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. For more information, visit us at www.avalara.com
The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) is an intergovernmental state tax agency whose mission is to achieve fairness by promoting compliance and consistent tax policy and practice and to preserve the sovereignty of state and local governments over their tax systems. The MTC’s vision is to be recognized as the “gold standard” for tax policy development, the primary authority for the public and public officials on issues of state and local tax uniformity and fairness, and the leading resource for ensuring equitable tax compliance.
Mark Giddens is one of Avalara’s founding employees and has worked in accounting and sales and use tax management for over 14 years. Working with hundreds of companies across many industries, Mark helps guide business owners and finance professionals in maintaining compliance and leveraging best-practices across the organization.
Mark is Manager of Pre-Sales Support at Avalara.
Richard Cram is the Director of the Multistate Tax Commission’s National Nexus Program in Washington, D.C. The National Nexus Program provides a Multistate Voluntary Disclosure Program that 38 states, including the District of Columbia, participate in. Prior to his current position, Richard served for 15 years as the Director of Policy & Research in the Kansas Department of Revenue, and for 2 years as an attorney in the Legal Services Bureau of the Department, in Topeka, Kansas. He has worked as a research attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court, and practiced law as an associate in law firms in Chicago, Illinois and Goodland, Kansas. Richard graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Kansas and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.