TrustFile 2009 Debuts With New Features, Downloadable Version

Avalara (, a provider of sales tax compliance solutions for businesses of all sizes, has announced that, for the first time, its TrustFile application will be available for download. The program is also available via traditional CD ROM, which will ship starting January 20 to those businesses who selected this media. The downloadable version is available now. Included in TrustFile 2009 are updates to the most current state filing specifications and 2009 tax law changes, providing optimized data for streamlined e-filing and e-payment functions.

TrustFile is one of Avalara’s sales tax filing tools, allowing businesses to simplify returns preparation and remittance of sales and use taxes to 11 states. Introduced in 1997 and acquired by Avalara in 2007, TrustFile is a proven, successful tool that makes filing and remitting sales taxes easier, faster, and far more efficient than traditional filing methods.

“A key enhancement is the addition of a new online User Center that provides our customers with best practice information and resources in a secure environment to further increase their TrustFile productivity,” said Scott McFarlane, co-founder, president, and chief executive officer.

TrustFile is used by more than 7,000 individual business customers filing an average of over 17,000 returns monthly, and remitting more than $11 billion in sales tax annually. The system costs $159 per state per year, supporting filings for up to five tax IDs each. The 11 states that support filing via TrustFile are Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Georgia, and Wisconsin, including all counties, cities, and special taxing districts. The TrustFile application runs independent of other programs and can be used in-house by the business or by an accounting professional who serves multiple clients.

Avalara has also enhanced its support services, with TrustFile users guaranteed a 24-hour response time and extended hours, including weekends. And as of 2009, TrustFile product manuals can be accessed and downloaded in PDF format for FREE, either from the Help section of all new 2009 TrustFile applications or from the User Center. The company will offer live, online TrustFile training webinars on its website on February 12th and 24th.