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Ohio Sales Tax Helper LLC

Professional Sales Tax Audit Services in OH

If you are an Ohio business owner who has recently received a notice of a sales tax audit from the Department of Taxation, you need to hire an audit manager who will communicate with the auditor directly, identify areas of concerns or issues through a self-audit, and protect your rights and best interests throughout the audit process. At Ohio Sales Tax Helper LLC, we offer experienced and knowledgeable sales tax audit services to obtain a reasonable resolution for your company’s sales tax liabilities.

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Our team consists of former auditors, sales tax consultants, and even lawyers with decades of sales tax audit experience to handle a wide range of tax-related issues. Instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on traditional representation from a sales tax lawyer, let our professionals guide you through the audit process at a fraction of the price.

Our Services

Ohio Sales Tax Helper LLC offers the following sales tax audit services:

  • Sales Tax Audit Defense – You have the right to have a sales tax representative on your side throughout the audit process. We will always protect your rights and best interests from start to finish.
  • Challenge Assessment – If you wish to dispute the auditor’s findings, our team can appeal or protest the final assessment.
  • Sales Tax Litigation – We can litigate any tax issues in Ohio tax or administrative court on your company’s behalf.
  • Sales Tax Consulting – Our team can help you avoid future exposure to sales tax audits and take advantage of tax -saving opportunities.

Call (866) 458-7966 to learn more information about our experienced sales tax audit team.

Ohio Sales Tax Audit Process

The sales tax audit process starts once you receive a notice from the Ohio Department of Taxation. An initial meeting will be scheduled, so auditors can discuss the reasons behind the audit and the length of the audit.

After a plan is developed, the auditors will conduct an examination into three to four years’ worth of your company’s books and records. While audits typically take three to seven months to complete, the process may drag on for a few years, depending on the size of the business and the ability to produce the necessary documents.

Once the examination is complete, the auditors will produce a preliminary assessment. Your sales tax professional can work together with the auditor to avoid significant sales tax liability.

If you do not agree with the final assessment, your sales tax representative may challenge the auditor’s findings. However, it is possible to work out any issues before a final assessment is made.

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Do not hesitate to let Ohio Sales Tax Helper LLC help you manage your sales tax audit. We have helped thousands of clients overcome tax burdens and issues in nearly every industry.

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Sales Tax Audit FAQ

  • Q:What triggers a 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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