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Professional Sales Tax Audit Services in WA

If you are a business owner in Washington and are subject to an audit for sales tax, a final assessment can be a significant financial burden for your company. To avoid losing tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars handling your sales tax issues on your own, you should let Washington Sales Tax Helper LLC get the best possible outcome.

An Experienced and Professional Team

With decades of experience, our team consists of former auditors, veteran sales tax consultants, and even lawyers who have extensive knowledge of the audit process to help you resolve your tax matters. Rather than paying tens of thousands of dollars on an attorney, our professional experts offer equivalent representation at a fraction of the cost.

A Range of Services

Washington Sales Tax Helper LLC provides the following sales tax audit services:

  • Sales Tax Audit Defense – If you received a notice of a pending audit, you have a right to have a sales tax representative on your side from start to finish.
  • Assessment Appeals – Unsatisfied with the final assessment? We can help you contest or protest the auditor’s findings.
  • Sales Tax Litigation – If you wish to litigate your tax matter in Washington tax or administrative court, look no further than our sales tax litigation consultants to advise you.
  • Sales Tax Consulting – To limit exposure to future audits and take advantage of tax-saving opportunities, we provide consulting services on all things sales tax.

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Sales Tax Audit Process in WA

Most sales tax audits begin when you receive a notice from the Washington State Department of Revenue. The auditors will schedule an initial meeting to address the nature of the audit.

After the Department devises an audit plan, auditors will conduct an examination by reviewing your books and records and compare all reported sales to your state sales tax return. In general, auditors can look through three to four years’ worth of your documents to find any error.

Once the examination phase is finished, the auditor will issue a final assessment. If you do not agree with the auditor’s findings, you may appeal or protest the assessment.

Not only can Washington Sales Tax Helper LLC handle the audit on your behalf and keep the auditors at bay while you concentrate on business operations, but we can also fight the assessment and protect your businesses’ rights. Do not wait to let us guide you through each step of 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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