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October 26, 2020 - Release 2011.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new features.

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for details about rate changes and other tax changes included in this release.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2012 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – November 24, 2020

October 6, 2020 - 2010 UPR

The following UPR is now available and provides updates for the 2010 release of AvaTax for Communications. The UPR software downloads are available on the Communications Customer Portal Downloads Page.

The UPR is updated to all SaaS platforms. Please see the AFC Tax Changes guide for the full details of the changes.

 Apply the UPR to:

September 24, 2020 - Release 2010.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new features.

This release includes the following tax changes:

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for details about rate changes and other tax changes included in this release.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2011 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – October 26, 2020

August 25, 2020 - Release 2009.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new features.

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for details about rate changes and other tax changes included in this release.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2010 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – September 24, 2020

July 27, 2020 - Release 2008.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new features.

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for details about rate changes and other tax changes included in this release.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2009 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – August 25, 2020

July 9, 2020 - Release 2007.2

Due to some late content changes at the end of the month, we have a second content release for the month of July. The July 2020 monthly update (version AFC 2007.2) is now available. 

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains a number of rate changes. See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for additional details on rate changes and other tax changes included in this release.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2008 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – July 27, 2020

June 24, 2020 - Release 2007.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains the following updates:

Fixed:

  • PCode 0 has been restored as a valid PCode for the United States of America.

This release includes the following tax changes:

The following tax changes have not yet been finalized by the taxing authorities, and will be included in an upcoming Avalara AvaTax for Communications License update:

  • Federal Telecom Relay Surcharge IP CTS: Based on notice provided in FCC 19-118 for adopted amendments to 47 CFR § 64.604(c)(5)(iii)(A), implemented Telecom Relay Surcharge IP CTS (Tax Types 585, 586, 587, and 588) with rates set to 0.0%.  Watch for an upcoming AFC update when final rates are released by the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Texas Municipal Right of Way Fees: As of the time of the 2007 AFC Release, The Public Utility Commission of Texas had not yet set the order implementing 2020 Municipal Right of Way Fees.  Watch for an upcoming AFC update when approved rates become available from the Texas PUC.

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for additional details on rate changes and other tax changes included in this release.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2008 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – July 27, 2020

June 2, 2020 - 2006 UPR

The following UPR is now available and provides updates for the 2006 release of AvaTax for Communications. The UPR software downloads are available on the Communications Customer Portal Downloads Page.

The UPR is updated to all SaaS platforms. Please see the AFC Tax Changes guide for the full details of the changes.

 Apply the UPR to:

May 21, 2020 - Release 2006.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.

This release includes the following tax changes:

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for additional details on rate changes and other tax changes included in this release.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2007 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – June 24, 2020

April 23, 2020 - Release 2005.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for details on rate changes and other tax changes included in this release.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2006 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – May 21, 2020

March 25, 2020 - Release 2004.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for details on rate changes and other tax changes included in this release.

See the News Flash dated March 25, 2020 for information regarding an upcoming change to the Federal Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) registration and reporting requirements.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2005 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – April 23, 2020

February 24, 2020 - Release 2003.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.

This release includes the following tax changes:

  • 5 new Tax Types
  • 4 updated T/S Pair descriptions:
    • The T/S Pairs related to toll-free numbers have been updated to indicate that one transaction should be sent per phone number to return the toll-free number registration fee correctly.

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for additional details on these changes.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2004 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – March 25, 2020

January 27, 2020 - Release 2002.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.

This release includes the following tax changes:

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for additional details on these changes.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2003 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – February 24, 2020

January 8, 2020 - 2001 UPR

The following UPR is now available and provides updates for the 2001 release of AvaTax for Communications. The UPR software downloads are available on the Communications Customer Portal Downloads Page.

The UPR is updated to all SaaS platforms. Please see the AFC Tax Changes guide for the full details of the changes.

Apply the UPR to:

December 20, 2019 - Release 2001.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.

This release includes the following tax changes:

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for additional details on these changes.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2002 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – January 27, 2020

November 26, 2019 - Release 1912.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.

This release includes the following tax changes:

See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes guide for additional details on these changes.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 2001 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – December 20, 2019

October 24, 2019 - Release 1911.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1912 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – November 26, 2019

October 3, 2019 - 1910 UPR 

The following UPR is now available and provides updates for the 1910 release of AvaTax for Communications. The UPR software downloads are available on the Communications Customer Portal Downloads Page.

