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Issues with sales tax auditor


"If you have issues with your sales tax auditor, what can the auditor's supervisor do that actually makes a change in the audit determination?"

This question was asked at a recent webinar, now available on-demand:

"Confessions of a (Former) State Auditor"

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Wayne Spivak
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This question is extremely wide open.

You need to understand the laws, policies and rules of your Sales Tax Bureau. Then you need to weigh them against what the auditor is doing.

Just being over zealous (or a PIA) isn't a reason a supervisor will do anything. However, what are the justifications and the results of the prior phase that enticed the auditor to ask for more? Fishing expeditions have been found to be unfounded and disallowed in many states.

Talk to both a legal and accounting advisers who have first-hand experience in dealing with this type of situation.


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