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Complete your funding power of attorney

This article applies to:Avalara Returns

With Returns, Avalara  pays the tax you owe by withdrawing from your bank account. Before this can happen, you need to complete a funding power of attorney (POA). This form authorizes us to make payments on your behalf. A funding POA also lets us contact jurisdictions about returns filing, late or amended returns, and payment issues.  

Tip icon Be sure to send us your funding POA well in advance—at least a month—from the day you plan to go live with Returns. 


Before you begin

Decide who will authorize the funding power of attorney and can do these things:

  • Give your company's banking information to Avalara.
  • Make withdrawals from your company's bank account.  


  1. In AvaTax Update, go to Returns > Funding Power of Attorney.
  2. Authorize the funding power of attorney.  
    • If you're authorized to sign, click Yes, I'm Authorized to Sign and click I'll Do It Now.
    • If you're not authorized to sign, click No. Then, enter the email address of the person who is authorized to sign and click Submit.
  3. Follow the instructions on the Funding Power of Attorney authorization page to complete the POA form and sign it electronically.
  4. Click Power of Attorney Submitted when you're done.
  5. After your POA is approved, let your bank know Avalara is authorized to debit your account.
    You may need to give them our bank origination ID (1911995935).

On the Returns home page, you'll see a notice that POA has been submitted and is waiting to be approved. (You'll see a different notice if you haven't submitted a POA.) When your POA is approved, the notice goes away (typically the process takes around 30 days). 

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