The UPR is updated to all SaaS platforms and contains the following changes:

Kentucky

  • KY E911 (Lifeline) (Tax Type 475) decreased to $0.00 per line - effective 9/24/2019.
  • KY, Pike County E-911 (Tax Type 10) increased to $2.40 per line - effective 9/17/2019.

Apply the UPR to:

September 25, 2019 - Release 1910.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains the following software enhancement:

  • The bundle package limit has been increased to 200 bundle packages that can be applied.

On January 31, 2020, Avalara will employ industry security standards and will require a Secure FTP (SFTP) connection in the AvaTax for Communications platform. The non-secure FTP Port 21 will be disabled and will no longer be used for transmitting data. This will impact any customers using ftp.billsoft.com with the legacy insecure FTP protocol. Any customers who continue to use legacy FTP after January 31, 2020 will be unable to connect. Customers already using SFTP should be unaffected by this change.  For more information, see Avalara Applies Industry FTP Security Standards: Migrating ftp.billsoft.com to only support Secure FTP (SFTP).

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1911 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – October 24, 2019

August 27, 2019 - Release 1909.1

  • This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.
  • Four new Tax Types are now available. See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes page for details.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1910 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – September 25, 2019

July 25, 2019 - Release 1908.1

  • This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.
  • Two new Tax Types, 4 Transaction/Service Pairs, and 11 countries are now available. See the TM_00503_AFC_Tax_Changes page for details.
  • Win32  users can use the software downloads available from regular download channels because backward compatibility with Windows 2003 Server has been restored.

The next monthly enhancement or update for AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1909 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – August 27, 2019

July 2, 2019 - 1907 UPR

The following UPR is now available and provides updates for the 1907 release of AvaTax for Communications. The UPR software downloads are available on the Communications Customer Portal Downloads Page.

The UPR is updated to all SaaS platforms and contains the following changes:

Federal

TRS (Tax Types 23, 232, 234, and 235) decreased to 2.779% - effective 7/1/2019

Kentucky

P.U.C. Fee (Tax Type 9) decreased to 0.1956% - effective 7/1/2019

Maryland, Baltimore County

Based on Council Bill number 21-19, updated logic on Utility Users Tax (Tax Type 16) to remove application to Lifeline and add application to VoIPA transactions (T/S pairs 20/6, 20/37, 20/53, 20/596, and 20/635).  Added Utility Users Tax - Wireless (Tax Type 54) at 8.0% (T/S pairs 13/6, 13/10, 13/591, 19/48, and 20/48) - effective 7/12/2019 

Oregon, Portland

Based on a review of the Portland Municipal Code, updated Utility Tax NF (Tax Type 476) to add Data and Private Line (T/S pairs 1/27, 2/27, 2/630, and 2/631).

Apply the UPR to:

June 10, 2019 - 1906 UPR

The following UPR is now available and provides updates for the 1906 release of AvaTax for Communications. The UPR software downloads are available on the Communications Customer Portal.

The UPR is updated to all SaaS platforms and contains the following changes:

Missouri

The following T/S pairs are removed from the local level License Tax (TT8) in Jefferson City, MO (6/6, 6/10, 6/44, 6/13, 13/6, 13/10, 13/11, 13/14, 13/30, 13/33, 13/49, 13/50, 13/51, 13/99, 13/100, 13/101, 13/102, 13/577, 13/591, 13/610, 13/622, 19/48, 20/48, and 60/10)

Jefferson City uniquely reports wireless revenues with a separate tax type than other cities in the state (Tax Type 54 Utility Users Tax - Wireless).  The update to add application to prepaid service for the local level License Tax in MO for the 1906 release inadvertently included wireless T/S pairs in Tax Type 8 local License Tax.  This update removes those pairs.

Jurisdictions effected include: Jefferson City (Callaway County), Jefferson City (Cole County), and Jeff Cty Capital Mall CID (Cole County)

Apply the UPR to:

June 24, 2019 - Release 1907.1

  • This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.
  • Note that Updated Release (UPR) files might be necessary after the 1907.1 release to accommodate mid-year late-breaking tax changes.  The News Flash will be updated with details.
  • This tax type is now available available for both Telecom and Sales and Use software:
Tax Type ID Name Description
557 Amusement Tax Tax based upon the provision of entertainment.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1908 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – July 25, 2019

June 10, 2019 - 1906 UPR

The following UPR is now available and provides updates for the 1906 release of AvaTax for Communications. The UPR software downloads are available on the Communications Customer Portal.

