Avalara brings low-code developer tools and new APIs

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Avalara embed compliance into business applications and e-commerce platforms with its low-code developer tools and new APIs

Mumbai: The tax compliance automation software company Avalara announced a new low-code studio. It helps developers easily build integrations between Avalara’s compliance platform and business applications.

It also introduced two new APIs for sales tax returns and e-invoicing. Now, Avalara partners can easily embed compliance functions using APIs and serve their customers more holistically within the software they already use.

The company is expanding opportunities for partners to build compliance integrations and experiences. To offer flexibility and control to developers, it is pursuing a headless compliance approach that decouples the front-end presentation layer of a compliance experience from the back-end compliance functionality.

With new and future APIs for compliance, software developers can more quickly and easily build complete compliance workflows into business applications.

Avalara’s low-code developer tools, APIs for developers

The Avalara Compliance Cloud application helps businesses simplify and automate tax compliance requirements and over 1,200 signed partner integrations have been done into every type of business system, from ERPs and point-of-sale systems to e-commerce and marketplace platforms.

Developers make the seamless integration of compliance into these applications by building and maintaining integrations for the flow of data between systems that manage transactions and finance, and Avalara’s platform.

To improve the process of creating and maintaining integrations for partners, Avalara Integration Studio — is a low-code platform for integration development. It’s a simple customised workflow that developers use to build specific functions. Integration Studio simplifies the complexity of understanding tax context and Avalara APIs, allows non-technical teams to more easily assist in the development of integrations.

“Developers are critical partners to Avalara. We want to make it as easy as possible for developers to build integrations, compliance experiences, and new compliance applications using the innovation and expertise from Avalara,” said Sanjay Parthasarathy, CPO – Avalara.

“The capabilities announced today are the next step in our journey of learning from, working with, and supporting the developer community,” added Parthasarathy.

New APIs include the e-Invoicing and Returns APIs.

  1. e-Invoicing API will allow partners to offer their customers the ability to trigger and manage e-invoicing workflows from within their application.
  2. Returns API will allow partners to embed tax return workflows for their customers natively within their application.

With the new offerings, the company extends its API portfolio beyond tax calculation and compliance document management. This preview release of returns and e-invoicing APIs is a key step for the company to solicit input and feedback from the developer and partner community prior to commercial release.

Early partnership and collaboration with these communities will inform the prioritization and development of future compliance API development.

e-Invoicing API will enable partners to automate their customers’ e-invoicing obligations within the partners’ platforms. Partners can provide their customers with an e-invoicing offering that meets leading market standards, like PEPPOL BIS 3.0, as well as country-specific standards such as Portuguese eSPap, German ZUGFeRD, and Saudi Arabia’s Fatoorah.

Returns API will enable partners to present sales tax return flows for their customers natively in their business applications, making it convenient and simple for customers to engage throughout the returns filing process. This includes activities such as reviewing tax liabilities, viewing and approving pr-populated tax return forms, and submitting forms for filing via Avalara.

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