Avalara pays $377M to acquire ‘tax answer company’ Transaction Tax Resources

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From the Avalara press release:

SEATTLE, WA — October 5, 2020 — Avalara, Inc. (NYSE: AVLR), a leading provider of tax compliance automation for businesses of all sizes, today announced that it has acquired Transaction Tax Resources, Inc. (TTR) for approximately $377 million in cash. TTR, known as the tax answer company, primarily serves enterprise businesses and their internal tax teams, offering U.S. sales and use tax rates, laws, software, and customer support required for the biggest and most complex companies.

Avalara and TTR bring together leading tax technology with trusted tax content, extending Avalara’s current products, adding new capabilities, and reaching new segments. TTR’s team, with its culture, training, and experience serving enterprise businesses, will add enterprise capabilities across Avalara’s content, product, sales, and customer support. TTR brings Avalara more than 1,400 customers, including blue chip customers that represent more than 30% of the Fortune 500, the largest or second largest company in each of 40 industries, 9 of the top 10 healthcare companies, 8 of the top 10 telecommunications companies and 5 of the top 10 IT services firms. TTR will operate as a subsidiary of Avalara, continuing to serve its customers with trusted solutions while integrating key products into Avalara’s automation tools.

As companies of all sizes continue to introduce, accelerate, or mature their digital strategies, with the addition of TTR, Avalara will build an enterprise-ready tax automation suite. The combination of Avalara’s powerful technology platform with TTR’s enterprise expertise, service, and go-to-market capabilities will reach new customer segments but also flow richer information and value into content and data that reach all Avalara customers.

To best serve businesses of all sizes, Avalara and TTR have the opportunity to create industry-leading solutions in three key areas:

  1. Indirect Tax Content: With TTR, Avalara will now have the opportunity to build the most robust compliance content library available through a cloud-based, integrated automation platform. Since its founding TTR has focused almost exclusively on tax content and as a result has amassed an enviable database of content that complements, expands, and enriches Avalara’s existing database. It adds to some of Avalara’s most important vertical markets such as retail, telecommunications, food and grocery, and manufacturing, and contributes new categories including automobile, construction, and financial services.
  2. Content Subscriptions: TTR’s core business is a subscription service for tax professionals in mid- and large-sized businesses to determine and validate tax decisions and avoid costly mistakes. The content required for subscription services of this kind extends Avalara’s existing database to now include detailed research and documentation. For the first time, Avalara will have a subscription product for its customers to validate, manage, and action tax content to support their business.
  3. Certificate Management: Avalara and TTR manage two leading tax document management platforms, Avalara’s CertCapture and TTR’s Exemption Certificate Management System (ECMS). Avalara intends to combine the two offerings to create an industry-leading product family to support any business size.

“Avalara works every day to improve and expand our compliance content for businesses of all sizes,” said Scott McFarlane, co-founder and CEO of Avalara. “I have long admired the TTR team and I am excited to have them join Avalara. As our teams work to integrate and execute, we believe the exchange of expertise, information, and technologies between the two companies will improve our products, grow our business, and continue to pioneer tax technology services in our field. As more businesses move to rely on digital infrastructure, we believe our technologies will change how tax teams think about cloud-based tax automation to support their business decision-making and growth.”

“Avalara and TTR have a shared vision of alleviating the burden of tax compliance on businesses,” said Shon Holyfield, founder and CEO of Transaction Tax Resources, Inc. “I work alongside the brightest minds in tax every day — on our team and with our customers. With Avalara, we have a partner that is committed to expanding the reach of our expertise for the benefit of tax and finance teams across all business sizes and verticals.”

Aggregating and providing the most up-to-date, comprehensive tax content has been core to Avalara’s mission and growth strategy since its founding. Last year, Avalara acquired Indix AI technology to aggregate, maintain, and deliver global product and tax information. With the acquisition of TTR, Avalara furthers its pioneering vision of being part of every transaction in the world through superior content deployed through advanced technologies.