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Professional Sales Tax Audit Services in PA

If you are a business owner in Pennsylvania and facing a sales tax audit from the PA Department of Revenue, you need a professional sales tax expert on your side to guide you through the audit process and help you get the best possible outcome. Rather than pay tens of thousands of dollars being represented by a sales tax attorney, you can count on Pennsylvania Sales Tax Helper LLC for effective and professional assistance at a fraction of the price.

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Our team consists of former auditors, seasoned sales tax consultants, and lawyers who have decades of experience handling sales tax matters for state residents. Do not wait to let us protect your rights and best interests throughout the sales tax audit process.

Available Services

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

  • Sales Tax Audit Defense – Did you know you have the right to have a sales tax professional represent you during each step of the audit process? We can ensure the Department review the appropriate documents.
  • Contest Assessment – If you disagree with the auditor’s findings at the end of examination, we can help you challenge or protest the final assessment in several ways.
  • Sales Tax Litigation – Our team can assist business owners, who need to litigate their tax matters in Pennsylvania tax or administrative court to get just results.
  • Sales Tax Consulting – We can help business owners find tax-saving opportunities and help avoid future audit exposure.

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Sales Tax Audit Process in PA

A Pennsylvania sales tax audit starts when the Department sends you a notice of a pending audit. Next, an initial meeting is scheduled to inform you why your company is being audited.

After the Department creates an audit plan, the auditor will perform an examination by thoroughly reviewing three to four years’ worth of your documents and records and compare the items reported on your state sales tax return. When the audit is complete, the auditor will issue a report that details all sales and tax adjustments.

If you disagree with the final assessment, you have the right to contest the auditor’s findings in court. During the redetermination period, it is possible the Department may offer to settle your case or proceed to the litigation phase.

Whether you are being audited or interested in pursuing litigation, Pennsylvania Sales Tax Helper LLC understands what it takes to get the most favorable results for business owners. Avoid losing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars by letting us help you in each step of the audit process.

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Do not hesitate to let our team of professional experts resolve your sales tax issues. We have extensive knowledge of Pennsylvania sales tax laws and sales tax problems.

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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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