The UPR is updated to all SaaS platforms and contains the following changes:

Missouri

The following T/S pairs are removed from the local level License Tax (TT8) in Jefferson City, MO (6/6, 6/10, 6/44, 6/13, 13/6, 13/10, 13/11, 13/14, 13/30, 13/33, 13/49, 13/50, 13/51, 13/99, 13/100, 13/101, 13/102, 13/577, 13/591, 13/610, 13/622, 19/48, 20/48, and 60/10)

Jefferson City uniquely reports wireless revenues with a separate tax type than other cities in the state (Tax Type 54 Utility Users Tax - Wireless).  The update to add application to prepaid service for the local level License Tax in MO for the 1906 release inadvertently included wireless T/S pairs in Tax Type 8 local License Tax.  This update removes those pairs.

Jurisdictions effected include: Jefferson City (Callaway County), Jefferson City (Cole County), and Jeff Cty Capital Mall CID (Cole County)

Apply the UPR to:

May 23, 2019 - Release 1906.1

AvaTax for Communications product documentation is now online.  See the News Flash for more information.

  • This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.
  • These tax types are now available (for Telecom only):
Tax Type ID Name Description
552 Municipal Right of Way (Internet) Similar to tax type 51 (Municipal Right of Way) but applies to internet related services.
553 Municipal Right of Way (Dark Fiber) Similar to tax type 51 (Municipal Right of Way) but applies to the lease of dark fiber.
554 WI Telecom Utility Trade Practices Assessment Assessment on telecommunications utilities for the administration of telecommunication services.
555 Long Distance Surtax Surtax on telecommunications services, but only applied to long distance services
556 Turnover Tax An indirect tax on goods and service.
  • These new countries and provinces are now available for both Telecom and Sales and Use software:
Country Name Country ISO PCode
Afghanistan AFG 5680000
Armenia ARM 5640000
Aruba ABW 5690000
Belarus BLR 5630000
French Guiana GUF 5670000
Gibraltar GIB 5650000
Macedonia MKD 5620000
Monaco MCO 5600000
Montenegro MNE 5610000
Turks and Caicos TCA 5660000

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1907 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – June 24, 2019

April 24, 2019 - Release 1905.1

AvaTax for Communications product documentation is now online.  See the News Flash for more information.

  • This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.
  • The Win32 retro release is no longer being distributed.  Use the general release Win32 package.
  • These transaction/service pairs are now available for both Telecom and Sales and Use software:
    Transaction Type Service Type Name Description
    24 663 Software/Software Set Up-Optional-Remotely Accessed Charges for the initial set up of remotely accessed software for use by the purchaser. The user is not required to purchase set up service as a condition of the software purchase.
    24 666 Software/Computer Consulting-Optional-Remotely Accessed Charges for support of remotely accessed software. The user is not required to purchase consulting services as a condition of the software purchase.
    24 667 Software/Computer Training-Optional-Remotely Accessed Charges for training related to remotely accessed software. The user is not required to purchase training services as a condition of the software purchase.
    24 668 Software/Software Set Up-Mandatory-Remotely Accessed Charges for the initial set up of remotely accessed software for use by the purchaser. The user is required to purchase set up service as a condition of the software purchase.
    24 669 Software/Computer Consulting-Mandatory-Remotely Accessed Charges for support of remotely accessed software. The user is required to purchase consulting services as a condition of the software purchase.
    24 670 Software/Computer Training-Mandatory-Remotely Accessed Charges for training related to remotely accessed software. The user is required to purchase training services as a condition of the software purchase.
    24 671 Software/Modification Charges-Remotely Accessed Software Charges to modify remotely accessed software for a specific user.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1906 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – May 24, 2019

March 26, 2019 - Release 1904.1

  • This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.
  • The Win32 retro release is no longer being distributed.  Use the general release Win32 package.
  • This tax type is now available for both Telecom and Sales and Use software:
Tax Type ID Name Description
549 Sales Tax-Commercial Lease (Additional) Similar to Tax Type 317 (Sales Tax-Commercial Lease) but is imposed in addition to Tax Type 317.
  • These tax types are also now available (for Telecom only):
Tax Type ID Name Description
550 Telecommunications Levy Telecommunications tax to be used for international jurisdictions
551 Telecommunications Levy (Internet) Telecommunications tax on internet access to be used for international jurisdictions
  • This tax type has been updated.
Tax Type ID Name Description Change
68 Provincial Sales Tax (PST) Sales tax applied at the provincial level. Updated description
  • These new countries and provinces are now available for both Telecom and Sales and Use software:
Country Name Country ISO Province Province Code PCode
Bangladesh BGD     5560000
Kazakhstan KAZ     5550000
Jordan JOR     5570000
Sri Lanka LKA     5580000
Pakistan PAK     5590000
Pakistan   Punjab PB 5590001
Pakistan   Sindh SD 5590002
Pakistan   Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa KP 5590003
Pakistan   Balochistan BA 5590004
Pakistan   Gilgit Balistan GB 5590005
Pakistan   Azad Jammu & Kashmir JK 5590006

