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Why is my transaction using latitude and longitude coordinates in a US territory or Canada not working?

Overview

You attempted to calculate tax in a US territory or Canada with latitude and longitude coordinates, but the service returns an error "An Address is incomplete or invalid." and you want to know how to proceed.

Environment

Avalara AvaTax

Resolution

  • Using Latitude and Longitude coordinates to calculate tax is only possible within US states, for US territories or Canadian provinces an alternate method of calculation (such as Zip Code/Postal Code and Territory/Provincial code e.g. GU for Guam/BC for British Columbia) must be used.
  • A list of US territories includes:
    • AS - AMERICAN SAMOA  
    • FM - FEDERATED-MICRONESIA
    • GU - GUAM 
    • MH - MARSHALL ISLANDS
    • MP - MARIANA ISLANDS
    • PW - PALAU
    • PR - PUERTO RICO
    • UM - US MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
    • VI - VIRGIN ISLANDS