Scott Peterson is Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and of Government Relations for Avalara, Inc. Avalara is the industry leader in providing sales tax automation to small and medium sized business. In his role, Scott leads Avalara’s effort to make sure that Avalara is the first name states think of in sales tax automation. Scott speaks often on, and is frequently quoted, as a nationally recognized expert on sales tax policy, sales tax administration, and sales tax automation. Accounting Today named Scott to the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Prior to joining Avalara Scott was the first Executive Director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board and was the Director of the South Dakota Sales Tax Division. Scott is a veteran of the U.S. Army and holds a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota.