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Add a custom exposure zone

This article applies to:CertCapture

An exposure zone is a geographic area where state or local taxing authorities expect you to collect and remit sales tax.  If you have tax-exempt customers in these exposure zones, you will need to collect compliance documents (such as exemption certificates) from those customers to avoid exposure in event of an audit.

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Custom exposure zones are not compatible with AvaTax. Make sure to use the built-in state or province exposure zones for any documents that you expect to exempt your customers in AvaTax.



  1. In CertCapture, go to Settings > Account Settings > Exposure Zones.
    The Exposure Zones page opens.
  2. In the Exposure Zones pane, select one of the following:
    • Add Exposure Zone: To add a new custom exposure zone.
    • Edit: To edit an existing exposure zone.
  3. In the Add Exposure Zone dialog box, add the following:
    • Name of the exposure zone
    • Description of the exposure zone
    • State or region where the exposure zone is located
    • Country where the exposure zone is located
    • Add On Ship-To: When enabled, this exposure zone is added anytime the related state is added as an exposure zone.
      • Example: Create an exposure zone for "LA Parish" and check Add On Ship-To, CertCapture will add two exposure zones ("LA Parish" and LA) whenever you add LA as an exposure zone. If left unchecked, you'll have to add the two exposure zones separately.
  4. Select Add Exposure Zone to save it.
  5. Select Edit to modify an existing exposure zone.
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