Managing sales and use tax audits
Sales and use tax audits can be extremely painful — they are time-consuming, exhaust valuable resources, and can negatively affect the bottom line due to hefty penalties and expenses to defend your company.
Thanks to hundreds of new tax laws introduced each year, compounded by newly taxable items and services, tax departments can easily make indirect tax reporting and payment mistakes. These oversights could lead to an audit. But even the most vigilant and tax compliant companies aren’t spared. They can be statistically selected for an audit.
So how can your indirect tax team avoid, manage, or survive a sales and use tax audit? First, understand your risk level. Be aware of all the red flags and common pitfalls — both large and small — that will put your company in the cross hairs of tax authorities eager to financially boost their coffers. Then determine how to protect your business by staying tax compliant or remedy the issues before they are discovered.
With insights, strategies, and advice from real-life former auditors, we’ve put together a survival guide with useful tips to help you navigate and sidestep a sales and use tax audit.
Download our free white paper to discover:
- Who tax authorities target for audits and how they make their decisions
- What documents sales tax auditors examine and how many years back their audit will cover
- How to avoid the eight most common items and conditions that could trigger a sales and use tax audit
- Effective sales and use tax solutions to reduce and manage audits