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Overcoming the 4 Challenges of Filing Sales Tax Returns


Cost Free
CPE Credits 1.0 hour
Subject Area 1.0 - Taxes (Sales Tax)
CE Credits 0.0 hours
Course Level Basic
Instructional Method Group Internet Based
Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Series: Sales Tax
Course Description

While precise sales tax rate calculation and collection are among the first steps to properly managing tax compliance, that’s hardly where it ends. You must also remit payments to the proper taxing jurisdiction—a task that can be just as complicated and time-consuming.

Between reconciling tax amounts across your systems, and juggling multiple deadlines and forms for each state, filing sales tax returns can be arduous. If you want to become more autonomous and efficient when filing your sales tax returns, check out our upcoming webinar on tackling the 4 common challenges businesses face with this task.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Outline the various ways to use tools you already have so you never miss a filing deadline

  • List helpful tips to reduce the time and resources spent managing sales tax returns

  • Determine why companies are choosing automation to offload the burden of manually filing returns

  • Identify when automation makes the most sense for businesses


Nichol MacDonald

Vice President of Compliance Services
(855) 259-3274


As Vice President of Compliance Services, Nichol MacDonald leads Avalara’s Managed Returns Services across sales & use, lodging, beverage alcohol, and telecommunications tax verticals. Most recently, she completed her executive certification in Blockchain for Business through Columbia University.

Nichol has been with Avalara for 5+ years and is based out of Raleigh/Durham, N.C.  Prior to joining Avalara, Nichol was a partner at Blackwell & Boyd Wealth Management after leading in a variety of finance and operations roles at Symantec.

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About Our Presenter

Avalara helps businesses of all sizes achieve compliance with transactional taxes, including sales and use, VAT, excise, communications, and other tax types. The company delivers comprehensive, automated, cloud-based solutions that are designed to be fast, accurate, and easy to use. We automate and simplify governmental compliance processes, including tax determination, exemption certificate management, and tax return preparation, filing, and remittance. Avalara’s Compliance Cloud™ platform helps customers manage complicated and burdensome tax compliance obligations imposed by state, local, and other taxing authorities throughout the world. Avalara offers more than 500 hundred pre-built connectors into leading accounting, ERP, ecommerce and other business applications making the integration of tax and compliance solutions easy for customers. Each year, the company processes billions of indirect tax transactions for customers and users, files more than a million tax returns and other compliance documents.