Third-Party Sales and Use Tax Software

Overview

Business taxpayers who have a personal computer, telephone, and modem may purchase and use third-party software to prepare and/or electronically file and pay sales tax returns. Third-party software is available off-the-shelf or via download from vendor websites.

While the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) does not charge for electronic filing of sales tax returns, third-party vendors typically charge a fee for their software and/or services. These products vary in price and features. Filers should keep in mind:

  • Software is supplied directly by the developer of that software, not DOR. In most cases, you can download software from an Internet site and pay with a credit card.
  • The purchase price of the software may or may not include preparation of the returns. Electronic filing of your returns may require that you pay an additional fee to the software vendor, typically by credit card at the time of filing.
  • When using third-party software, an application is installed on your computer and used to prepare and/or transmit your returns. You store your work on your vendor's or your computer. You establish a direct connection with the private vendor to transmit your returns or you may transmit your return directly to DOR.
  • Filers should keep a copy of the return and acknowledgement for their records.

Approved Vendor List

The following software vendors have entered into a cooperation agreement with DOR. This means that the software vendors' file format and transmission method were successfully tested with DOR for reliability.

Vendors or potential participants do not have to be listed on this page to offer sales tax return preparation or transmission.

Product Name
Company
Phone numberWeb AddressVendor-supplied description
AVALARA(877) 780-4848 Avalara.com

Avalara, Inc. is a leading cloud-based sales tax and compliance automation technology provider. It automates sales tax rate calculation at the state, county and city level while simultaneously managing exemption certificates, returns, filing forms and remitting payments. Avalara AvaTax™ calculates and delivers instantaneous sales tax rates using precise geo-location and real-time rules for more than 12,000 sales tax jurisdictions. AvaTax integrates into most major ERP systems, accounting packages, ecommerce shopping carts, as well as Point of Sale systems and mobile platforms. Each year Avalara's transactional tax compliance automation software solutions deliver billions of tax decisions, manage millions of exemption certificates, file hundreds of thousands of sales tax returns, and remit billions of dollars to state and local taxing authorities.

CORPSYSTEM SALES AND USE TAX SOLUTIONS(866) -513-2677 salestax.com

The extensive collection of sales tax solutions available through CorpSystem speeds your day-to-day workflow and streamlines larger projects so you can get more done in less time. A total solution for your sales tax calculation and filing needs, CorpSystem sales tax products provide you with accurate and up-to-date sales tax rates, taxability rules and tax calculations, which keeps you compliant in the ever-changing world of sales taxes.

EXACTOR, INC (800) 851-8226 exactor.com

The EXACTOR SUITE is the original fully automated compliance service for sales, use and VAT taxes. Using its fully automated patent pending technology, the EXACTOR SUITE is offered for companies of all sizes. It offers a centralized system that seamlessly and transparently provides all the elements required for tax compliance across the United States and internationally, starting from the first step of tax determination (accurately and automatically deciding the determinative taxing jurisdiction and calculating the appropriate taxes), as well as filing the required tax forms, and disbursing the tax proceeds across the thousands of different taxing jurisdictions.

SAXTAX(800) 678-1789 saxtax.com

The SAXTAX Program enables filing with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue using electronic filing and electronic funds transfer. Prepare returns using data entry screens that look just like the actual sales tax form. While you can file electronically, you can also print returns with your laser printer. This program gives you a diagnostics summary before transmitting which shows any filing problems.

With SAXTAX, not only do you get an easy to use sales tax program, but you also get unlimited technical support. You'll always get a real person when you call us. We think that's important. See for yourself; call today.

TaxCloud (by FedTax, LLC)(877) TAXCLOUD taxcloud.com

TaxCloud is a free, easy-to-use sales tax management service. It handles every aspect of sales tax, from calculation to collection to filing - and it's completely free. TaxCloud can be easily integrated into most accounting, order management, and shopping cart systems.

Features: Calculates sales tax in real time for any location in the country
Automatically files sales tax returns for 24 states
Prepares monthly state-by-state reports on sales tax collected
Monitors changes to tax rates and tax holidays and updates data accordingly
Manages sales tax exemption certificates
Registers sellers in 24 states

THOMSON/RIA (800) 865-5257 ria.thomson.com

Thomson/RIA offers InSource(r) Sales & Use Tax, a comprehensive Windows-based application for larger companies filing 20+ returns monthly. It generates over 470 state, local, and Canadian returns including state EDI, XML or Internet-enabled returns. Alternatively, for companies filing less than 20 monthly returns, InSource Express RS(r) Sales & Use Tax is designed and priced to meet their needs. This Internet-based product also produces a complete set of state, local, and Canadian returns including the Wisconsin XML return.

Fax: (972) 250-8042
Email: RIAHome@NYExchange

VERTEX INC (800) 281-1900 vertexinc.com

Vertex Sales Tax Returns Q Series is a Windows-based software application for companies filing in five or more states that automates the entire return preparation process. Tax data can be directly imported from virtually any calculation system, spreadsheet or text file in order to provide a simple, efficient and accurate compliance solution. Comprehensive reporting available within the software provides a foundation for thorough analysis and reconciliation support. Audit trails throughout the application assist with maintaining the data integrity concerns of SOX compliance. Electronic filing capabilities currently exist for 13 states, with additional states scheduled.

Please note: The third-party vendor software companies and their websites are not contractually associated with DOR. Their software products have been tested to assess their reliability. However, DOR does not guarantee any aspect of the software, its features, or performance.

Benefits of Electronic Filing

  • Online or electronic filing offers a number of benefits including speed, accuracy, and convenience.
  • You receive confirmation that DOR has received your tax returns.
  • You may initiate an electronic payment at the same time you transmit your return.
  • Amended returns are accepted electronically by DOR through the Sales File Transmission process or My Tax Account.

For more information about vendor products, security, pricing, features, technical support, and other aspects, visit their websites or contact them by phone. Important: These products differ in price and features. Look at the total package; investigate all your options.

September 27, 2018