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Address types in AvaTax

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AvaTax uses address information to calculate taxes wherever you sell products. While sales and use tax calculations in the United States typically rely on Ship From and Ship To addresses, additional address information is required for more complex scenarios like calculating Value-Added Taxes (VAT), Goods and Services Taxes (GST), or Customs Duties.

Address types

By default, AvaTax uses the address information from the transaction's document details when calculating taxes. Line level addresses may represent individual shipments with their own address information. 

AvaTax supports multiple address types, including:

  • Ship From, Ship To
    An item's origin and destination address. These fields are required for all AvaTax transactions.
  • Point of Order Acceptance (POA) and Point of Order Origin (POO)
    The origin and destination of an order, typically where the order was accepted (for example, an office that accepts purchase orders) and the location from which the order was placed (for example, a customer's home).
  • Location of Goods or Services Rendered
    Where goods are if they're already at their destination and no transportation is needed. This is a destination address used for VAT calculations.
  • Import
    Where goods are imported to when arriving in a country that's different from the Ship To country. This is a destination address used for VAT or cross-border calculations.
  • Bill To
    Where invoices and other billing-related information are sent to the buyer. This is a destination address and it's currently only supported for India GST calculations.
  • Latitude and Longitude
    This format is not supported for any locations outside of the US. If latitude and longitude information is provided for an address along with the address line, city, region, country, and postal code, AvaTax will only use the latitude and longitude instead of the document details.

 

AddressType

Origin or Destination

Tax Type usage

Document Type(s)

Supported Product Type

Country usage   

ShipFrom

Origin

All

All

  • Physical goods
  • Digital goods
  • General Services

All

ShipTo

Destination

All

All

  • Physical goods
  • Digital goods
  • General Services

All

PointOfOrderOrigin (POO)

Destination

Sales & Use

Sales

Physical goods

US

PointOfOrderAcceptance (POA)

Origin

Sales & Use

Purchases

Physical goods

US

GoodsPlaceOrServiceRendered

Origin

VAT

Any document type that includes no transport and goods are at their final destination.

Physical goods

EU countries, UK and XI  (Northern Ireland)

Import

Destination

VAT

Any document type involving VAT calculations for goods sent between countries.

Physical goods

EU countries, UK and XI  (Northern Ireland)

BillTo

Destination

India GST

Any document type involving GST calculations in India.
  • Physical goods
  • Digital goods
  • General Services

IN

 

Address formatting requirements

Field Requirements Description
Line 1

Alphanumeric

Max Length: 100

Min Length: 0

First line of the street address.

Example: "2000 Main Street"
Line 2

Alphanumeric

Max Length: 100

Min Length: 0

Second line of the street address.

Example: "Apartment 123"
Line 3

Alphanumeric

Max Length: 100

Min Length: 0

Third line of the street address.
City

Alphanumeric

Max Length: 50

Min Length: 0

City for the address.

Example: "Irvine"
Region Alphanumeric Name or ISO 3166 code identifying the region within the country. This field supports many different region identifiers:
  • Two and three character ISO 3166 region codes
  • Fully spelled out names of the region in ISO supported languages
  • Common alternative spellings for many regions
Example: "CA"
Country Alphanumeric Name or ISO 3166 code identifying the country. This field supports many different country identifiers:
  • Two character ISO 3166 codes
  • Three character ISO 3166 codes
  • Fully spelled out names of the country in ISO supported languages
  • Common alternative spellings for many countries
Example: "US"
Postal Code

Alphanumeric

Max Length: 11

Min Length: 0

Postal Code / Zip Code component of the address.

Example: "92614"
Latitude Floating point number Geospatial latitude measurement, in Decimal Degrees, floating-point format.

Example: 33.684884
Longitude Floating point number Geospatial longitude measurement, in Decimal Degrees, floating-point format.

Example: 117.851321
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