Sales Tax - AvaTax Processing

This feature requires additional licensing. Please contact AcctVantage Sales for a quote.

Once the AvaTax integration has been setup, the tax calculation process is essentially automatic. Sales Orders will be calculated and transmitted to AvaTax for reporting without the user needing to interact in any way.

The purpose of this article is to shed light on when AcctVantage communicates with AvaTax and how that translates to your tax reporting. AvaTax limits the number of "calls" to their service for each transaction so we've designed AcctVantage to minimize the communication while stil providing a robust experience.

Automated Tax Calculation

There are three Sales Order statuses where AcctVantage will automatically contact Avatax for tax calculations:

  • Committed
  • Shipped/Invoice
  • Posted

Committed Orders

AcctVantage first communicates with AvaTax when an Order is marked as Committed. AcctVantage sends details about the Order including Ship To address, Product info and Client info.

AvaTax returns an overall tax rate for the order to AcctVantage. This will account for any product and/or client exceptions.

If quantity, sell price or any other details of the order are changed at any point after the tax has been calculated, the system will flag the order as (Recalc Needed) and the tax amounts will be zeroed-out.

At that point, you can force the system to manually recalculate tax on the order. If you do not do this, the tax will still be recalculated when the order is eventually changed to Shipped/Invoice status.

Recalc Needed

Shipped/Invoice

When an order is changed to Shipped/Invoice status, AcctVantage will send full detail of the order to AvaTax for a second time. Sales tax will again be calculated, or recalculated, as necessary.

This is the final opportunity to modify the sales tax for an order in AcctVantage.

Posting

When an invoice is Posted, AcctVantage will make a final call to AvaTax to "commit" (their term) the Invoice to the AvaTax system.  At that point, AvaTax takes over the reporting of taxes for your various juridictions.

Manual Tax Recalculation

At any time, you may force AcctVantage to call the AvaTax service by clicking the Recalc Totals button (i.e. the calculator icon, see below).

For example, if you change the Ship To address after marking the order Committed, Avatax will not be aware of that change until marking the order Shipped/Invoice.  In that case, a click of the Recalc Totals button would force the system to send the new Ship To address to AvaTax and recalculate the sales tax.

Recalc Icon

Use AvaTax to Calculate, But Not Report on Sales Tax

You may wish to utilize the AvaTax service to calculate your sales taxes, but not report them. To do so, check the Disable Document Committing setting in the AvaTax setup screen.

We do not recommend using this feature for regular operations.  All AvaTax calculated tax liability is posted to a single Tax Area in AcctVantage, so if you collect in more than one location your reporting will be very difficult.  The integration was written and intended to pass the tax reporting burden to the web service.

A reasonable use of the Disable Document Committing checkbox would be testing to ensure AvaTax is returning valid response.

AvaTax Communication Log

See this article for more info on the AvaTax Communications Logs.

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