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Avalara Offers Managed Tax Category Classification


Avalara Inc. now has Avalara Managed Tax Category Classification, an artificial intelligence-based, self-service tool paired with assisted classification services to allow business clients to efficiently classify their products and services to tax categories — regardless of the size of their product catalogs.

Jul 23rd 2021
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Avalara's new Managed Tax Category Classification is built to generate classification decisions and aid in state and local taxability determinations for businesses’ U.S. product catalogs. When businesses introduce a new product or service, it must be classified into the correct tax category. With more than 13,000 sales and use tax jurisdictions in the U.S. alone, and many having unique sets of rules for how products and services are taxed, accurately assigning taxability is challenging.

To determine product taxability, businesses must take into consideration details such as how an item is made, where it’s sold, how it’s delivered, and more for every jurisdiction. Because product and service catalogs and tax laws are continually changing, product classification and taxability determinations require year-round attention, staffing, and resources. Given the complex nature of product catalogs and tax laws, manual classification and determination could pose audit liability if done incorrectly, while also creating a strain on time, personnel, and financial resources for businesses.

Avalara Managed Tax Category Classification enables business clients to:

  • Improve the accuracy of tax calculations. Match products and services to the correct tax category, enabling more accurate tax rate determinations. Avalara Managed Tax Category Classification uses machine learning to provide up-to-date classifications that helps mitigate over- and undercharging tax, while leaving room to apply special considerations, like SNAP and WIC eligibility.
  • Save time classifying products. Decrease the amount of time spent researching and making decisions on proper product classifications. Avalara’s product content database assists AI and machine learning algorithms and search functions to easily identify and classify products.
  • Simplify product classifications to protect business margins. Accelerate time-to-market for new products with faster classification, and reduce the risk of penalties and audit with more accurate classification details regardless of the size and volume of product catalogs.

For additional information on Avalara Managed Tax Category Classification, please click here.