Avalara honored as Microsoft 2010 Partner of the Year

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Avalara Inc., a leading provider of Web-powered automated sales and use tax solutions for businesses, recently has been named Microsoft Partner of the Year for 2010.

Microsoft Partner of the Year 2010 Awards will be presented in a number of categories. Avalara was recognized for superior technology and innovation in Software-plus-Services. This distinguished award honors Avalara for demonstrating innovation, competitive differentiation, and customer value while showcasing the benefits of using the software-plus-services approach.

"Microsoft is pleased to announce Avalara as the Software-plus-Services Partner of the Year," said Allison Watson, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp.

"Built entirely on Microsoft technology, Avalara's AvaTax created an enterprise-level solution for small and medium businesses that has transformed the sales tax compliance process through powerful decision-making and calculation capabilities," Watson said. "Avalara's on-demand system delivers quick and accurate tax calculations while driving down customer costs."

The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the last year. Avalara was chosen out of an international field of nearly 3,000 top Microsoft partners because Avalara has consistently delivered market-leading customer solutions built on Microsoft technology, and has done so since 2004, according to the company.

"This recognition from Microsoft - selecting us from among nearly 3,000 highly-qualified Microsoft technology partners - demonstrates that Avalara has moved from leader in an important niche market to a player in the national business marketplace," said Scott McFarlane, founder and CEO of Avalara. "Since 2004, we have worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that our products and SaaS services were completely integrated with state-of-the-art Microsoft technology. This award is the prominent acknowledgment of the results of our strong commitment to the Microsoft Partner program."

Using systems custom-developed on a Microsoft platform, Avalara monitors nearly 15,000 taxing jurisdictions and provides - on a monthly basis - its more than 25,000 licensed users and on-demand sales tax management clients with the most up-to-date rate, rules, and boundary information available. Avalara solutions provide fast address validations and sales and use tax calculations for each business transaction, on- or off-line, as well as exemption certificate management, robust reporting, and complete automated sales and use tax filing and remittance.

About Avalara:

Based in Bainbridge Island, WA, Avalara is transforming the sales and use tax compliance process for businesses of all sizes. With point-and-click ease, Avalara provides the fastest, easiest, most accurate and affordable way for companies to address their statutory tax requirements. Avalara is the industry's most trusted provider of sales and use tax solutions, serving more than 25,000 licensed users located throughout the U.S., Canada, and abroad, delivering more than 250 million sales tax transactions, and filing and remitting more than $10 billion in sales & use tax collections per year. In addition, Avalara is the recognized leader in Web-based sales tax services and solutions.