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How do I resolve leading zeros in zip codes being removed from my transaction imports?

Overview

I am importing unsuccessfully, as the leading zero is being removed from zip codes, causing address errors.

Environment

Avalara AvaTax

Resolution

  • Excel automatically removes leading zeros from cells, unless the cell format is a particular type.
    • Certain states, mainly in the North East, use zip codes starting with a zero.
  • To resolve this, you can add change the cell format to postal code 
  • You can also enter an apostrophe ( ' ) in front of the zero.
    • For example 01234 would be written as '01234.
    • This causes Excel to save the leading zero, regardless of the cell format type.

Next steps

For more information, read manage transactions.