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Tell us where you collect and pay tax

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Tell us where you're registered to collect and pay tax. This let us know what tax to calculate for your company, as well as where you need to file returns.

Before you begin

Gather the following information:

  • Addresses for your business locations
    The addresses for any physical locations that your company uses other than your primary location.
  • A list of where you're registered to collect and pay tax
    The countries, states, territories, and local jurisdictions where your company is registered to collect and pay tax.

Steps

  1. On the Company Information page, during the Avalara guided onboarding experience, confirm the primary location where you're registered to collect and pay tax.
    After you validate your company's primary address, we add that address to the list of places or local jurisdictions where you're registered to collect and pay tax.
    1. Double-check that the jurisdictions are correct for your business under Is This Everywhere You Need to Collect Sales and Use Tax. 
    2. If your company isn't registered anywhere else in the U.S., select Done with Sales and Use Tax (or Next for companies based outside the U.S.).
    3. To add places where you're registered to collect and pay tax, select Add U.S. States and Territories (or Add Sales and Use Tax in the U.S. for companies based outside the U.S.).
    Tip icon Some regions have different rates for sales tax and sellers use tax. If you add a region that has both sales tax and sellers use tax, you'll be asked to select if your business collects sales tax only, or both sales tax and sellers use tax.
  2. Add additional places based on a business address or by selecting them from a list.
    Most people find it easier to select places from a list. Adding a place based on an address is an option when you want to add a physical location and you don't sell online. 
    • Based on an address:
      1. Enter a business address and select Validate.
      2. Check the validated address against the one you entered and select Find Authorities.
      3. Choose the jurisdictions your company is registered in, if you have the option.
      4. If the address is an office, warehouse, or sales location, select Create a Company Location From This Address.
    • From a list: Select the U.S. states or territories where your company is registered to collect and pay tax.
  3. Select Add Selected Regions.
    Tip icon Some regions have additional requirements because of their local tax laws. If you select or add an address for one of those regions, you'll be asked to give us more details about where your company is registered before moving on to the next step.
  4. Add countries outside the U.S. where your company is registered to collect and pay tax.
    1. Make sure that This Is a Permanent Establishment and You're the Importer of Record are correctly selected for your company.
    2. Select the countries where your company is registered to collect and pay tax.
    3. Select Add Selected Countries.
    4. Select OK, Got It from the pop-up window.
      Tip icon Some countries, such as Canada, India, and Brazil, have additional requirements because of their local tax laws. If you choose one of these countries, you'll be asked to give us more details about where your company is registered before moving on to the next step.

Now we know the sales, use, VAT and GST taxes to calculate for your company, as well as where you should file returns. Next, verify and refine your jurisdiction information and activate your company.

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