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Verify vendor-charged tax and assess consumer use tax in NetSuite

This article applies to:Connector for NetSuite

AvaTax calculates consumer use tax on purchase invoices or purchase transactions. Some business applications require you to enable consumer use tax calculation in their configuration, but you don't have to do so in AvaTax. To add or import consumer use tax to transactions in AvaTax, see add or import consumer use tax.

Before you begin

When you enable consumer use tax calculation (by selecting appropriate values for all fields not marked Optional in our configuration guide), AvaTax calculates consumer use tax for transactions and the difference between the amount calculated by AvaTax calculated & the vendor-paid tax displays. On approval, the consumer use tax calculated by AvaTax is posted to NetSuite in the accrual field.


  1. In NetSuite, go to Transactions > Payables > Enter Bills, and enter the details of a bill.

  2. Add the item you selected in Item for Tax Paid to Vendor. The type of item can be inventory or non inventory. The item amount is treated as the vendor-paid sales tax and used to compare to the tax calculated by AvaTax.
  3. Select Verify Tax. The use tax details for the bill calculate and display. 
    • If the amount of tax the vendor charged matches what AvaTax calculated, the accrual amount is 0.
    • If the amount of tax the vendor charged is greater than what AvaTax calculated, the vendor may have overcharged you tax.
  4. If you select OK, the accrual amount is posted in the GL accounts selected in your configuration. 
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