If you are a normal human being, your response to that headline should be “Who bought who?”.  If you are a B2B Commerce nerd, your response might be:  “that was so last month, where have you been?!”  I’ll assume most of you lean towards the former, but I’ll keep it short–just in case!


Invoiceware is a fascinating, little company that made its name handling VAT-compliant e-invoicing in Latin American countries.  Invoiceware provided software to perform this service for many US-Based multinationals and some domestic Latin American companies.  Latin American countries tend to mandate government-intermediated e-invoicing as a way to ensure business taxes are collected.  (Basically every transaction ends up touching a government server as part of the approval process.  Something the Greek taxation authorities might want to consider!) Invoiceware managed to get a head of many of the big global e-invoicing networks on this regulatory regime and carved out a nice niche apparently appreciated by Sovos.

Invoiceware Sovos Compliance

I had never heard of Sovos Compliance until the Invoiceware deal, but I had heard of one of their products, Taxware, for many years.  Taxware is a leading sales and use tax software package that had been “around the block” in terms of ownership:  First Data, then ADP, and now Vista Equity (in the form of Sovos).  Sovos appears to be a Vista and Hg Capital owned “roll-up” of tax compliance software and service companies– namely the aforementioned Taxware and Invoiceware, plus several additional companies:

  • “the #1 private, third-party filer of 1099 forms in the United States, Convey Compliance Systems”
  • VAT Resource  which “contributes over 10 years international tax expertise, including consulting services and powerful VAT reporting software solutions”
  • “ShipCompliant, the industry leading SaaS compliance and transaction platform for the beverage alcohol industry.” (This one may compete with another company, Fintech (yes, that is company’s name), I have written about here) and finally
  • Taxify, “an SST-certified sales tax automation, reporting and filing tool for small and medium businesses, with unique solutions for e-commerce businesses”

Alcohol and Taxes

In this fiscal environment, selling more efficient ways for companies to comply with tax regulations and for governments to ensure collection seems like a pretty good idea.  Sin taxes, such as alcohol and cigarettes are a pretty sure bet as well.

I love boring, unglamorous, transactional business like this.  They don’t make headlines, but just make money.

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