Tax Associate

Professional Services Seattle, Washington Durham, North Carolina

Looking for that career path that will expand your knowledge and opportunities?
Avalara is seeking to fill the role of Tax Associate (YOU!) The right individual for the job is one with an analytical mindset, excellent communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Your ability to convey information – both internally to team members, communicating project milestones; as well as to state auditors negotiating on behalf of our clients-- is a skill you will apply in this role. The members of the Voluntary Compliance team are versatile and fun! Does this describe you?

Sales Tax is not boring. It is a challenging field to be in because each state is unique. The focus of this team is getting Avalara customers compliant with state taxing authorities in their sales tax obligations, while exceeding expectations. This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to join an exceptional group of professionals.

Primary job duties involve participation in the daily operations of this practice, including supporting the following tasks:

  • Act as the primary liaison between the state taxing authorities and customers participating in state voluntary compliance programs.
  • Analyze correspondence from state taxing authorities and update internal tools ensuring state assigned deadlines are met.
  • Answer questions from state taxing authorities on voluntary compliance requests based on the information provided by the customer.
  • Negotiate penalty reduction, limited look-back periods, and acceptance into state voluntary compliance programs.
  • Quickly identify and communicate state mandated program changes to the team and ensure internal documentation reflects the changes in a clear and concise manner.
  • Submit voluntary compliance forms to the state taxing authorities.
  • Proactively identify and communicate process improvements and changes to continuously improve department metrics.
  • Assign related tasks to designated team members.
  • Perform regular reviews of voluntary compliance forms to ensure most current forms are being utilized by the team.
  • Complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.


  • A Bachelor's Degree and two or more years of professional experience.
  • 1 - 3 years of sales tax consulting experience is preferred.
  • Regional or national public accounting experience within a state or local tax practice preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with the sales and use tax voluntary compliance process in 46 states is highly preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Professional demeanor, team player and positive attitude, able to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated high standards of excellence in work product and professionalism.
  • Strong attention to detail with precision.

About Avalara


Avalara helps businesses of all sizes achieve compliance with transaction taxes, including sales and use, VAT, excise, communications, and other tax types. The company delivers comprehensive, automated, cloud-based solutions designed to be fast, accurate, and easy to use. The Avalara 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 600 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 manages millions of tax exemption certificates and other compliance documents.


Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and overseas in the U.K., Belgium, Brazil, and India. More information at


The perks of working at Avalara go beyond amazing physical spaces and a Tiki Bar. We're committed to continued progress in diversity and inclusion. As an employee at Avalara, you'll have the opportunity to join resource groups focused on diversity of thought, engage with your local or global community about topics that matter to you and the organization and receive continued education around inclusion and development. As Avalara grows, so do the voices within it. It's time to hear your voice.

Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.