Sage Software Announces Agreement with Avalara to Provide Sage Sales Tax Solutions for the Sage MAS Product Lines


Automated Sales Tax Compliance and Calculation Services now to be offered as private-label solutions directly through Sage Software business partners

Irvine, Calif. - May 11, 2007 - Sage Software announced today an agreement with Avalara, a provider of on-demand, web-based sales tax compliance services, to private-label versions of its AvaTax sales tax compliance solution for the Sage MAS ERP (enterprise resource planning) product lines. Branded as "Sage MAS 90 and 200 Sales Tax. Powered by AvaTax." and "Sage MAS 500 Sales Tax. Powered by AvaTax." these new products provide small to mid-sized businesses fully automated sales tax management solutions that meet the sales tax requirements for over 12,500 tax jurisdictions in the United States. Sage MAS Sales Tax solutions are available through Sage Software's network of more than 4,800 North American business partners and will enable clients to reap the benefits of simplified and streamlined sales tax processing.

"Sales tax administration is one of the most time-consuming processes our clients face, and even a single error can result in significant penalties or lost revenues," said Himanshu Palsule, Sage Software senior vice president and general manager Mid-Market Accounting Solutions. "The addition of Sales Tax powered by AvaTax to our product portfolio is a tremendous time saver for our Sage MAS customers and includes easy-to-use desktop tools to help them stay on top of complex and changing compliance issues and sales tax rates."

Sage MAS ERP business management solutions enable mid-market companies to effectively manage information and financial processes to help increase growth and profitability. By automating key functions of accounting, financial reporting, project management, distribution, manufacturing, business intelligence and more, Sage MAS provides comprehensive, integrated solutions for both front and back office operations. AvaTax is a web-service-based sales tax solution, which instantly and accurately calculates sales tax for clients in more than 12,500 tax jurisdictions in the U.S.; provides detailed, real-time reporting; and automatically generates sales tax returns. AvaTax is also one of only three solutions certified by the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board to provide accurate and audit-protected sales tax management solutions.

"The opportunity for us to provide Sage MAS users with a fully integrated AvaTax solution from Sage Software is a great addition to our portfolio," said Lorrie Harris, vice president of Sage MAS business partner MicroAccounting Solutions. "The ease of use of AvaTax, coupled with its comprehensive capabilities, is a real time saver for our clients."

Sage Sales Tax is a sales tax management module and subscription service for Sage MAS 90, Sage MAS 200 and Sage MAS 500 customers. A completely automated, end-to-end sales tax compliance solution, the service eliminates the tedious work and complexity accountants and business professionals have experienced when calculating, collecting, reporting on and remitting taxes in multiple jurisdictions. Fully enabled with the taxability, nexus, reporting and filing profiles unique to each business, Sage Sales Tax automatically performs address validation, U.S. sales tax jurisdiction research and rate calculations - all in real-time and within all Sage MAS applications. Fully detailed reports and returns help companies achieve sales tax compliance while saving time and money.

Pricing and Availability
Sage MAS Sales Tax is available through Sage MAS business partners and the Sage Software Accountants Network. Two types of subscriptions are available to Sage MAS users: Standard and Professional. The Standard subscription offers single or multi-state options for Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 users only. Standard subscribers receive the latest and most up-to-date tax rate calculation and address verification. The Professional subscription offers multi-state jurisdiction rate calculations, tax rule application, address verification, sales tax form generation and remittance. The Professional subscription is available to Sage MAS 90, Sage MAS 200 and Sage MAS 500 users. Sage MAS Sales Tax subscription pricing begins as low as $675 annually for a single state subscription and $1,149 for a multi-state subscription. Subscription pricing is based on transaction tiers representing the number of annual invoices and sales shipment. Each transaction tier has an activation fee and an annual service fee. For more information call your local Sage Software business partner or visit www.sagesoftware.com or www.sagemas.com.

About Sage Sales Tax. Powered by AvaTax(TM)
A SMB market-leading, web-service-based sales tax solution, Sage Sales Tax. Powered by AvaTax. instantly and accurately calculates sales tax for clients in any of the more than 12,500 taxing regions in the U.S.; provides detailed, real-time reporting; and automatically generates sales tax returns. AvaTax comes integrated with SMB financial applications serving more businesses than any other solution on the market today, totaling 26 versions of 10 interfaces. Additionally, with AvaTax SDK(TM), developers can integrate Avalara's sales tax Web service with any e-commerce, third party or custom-build solution with use of a comprehensive Software Developer's Kit (SDK).

About Avalara
Headquartered on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington, Avalara is changing the sales tax landscape by delivering innovative and affordable solutions to small and mid-sized businesses. Avalara's mission is to transform the sales tax compliance process by creating cost-effective, state-of-the-art solutions. Avalara does so through integrated, on-demand, Web-based services that provide transparent transactions, accurate tax compliance, painless administration and effortless reporting.

About Sage Software
Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.8 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America through easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software and services. Our products support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage Software is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading international supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related products and services for small and mid-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and the Group now has 5.4 million customers and employs over 13,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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