Sales and use tax software provider Avalara has formed a strategic alliance with the Kansas Society of CPAs.

Under the deal, the Bainbridge Island, Wash.-based company will be providing KSCPA members with access to a sales and use and value-added tax portal with educational tools and resources to help Kansas CPAs address client issues and questions.

Avalara will provide KSCPA members with white papers on topics such as the taxability of digital goods along with information on new concepts such as “omni-channel commerce,” in addition to up-to-date information on Internet sales tax legislation.

The new alliance is designed to increase KSCPA members’ awareness of sales and use tax that accounting providers require to meet the needs of their clients and employers. In addition, KSCPA members will be able to take advantage of partnering programs that Avalara will make available to help them differentiate their services.

“Alliances with key vendors like Avalara are critical to our members in public practice, as well as business and industry, who need more information in technical areas such as sales and use tax reporting and compliance,” said KSCPA executive director Mary MacBain in a statement. “We also embrace Avalara’s cloud-based software-as-a-service model, as we continuously try to support technologies that will help our members become even more efficient and productive.”  

Monday’s announcement is part of Avalara’s goal of providing industry-leading sales tax knowledge resources to CPAs across the country.

“Our aim is to be the clear leader in educating and updating accounting professionals on all aspects of sales and use tax compliance and management, including timely legislative updates,” said Avalara executive vice president of global business development Marshal Kushniruk. “Our alliance with the KSPCA is an important step in our strategy of connecting with the most active and vibrant state CPA societies. KSCPA members will now have access, at no additional cost, to up-to-date sales and use tax and valued added tax tools, and educational resources to better assist their clients or employers in this rapidly changing regulatory environment.”

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