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Did you recently receive a notice of a pending sales tax audit from the North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR)? Are you not satisfied with the findings of the audit and do you wish to contest the final assessment? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, look no further than North Carolina Sales Tax Helper LLC for professional sales tax assistance.

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We have a team of former auditors, veteran sales tax consultants, and attorneys who have decades of experience handling various sales tax matters in North Carolina. No matter what type of sales tax issue you are dealing with, we are ready to help you get the most favorable outcome.

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North Carolina Sales Tax Helper LLC provides the following sales tax services:

  • Sales Tax Audit Defense – Our team can guide you through the audit process and protect your rights and best interests during each step.
  • Assessment Appeals – If you do not agree with the auditor’s adjustments and findings, we can help appeal and contest the final assessment.
  • Sales Tax Litigation – Whether you wish to settle your tax dispute through North Carolina tax or administrative court, we can represent you during the litigation process.
  • Sales Tax Counseling – We help business owners find tax saving opportunities and reduce future audit exposure.

If you are facing a sales tax audit in North Carolina, contact us today at .

North Carolina Audit Process

The sales tax audit in North Carolina starts with being notified by the NCDOR about a pending audit. Next, you will be required to attend an initial meeting with auditors to discuss why you are being audited.

Once the NCDOR develops an audit plan, the auditor will perform an examination by reviewing three to four years’ worth of your books and records to find any discrepancies in your state tax return. When the auditor completes the examination, you will receive a final assessment.

If you are not satisfied with the auditor’s findings, you can appeal or protest the assessment in North Carolina tax or administrative court. You have a short time frame (generally 30 to 60 days) to contest the notice.

Whether you have recently been notified of a pending audit or wish to contest the final assessment, North Carolina Sales Tax Helper LLC is ready to help you. Let us be a part of your team and help you navigate the audit process.

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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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