WooCommerce extension updates & releases

A new year is upon us, and with it we are very pleased to announce a brand new way to manage taxes for your WooCommerce store. Welcome, WooCommerce AvaTax!

We’re excited to have partnered with Avalara to bring a free integration plugin to bring AvaTax to WooCommerce. The WooCommerce AvaTax extension helps WooCommerce merchants completely automate their tax assessment and reporting.

WooCommerce Avalara

Over the past few months we’ve taken a hard look at the WooCommerce tax experience, as well as existing extensions, and used what we’ve learned to build a seamless tax calculation experience that we’re really proud of.

Feature Complete

  • Integrates flawlessly with WooCommerce 2.3 and newer
  • Fine-grained control of tax codes at a global, category, product, and product variation level
  • Solid address validation for super-accurate tax calculation at checkout
  • Tax exemption control for each customer account
  • Supports VAT calculations
  • Automatically submits transactions to Avalara on order payment
  • Tools to calculate tax and submit to transactions Avalara for manual orders

Getting Started

Once WooCommerce AvaTax is installed and activated, set up is incredibly simple. Add the basic connection details for your Avalara account, and you’ll be able to take advantage of all the tools the extension has to offer right away. Enable and fine-tune your store’s tax calculation with settings for origin shipping address, global product and shipping tax codes, and more.

WooCommerce AvaTax settings 1
WooCommerce Avatax Settings example

Address Validation

Optionally allow your customers to verify their billing and/or shipping addresses at checkout with one click. Once validated, any adjustments to the customer’s address will be made automatically so that tax is as accurate as possible. If something isn’t right, they’ll be notified right away so they know what to fix.

WooCommerce Avatax address validation

Default Tax Codes

Control the way taxes are calculated on orders with tax codes. You can set a global tax code for both products and shipping costs. Go even further by setting specialized tax codes for a product category, a product, or even a product variation. The tax code information is sent along to AvaTax with each order and can be referenced in your Avalara account.

WooCommerce Avatax category tax code

WooCommerce Avatax variation tax code

Tax Exemptions

Tell AvaTax how to handle taxes on a customer level too! Set a tax exemption type for a specific user account, and that customer’s future orders will reflect the exemption when calculating and sending tax information.

WooCommerce Avatax customer exemptions

Seamless Order Management

Orders that are paid at checkout will be automatically handled and sent to Avalara without any further action needed. But what about manual orders? Thankfully we’ve got that covered, too. You can quickly calculate tax totals for manual orders, and once they’re paid you can manually send the transaction information off to Avalara.

WooCommerce AvaTax send to Avalara

Interested?

You can learn more by viewing the WooCommerce AvaTax purchasing page or the plugin documentation.

Published by Chase Wiseman

Chase is a WordPress engineer at SkyVerge, most often found mastering payment gateways and other integrations with WooCommerce. He builds new plugins, maintains existing ones, and helps support WooCommerce merchants.

4 Comments

  1. #whoop! Great Job to Max, Beka, and the whole gang and crew! Tweeted, posted, and shared!
    Awesome! ….as always!!

    • 😀 thanks for the kind words Brad! Chase led development for this one, he did an excellent job! Definitely excited to have this plugin out to help merchants with tax calculations.

  2. Hi,

    This sounds terrific but is it only for US merchants? We are an Australian company selling Worldwide and would love some integrated solution.

    Dale.

    • Hey Dale, AvaTax is available for merchants in almost any country, so you’d be good to go! I did confirm with their team that Australian merchants can use their tax calculation service.

      The only restriction is on address validation, which works for US and Canadian customer addresses only.

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