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California Sales Tax Helper LLC

Sales Tax Professionals in California

Whether you are dealing with a sales tax audit or interested in appealing the final assessment, let California Sales Tax Helper LLC guide you through the complexities of the audit process while protecting your rights and best interests. Our team of former auditors, season tax consultants, and attorneys have decades of sales tax experience and knowledge to help you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case.

Affordable Tax Consulting Services

Rather than spend tens of thousands of dollars of sales tax representation, we provide our services at a fraction of the price. In fact, our sales tax consulting services are available at a flexible fixed fee, so you know all costs upfront.

Our Services

Our California sales tax professionals provide the following services to business owners:

  • Sales Tax Audits – When you receive a notification of a pending audit, we can protect your rights and best interests throughout the investigation process.
  • Assessment Appeals – If you wish to contest the state auditor’s findings, our team can challenge the assessment on your behalf.
  • Sales Tax Litigation – If you wish to sue the state taxing agency, we can bring your case to litigation and help you reach the best possible settlement without a final court decision.
  • Sales Tax Consulting – Our team can also help ensure you follow all state and local tax laws and help you avoid tax penalties in the long run.

Contact us today at for a free 30-minute consultation and speak with our experienced tax consultants.

California Audit Process

When a business owner receives a notice of audit from the state revenue agency, the audit process in underway. In general, auditors can look back at three to four years’ worth of tax documents to look for any error that may result in a significant sales tax liability.

The audit will end once the auditors issue their findings. If you do not agree with the final assessment, you have a limited amount of time to appeal or protest the auditors’ findings.

California Sales Tax Helper LLC can defend your rights in all stages, whether during or after the audit. We can help you file a formal protest with the in-administrative or tax court and contest a jeopardy assessment.

Let Our Tax Audit Experts Help You Immediately!

Not only does a tax attorney costs hundreds of dollars per hour, but an audit may cost around hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our sales tax consulting firm offers services equivalent to tax lawyers at a reasonable price. We understand what it takes to reach positive resolutions on behalf of business owners throughout California. Let our team handle your sales tax problems right away.

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Sales Tax Audit FAQ

  • Q:What triggers a sales tax audit?

    A:You inadvertently waived a red flag or your company landed in the small percentage selected for a random 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 the 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.

  • Q:How do I prepare for a sales tax audit?

    A: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 1 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.

  • Q:How long do sales tax audits last?

    A: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.

  • Q:Can I do this myself or should I hire a sales tax lawyer or a sales tax consultant?

    A:We all enjoy the occasional DIY project, especially when it saves us money. 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 someone with knowledge of the financial implications on your side. That is where sales tax professionals, such as those at Sales Tax Helper LLC, can save you a lot of heartache and money by avoiding a few missteps. 

  • Q:What accounting software and services do you work with?

    A:TaxJar, Vertex O Series, Avalara, Vertex Cloud, Quickbooks, Proconnect Tax Online, Canopy, ONESOURCE, Sovo Intelligent Compliance Cloud, Intuit Lacerte, CCH SureTax, SS&C Advent Axys, Vertex Payroll Tax Q Series, Bloomberg Tax Advantage, VATBox, CSC Corptax Compliant, Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud, TaxCloud, Fast Enterprises, GenTax, Fast Enterprises FastUI, SAP Tax Compliance, Taxify, and ESKORT Compliance Solution.

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