INTERN - Tax Research Analyst

Tax Durham, North Carolina

Are you excited about tax research? Do you love technology? Do you want to join a dynamic and supportive team in a collaborative work environment that will enhance professional skill development?  This is your opportunity to join a highly productive team at a fast-growing Software as a Service (SaaS) company doing what you are passionate about. Avalara is dedicated to monitoring transaction taxes at the state, county, and municipal levels and developing software that keeps pace with the dynamics in the market. Join our Tax Content Research Team and help us build a work class repository of global tax citations. We offer free beverages (beer, pop, juice, espresso), a fun and flexible work environment with mechanized desks, an indoor table tennis table, a gymnasium, yoga, a tiki bar, and a meditation room.

Job Duties:

  • Research and analyze state, local, and municipal sales and use tax law
  • Annotate product and service taxability decisions 
  • Cite taxability decisions using Bluebook format


  • A natural curiosity about technology and an interest in innovation and learning about transaction taxes
  • A relevant bachelor degree (i..e Accounting, Finance, Economics)
  • Successful completion of the first year of law school 
  • Excellent research skills, including a logical and creative approach to drilling down to specific data to surface information that is vital to the accuracy of the published content
  • Demonstrated ability to cite legal authority using the Bluebook system of citation
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to multi-task, troubleshoot, and problem solve in a calm, analytical and methodical manner that also demonstrates a sense of urgency
  • Ability to maintain organization and attention to detail
  • Ability to use a laptop and various software, including MS Office, browsers, subscription research services, and Avalara products

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Atlassian Confluence and/or Jira
  • Participation in a law school Tax Clinic and/or actively pursuing a tax certificate 
  • Familiarity with tax returns and/or government tax compliance