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Louisiana Sales Tax Helper LLC

Experienced & Professional Sales Tax Consultants

If you were notified about a potential sales tax audit by the Louisiana Department of Revenue (DOR), you could end up having to pay tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars because of significant sales tax liability. However, having a professional tax representative on your side can help you obtain the best possible result in the end.

Decades of Experience

Our team of former auditors, veteran tax consultants, and lawyers at Louisiana Sales Tax Helper LLC has decades of combined experience handling a wide range of sales tax issues and helping businesses limit their sales tax liability. Let us protect your rights and best interests throughout the audit and litigation process.

How We Can Help You

We provide the following types of professional sales tax audit services in Louisiana:

  • Sales Tax Audits – From start to finish, we can defend you throughout the examination process. We have helped thousands of clients by working together with auditors to get the most favorable outcome.
  • Assessment Appeals – If you believe the DOR made a mistake on your audit, our team can challenge and protest the state auditors’ final assessment.
  • Sales Tax Litigation – If you wish to take your sales tax issue to court against the DOR, we can either negotiate a settlement on your behalf or defend you in administrative court.
  • Sales Tax Consulting – Our experts offer businesses professional consulting services to help them find tax-saving opportunities and reduce exposure to future audits.

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Louisiana Audit Process

The first step of the audit process in Louisiana starts with receiving a notice from the DOR. The agency will then request a meeting to discuss the reasons why your business is being audited.

When the state auditors develop an audit plan, they will perform a thorough examination into your tax documents and records and compare them to all the items you reported on your state’s sale tax return. At the end of the audit, the agency will provide a final assessment.

If you do not agree with the outcome of the audit, you have the right to fight an audit assessment. Remember, you have the right to a sales tax professional during the audit and appeal.

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Our professional experts at Louisiana Sales Tax Helper are well-versed in the sales tax audit process to guide you through all the complexities of your case. In addition, we offer our professional services at a flexible fixed fee, so you know how much you are paying up front for our help. Do not risk ending up with an unfavorable audit and let us resolve your sales tax problems.

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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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