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Understand the importer of record setting

This article applies to:AvaTax

You're considered the importer of record if your business is responsible for making sure that your products are imported according to local customs. Use the importer of record setting to control who should collect customs duties and import taxes for a transaction.

You're automatically set as the importer of record for any country that you add in AvaTax, but this setting can be changed at any time.

Customs duty and shipping agreements

Check Importer of Record when you’re responsible for any customs and import taxes, such as when using a Delivered Duty Paid shipping service. When Importer of Record is checked, customs duties are included in your transaction totals in AvaTax. They'll also appear in your tax calculations at checkout.

Don't check Importer of Record if you're using a Delivered at Place shipping agreement where the buyer is expected to pay customs and import taxes on delivery. When Importer of Record isn't checked, AvaTax calculates customs duties but doesn't include them in transaction totals because the buyer is responsible for duties and import taxes.

Importer of Record priority when using a business application

When checked in AvaTax, a country's Importer of Record setting takes priority over the equivalent setting in your business application. 

Tip icon If you want the incoming transaction data from your business application to have priority over your country settings in AvaTax, ask a user with Admin permissions to change the Importer of Record Priority in Settings > Advanced Account Settings.
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