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An introduction to the Avalara VAT Returns service

This page provides an introduction to the Avalara VAT Returns service.

Your Avalara VAT Returns account

As part of the registration process you will receive login details for your Avalara VAT Returns account. This is where you will upload your data. Please do not share your login details with colleagues as all the nominated users at your organisation will receive their own login details.

Your account will enable you to:

  • Upload your VAT returns data directly to our secure website.
  • Review draft VAT returns.
  • Approve your VAT returns at the click of a button.
  • View your filing calendar to see upcoming deadlines.
  • Access your historic filing data.

Avalara VAT Returns online account walk-through

Please note: we are making regular improvements and updates to the VAT Returns platform, some visual elements in the platform will appear slightly differently than as shown in the above video. 

Minimum browser requirements  

For the best experience using Avalara VAT Returns, make sure your Internet browser meets the minimum requirements detailed below:

  • Chrome: Latest version 
  • Firefox: Latest version 
  • Safari: Latest version 
  • Microsoft Edge: Latest version

The Avalara VAT Returns website provides a fully responsive experience across both computers and mobile devices.

Retroactive filing

If you are required to retroactively file returns, we will request transaction data for this when we contact you about your first filing, and it can be provided along with your first monthly data file (via the AvaTempate, AVTR, or both).

Late or missing transaction data

In certain regions, Avalara may file a nil VAT return when a customer fails to provide transaction data by the filing deadline. This is done to assist customers with remaining tax compliant. Further information on when Avalara will submit a nil VAT return can be found in the Nil VAT returns help section.

See also

Data and template types

Uploading data files to Avalara VAT Returns

Nil VAT returns

FAQs and support



Avalara AvaTax is a tax compliance solution that automates the complexities of calculating sales tax, VAT, and GST. Please ask your Customer Account Manager about Avalara AvaTax and how it can help with your VAT calculations.




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