For business owners, being notified and going through the procedure of a sales tax audit can be a daunting proposition. We can help.
You have been through the grueling process of a Tax Audit. If you are reading this, then you are not satisfied with the audit results.
From the initial audit notice through litigation. We can take action on any tax law issue you may have at any stage.
Consult with our firm for the knowledgeable legal representation that can make all the difference in the resolution of your case.
Our transparent, fixed-fee business model is created around our belief that you don’t need a $400+ an hour sales tax lawyer on retainer to successfully deal with most sales tax problems.
Many States do not require a sales tax attorney to handle your case with the state agency and you deserve to know up-front what your cost will be for the services needed.
Most cases begin when a taxpayer receives a notice of audit from the state revenue agency. Auditors can generally go back 3-4 years and finding a small error can result in a large sales tax liability. Sales Tax helper can handle the audit on your behalf, keep the auditor out of your hair and allow you to focus on making money in your business.
At the end of the audit, the auditor will issue their audit findings. Your business only has a limited time to protest the auditor’s findings. Our team can fight the assessment on the law or the facts and make sure your businesses’ rights are protected.
Following the appeal or the protest period, your business still can fight the assessment by filing in administrative or tax court within a specific time frame. Our team has extensive experience and success in fighting tax assessment and refunds in administrative or tax court.
While most tax professionals charge by the hour, we have flexible fixed fee pricing available.
Often times having a California attorney or a tax law firm may be more expensive than necessary. Instead of spending tens of thousands on sales tax representation, we have former auditors to handle sales tax audits, and seasoned sales tax consultants to handle your company’s sales tax appeals or protests. And, if need be, we have attorneys at our disposal that are qualified to handle your sales tax case in administrative court. In the end, you get decades of sales tax know-how at a fraction of the price. Instead of traditional hourly rates charged by traditional tax lawyers, we offer fixed-fee pricing and you only pay for what you need. Unlike run of the mill tax lawyers, who often only have experience with federal tax issues, our team’s expertise is with sales tax issues and state sales tax laws.
At California Sales Tax Helper we help those in need of representation during sales tax audits, protests, and administrative litigation. More importantly, we provide services equivalent to tax attorneys at the price of a sales tax consultant. Simply put, this is what we do and we will work hard to reach a reasonable resolution for your business’s sales tax liabilities. We welcome the opportunity to handle your sales tax issues and be part of your team!
You inadvertently waived a red flag or your company landed in the small percentage selected for a random California sales tax audit. These red flags include: cash-based businesses, prior audits that resulted in owed sales tax, your sales reported to the state didn’t match what you reported to IRS, a high volume of exempt sales, filing a refund claim, or a high number of credits. There’s also a possibility that your business happens to be in an industry that your state suspects rampant under-reporting. Often times, they will target industries effected by complex sales tax laws. Learn More
1. RESPOND to the notice
2. Get organized
3. Identify/Hire your audit manager
4. Notify your auditor of who they will be corresponding with
5. Compare your sales tax returns against the federal tax return
6. Test at least one month of exempt sales
7. Reconcile your sales tax payable account versus your sales tax payments
8. Review your fixed assets purchased, did you pay sales tax on them?
9. Review your purchases on your key expense accounts to ensure tax was paid on your purchases
10. Look at our complete list that explains these steps in more detail: here
Audit duration can vary dramatically from state to state and from business to business. Waiver issues aside, an audit generally takes 3-7 months to complete. Surprisingly, some audits can drag on for a few years. Time factors usually swing on the size of the company, the ability to produce reliable and organized documentation, and the level of sophistication of the business.
We all enjoy the occasional DIY project especially when it saves us money, am I right? Before opting to go that route, consider the risk vs. rewards involved. Avalara recently conducted a study and found that the average sales tax audit costs around $115,000. When facing a sales tax audit it is beneficial to have the expertise of the financial implications on your side. That is where Sales Tax Professionals such as SalesTaxHelper can save you a lot of heartache and money by avoiding a few missteps. Learn More
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Sales Tax Helper LLC is not a law firm. Sales Tax Helper (“STH”) is a company providing informational products, DIY software, technology and legal document assistance to its users and customers. STH’s Founder and President is a licensed Florida attorney providing sales tax and multi-state sales tax legal services through his law firm. While STH is a separate entity from the law firm, STH assists the firm and/or other affiliate lawyers in providing services to clients.
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