every business system, from ERPs and point of sale systems to ecommerce and marketplace platforms.

Developers make the seamless integration of compliance into these applications a reality, building and maintaining integrations for the accurate flow of data between systems that manage transactions and finance, and Avalara’s platform.

To improve the process of creating and maintaining integrations for partners, Avalara Integration Studio provides simple, customized workflows developers can follow to build specific functions. Integration Studio simplifies the complexity surrounding code and tax requirements, so developers don’t need to know Avalara code and can bring in non-technical teams to assist in the development of integrations.

“Developers are critical partners to Avalara. We want to make it as easy as possible for developers to build integrations, compliance experiences, and brand new compliance applications using the innovation and expertise from Avalara. The capabilities announced today are the next step in our journey of learning from, working with, and supporting the developer community.”

Sanjay Parthasarathy, chief product officer at Avalara

Avalara New APIs

  • Avalara’s e-Invoicing API will allow partners to offer their customers the ability to trigger and manage e-invoicing workflows from within their application.
  • Avalara’s Returns API will allow partners to embed tax return workflows for their customers natively within their application.

Avalara’s new offerings extend the company’s API portfolio beyond tax calculation and compliance document management. Avalara is seeking partners to test the two new APIs, which are currently in development.

E-invoicing and associated live reporting requirements facilitate the exchange of transactions and related tax information, between businesses and governments in or near real-time.

More than 60 countries rely on or have announced the intent to move to an e-invoicing system for compliance, whereby businesses must use specific formats and/or validate transactions with governments.

Avalara’s e-Invoicing API will enable partners to automate their customers’ e-invoicing obligations within their experience.

Partners can provide their customers with an e-invoicing offering that meets leading market standards, like PEPPOL BIS 3.0, as well as country-specific standards such as Portuguese eSPap, German ZUGFeRD, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Fatoorah.

Sales tax returns are an essential part of tax compliance and can be costly and time-consuming for businesses.

Today, Avalara helps prepare and file returns for customers using transactional data in their business applications. Because of the matrix of state and local returns rules and deadlines, businesses are preparing and filing returns on a recurring, regular basis, requiring near-constant review and interaction with return preparation tools.

Avalara’s Returns API will enable partners to present the sales tax return flows for their customers natively in their business applications, making it convenient and simple for customers to engage throughout this returns filing process.

This includes activities such as reviewing tax liabilities, viewing and approving a pre-populated tax return form, submitting the form for filing via Avalara.

Avalara has many resources for developers available today, including the Avalara Developer Portal, Avalara Developer blog, and Avalara NEXT, an event for developers responsible for building global tax compliance into commerce and business operations.

Avalara will unveil the new capabilities at Avalara NEXT. Interested developers can register here.

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