What is Avalara AvaTax?
Avalara AvaTax is a cloud-based automated sales tax compliance service that integrates with Unify Desktop.
How does it work with Unify Desktop?
Unify Desktop connects directly with your AvaTax account to calculate the correct taxes for each order. When you post the order to QuickBooks, the taxes will post as the line item "AvaTax."
How do I get an AvaTax account?
Visit Avalara’s website to get started.
How much does it cost to use AvaTax with Unify Desktop?
AvaTax is included in the Unify Desktop Enterprise plan. For all other plans, the AvaTax add-on is $25/month.
AvaTax charges its users a fee per transaction to calculate taxes, and they will bill you directly.
Can I try out the AvaTax integration in my Unify Desktop trial?
Yes, AvaTax integration is available during your free 15-day trial.
Is AvaTax integration available for international QuickBooks versions?
No, it’s currently available only for U.S. versions of QuickBooks.
Can I use an AvaTax test account in Unify Desktop?
Yes, just select “Use Avalara test account” in the taxes area of the setup wizard.
Does AvaTax validate addresses to ensure that taxes are accurate?
Yes you need to select the “Use address validation” option in the taxes area of the setup wizard.
Does AvaTax automatically validate addresses for all countries?
You need to select which countries for which you want the addresses validated. Click “settings” next to the “Use address validation” checkbox.
I am already using an AvaTax plugin on my store. Do I need the Unify Desktop Avalara add-on?
If all your sales channels are already using AvaTax to calculate taxes, then you do not need them to be calculated in Unify Desktop. However, if you are selling on multiple channels (i.e. multiple online platforms, or an online store and retail store) and not all of them are compatible with AvaTax, then we recommend having AvaTax calculate the taxes within Unify Desktop to make sure that all your sales have the proper taxes.
What if some of my customers are tax-exempt?
You can designate customers as tax-exempt in the customer area by selecting the proper entity use code and exemption number.
When does AvaTax calculate the taxes?
Taxes are calculated when orders are posted to QuickBooks?
When does Unify Desktop commit the taxes to AvaTax?
You can commit a tax document (record the calculated taxes in your AvaTax account) when you post the order to QuickBooks, when you post the order back to the store, or not commit taxes at all. Read more in this help article.
Can I void the created tax document in AvaTax?
When you cancel an order in Unify Desktop it will automatically void the taxes in AvaTax. You can also log in to your AvaTax account to manually void taxes.
How does AvaTax know which tax codes are applicable to my products?
You can map tax codes to your Quickbooks products within Unify Desktop, or you can map tax codes to your items within AvaTax. Learn more in this help article.
How are taxes calculated on shipping charges?
Unify Desktop codes shipping charges as “FR,” and AvaTax decides based on applicable taxation rules if the charges are taxable.
How is the discount amount managed in tax calculation?
Unify Desktop flags the items as discounted, and AvaTax distributes the discount to each item in the order before calculating the taxes.