Avalara has formed a strategic alliance with the BKR International global alliance of 150 accounting and consulting firms which will focus on sharing critical sales and use tax (SUT) and value added tax (VAT) information.
In addition, BKR member firms, which currently span over 70 countries, will be able to take advantage of specific partnering programs that Avalara makes available to accounting firms to help them expand their services.
Avalara claims to currently support 79 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim, calculating VAT, sales and use taxes on over a billion transactions annually.
“Our new relationship with BKR International is important to Avalara in several ways. Not only will we create new opportunities to serve clients in North America, but forming relationships with BKR’s international firms will help drive our global expansion strategies as well,” said executive vice president for global business development, Marshal Kushniruk. “In addition, all BKR member firms will get access to up-to-date SUT and VAT tools and educational resources to better assist their clients and enhance their trusted advisor status.”
Late last year Kushniruk, who had served as executive vice president of business development, went to the U.K. to set up the London office and expects that it will be fully operational by the first half of this year. Kushniruk is slated to head the office, which for the foreseeable future will serve customers in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa(EMEA) region. The company will then look to establish country-specific offices on a per-demand basis.
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