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1905 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – April 24, 2019

February 22, 2019 - Release 1903.1  

  • This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.
  • There are no new tax types or Transaction/Service Pairs for this release.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1904 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – March 26, 2019

January 25, 2019 - Release 1902.1  

  • This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.
  • There are no new tax types or Transaction/Service Pairs for this release.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1903 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – February 22, 2019

December 21, 2018 - Release 1901.1  

  • This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new software enhancements.
  • Note that Updated Release (UPR) files might be necessary after the 1901.1 release to accommodate late-breaking tax changes. See the News Flash for details.
  • These tax types are now available for both Telecom and Sales and Use software:
Tax Type ID Name Description
536 Communications Service Tax NFR Similar to Tax Type 64 (Communications Service Tax) but excludes the FCC Reg Fee from its taxable measure.
538 Statutory Gross Receipts NFR Similar to Tax Type 14 (Statutory Gross Receipts) but excludes the FCC Reg Fee from its taxable measure.
539 Statutory Gross Receipts NFR (Video) Similar to Tax Type 172 (Statutory Gross Receipts (Video)) but excludes the FCC Reg Fee from its taxable measure.
  • These tax types are also now available (for Telecom only):
Tax Type ID Name Description
537 Communications Service Tax NFR (Satellite) Similar to Tax Type 85 (Communications Service Tax (Satellite)) but excludes the FCC Reg Fee from its taxable measure.
540 Statutory Gross Receipts NFR (Wireless) Similar to Tax Type 75 (Statutory Gross Receipts (Wireless)) but excludes the FCC Reg Fee from its taxable measure.
541 Statutory Gross Receipts NFR (Video) Similar to Tax Type 172 (Statutory Gross Receipts (Video)) but excludes the FCC Reg Fee from its taxable measure.
542 Sales Tax (Prepaid Wireless) Similar to Tax Type 1 (Sales Tax) but only applied to the sale of prepaid wireless services.
543 CA High Cost Fund A (Prepaid Wireless) Similar to Tax Type 60 (CA High Cost Fund A) but used only for prepaid wireless service
544 CA Teleconnect Fund (Prepaid Wireless) Similar to Tax Type 21 (CA Teleconnect Fund) but used only for  prepaid wireless service.
545 CASF (Prepaid Wireless) Similar to Tax Type 223 (CASF) but used only for prepaid wireless service.
546 PUC Fee (Prepaid Wireless) Similar to Tax Type 9 (P.U.C. Fee) but used only for prepaid wireless service.
547 Universal Lifeline Telephone Svc (Prepaid Wireless) Similar to Tax Type 22 (Universal Lifeline Telephone Service Charge) but used only for prepaid wireless service.
548 CA TRS (Prepaid Wireless) Similar to Tax Type 466 (CA TRS) but used only for prepaid wireless service.
  • This transaction/service pair has been updated (for Telecom only).
Transaction Type Service Type Name Description Change
3 34 Other/Conference Bridge Charges for connecting conference participants utilizing a conferencing bridge including dial in or dial out service.  This transaction should be used when transactions are interstate or cannot be separated from intrastate services. Updated description

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1902 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – January 25, 2019

November 21, 2018 - Release 1812.1  

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License contains no new enhancements.

The next monthly enhancement or update for Avalara AvaTax for Communications License is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1901 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – December 21, 2018

October 25, 2018 - Release 1811.1

This release of Avalara AvaTax for Communications License  contains the following enhancements:

  • These countries and country codes are now available (for Telecom only).
Country Name Country Code ISO Code PCODE
Andorra  114 AND 5510000
Cayman Islands 115 CYM 5520000
Paraguay     116 PRY 5530000
Curacao  117 CUW 5540000

 

  • This state is now available (for Telecom only):
Country Name State Code Country PCODE State Abbreviation
Hong Kong 165 China 5101401 HK

 

  • The following tax type is now available for both Telecom and Sales and Use software.
Tax Type ID Name Description
535 License Tax NF Similar to Tax Type 8, but does not include Federal USF or Federal FCC Regulatory Fees in the assessment base.

 

The next monthly enhancement or update for AvaTax for Communications SaaS products is scheduled as follows: 

  • 1812 Avalara AvaTax for Communications License – November 21, 2018

 

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