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Indiana Sales Tax Helper LLC

Decades of Combined Experience in Sales Tax Audits, Protests & Litigation

If you were notified by the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) about a pending sales tax audit on your business, you need to hire a sales tax consultant to minimize your sales tax liability. Not having someone who is well-versed with state sales tax audits and knows how to work with auditors can cost your company tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

About Our Team

At Sales Tax Helper LLC in Indiana, our team consists of former auditors, seasoned tax consultants, and lawyers who have decades of collective experience dealing with state tax auditors to help businesses obtain the most favorable audit results. We have helped thousands of clients in every industry overcome their tax burdens and issues.

Services We Offer

Our Indiana sales tax professionals handles the following types of sales tax issues:

  • Sales Tax Audit Defense – Since you have the right to hire a sales tax professional during the audit process. We can push back and tell the state “no” when necessary.
  • Challenge Assessment – If you do not agree with the state auditor’s findings, our team can also contest or protest the final assessment to get a better result.
  • Sales Tax Litigation – If you are interested in suing the DOR, we can help you through each step of the court process.
  • Sales Tax Consulting – Our team can help businesses identify opportunities for tax savings and help them avoid future audits.

Schedule a free 30-minute consultation by calling to discuss your sales tax issues.

Audit Process in Indiana

A sales tax audit in Indiana begins when the DOR sends a notice. You will be required to attend a meeting with state officials, who will disclose the reason behind the audit.

From there, the auditors conduct an examination by comparing three to four years’ worth of any tax-related documents and records to the items reported on your tax return. Any errors you make on the return can result in a significant sales tax liability.

The audit ends when the state gives you a final assessment. However, if you believe the DOR made an error in their audit findings, you can protest the final assessment and litigate the state’s decision.

Indiana Sales Tax Helper LLC can protect your rights and best interests throughout the audit and litigation process. In addition, we provide consultation services to help business avoid future sales tax liabilities.

Let Us Resolve Your Sales Tax Issues Today!

Instead of paying a tax attorney hundreds of dollars by the hour, Indiana Sales Tax Helper offers equivalent services for a reasonable rate. We have flexible fixed fee pricing available, so you know how all the upfront costs you are getting with our help. Do not hesitate to let us handle your sales tax issues.

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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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