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5 Ways to Make Sure Your Business is Ready for the End of the Year

The end of the year is quite a busy time for any business owner. Not only are the holidays in full swing, but additionally, there are tasks every business owner needs do to set themselves up for a good start in 2019, especially in terms of taxes and bookkeeping. In this article, we’ll highlight what we believe are some of the most important things to do in closing out the year.

 

  • Make sure your accounts receivable is reconciled.

 

We begin with a task that is absolutely essential. Take a look at your list of unpaid invoices and try to collect these bills before the end of the year. Not only will this give you a fresh start in the new year, but it will also help with cash flow.  

 

  • Confirm that your payroll and benefits are accurate.

 

As expressed by many tax experts, it’s always better (and less expensive) to correct any issues with payroll and benefits in December rather than in the new year. Something that often goes unaccounted for are taxable fringe benefits, such as sick pay or a company car, or other transportation subsidies.  

 

  • Disburse any bonuses before the end of the year.

 

Bonuses have a big impact on the profits you report. As a result, it makes a difference whether you disburse these bonuses before the end of the year versus in the new year. If you assign bonuses at the end of the year, you can deduct from the revenue for this year, meaning a reduction in the amount of tax you’ll owe when you file.

 

  • Meet with your tax professional.

 

A year-end meeting with your tax preparer is always a good idea. You can use this meeting to evaluate your current tax strategies based on your financial report. Look through your cash flow statement, balance sheet, and profit and loss statement together and identify how taxes will be influenced.

 

  • Use your financial statements to create goals for the coming year.

 

Not only is it useful to review your financial statements to evaluate the goals that had been set for this past year, but also to set new goals for the coming year. Besides setting new goals, use this time to begin planning your budget.

These five simple steps we’ve covered above can go a long way in ensuring your business is ready for the new year. It may seem like a lot of work, especially with all of the holiday chaos, but in the long run, it will make your life easier and help your business be successful. In addition to state and IRS audit representation, our team of CPAs also offers additional services such as individual income taxes, business income taxes, and employment taxes. If you have any questions, contact our friendly IRS Audit Group staff today at 1-888-300-6670 for a free consultation.

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New Tax Changes In 2018 You Should Know About

There are a few tax changes that you might want to make yourself aware of in 2018. Many of these new changes are updates from the IRS and a major tax reform that was passed by Congress. These changes have the potential to alter your situation drastically in the 2018 tax year and future years to come.

The IRS usually unveils its new changes to taxes every year. This includes any cost-of-living adjustments for retirement savings, as well as inflation changes on specific tax provisions. All of these changes, along with the bill that was recently passed by Congress, have the potential to result in major changes to the amount you owe on your taxes. Let’s take a look at some of the most prevalent ways these new changes can affect you.

Top income tax rate

If you’re an individual with an annual income of over $500,000, you’re in the new top income tax rate. The new 37 percent top rate will also apply to any married taxpayers that file jointly at $600,000 and higher.

Increased child tax credit

The existing child tax credit has been increased to $2,000 per each qualifying child, as long as they are under the age of 17 years. This figure is up from the previous amount of $1,000. For those that do not qualify for the new $2,000 credit, a $500 credit will be available.

Changes to standard deductions

As far as standard deductions go, anyone that is married and planning on filing jointly will notice an increased standard of deduction of $24,000. This is a decent leap up from the previous amount of $13,000.

There is now a $12,000 standard deduction for all single taxpayers and those that are married, but wish to file separately. This amount has increased almost double its original amount of $6,500. If you identify as the head of your household, you will see the amount increase from $9,550 to $18,000.

Limit increase for retirement savings

If you’re an employee that participates in a retirement plan, you may be able to now contribute up to $18,500 this year for your retirement plan. This amount is a $500 increase from the $18,000 limit of 2017. Some of the participating plans include: 401k, 403b and most of the 457 plans, along with the Thrift Savings Plan.

If you contribute to an individual retirement account or IRA, you’ll notice higher income ranges following the cost-of-living adjustments. For single taxpayers, the new limit becomes $63,000 to $73,000.

Deductions that have been done away with

A large majority of the deductions remain unchanged under the new tax law. However, there are a few to mention that are being removed. The following deductions are no longer available under the new 2018 tax laws.

  • Moving expenses
  • Unreimbursed employee expenses
  • Tax preparation expenses
  • Employer-subsidized parking and transportation reimbursement
  • Casualty and theft losses (except those that are attributable to a federally declared disaster)
  • Other miscellaneous deductions that were previously subject to the 2% AGI cap

It’s important to be aware of each of the changes made for the 2018 tax season, as well as any new tax laws for the future. Being up-to-date on all the latest laws and regulations will help to avoid any headaches when it comes to making sure your taxes are done properly. Each year the IRS makes changes to how our taxes are done, like adding or removing deductions and making changes to tax rates.

Changing income rages, as well as changes on corporate levels can make the ever-evolving tax laws seem like a chore to keep up with. The good thing is that for some people, these changes can be beneficial to them and their entire family. Prepare yourself for the current tax season and all upcoming seasons, so that you can avoid any costly mistakes on your taxes.

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Beware of IRS Scammers

Tax season may be over now, but that does not mean it is okay to let your guard down when it comes to your taxes and personal information. The IRS warns that scammers are still out there coming up with new schemes to scare you into giving out your personal information and sometimes even cash.

Being on the lookout for IRS Scammers

There are many different things you should be on the lookout for when it comes to protecting yourself and your personal information. Every year, scammers come out with new and evolved methods for scamming unsuspecting customers out of their hard earned money, or their valuable personal data.

According to the IRS themselves, summer is the most likely time to see an uptick in scammer activity. This is because during the summer time, many taxpayers are already expecting to hear back from the IRS regarding their tax status and other important information. This is the time that many individuals need to be aware of any suspicious emails and telephone scams. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between a legitimate IRS communication and a fake one.

Types of IRS Scammers

Scammers are continuously changing their methods of scamming in order to stay under the radar of law enforcement and other safety officials. That is why it is so important to stay up-to-date on the types of scams that are currently going around. In most cases, scammers will attempt to get taxpayers to reveal personal data to them, such as their social security number, their account information, PIN numbers and passwords.

They like to attempt this by sending out false emails that are made to look like a legitimate email from the IRS. If you’re not aware of it, it is very easy to mistake the fake emails for the real deal. Other than emails, scammers can also contact you through these ways:

  • Voicemail: There have been quite a few cases recently where scammers will call an individual and leave a voicemail message on their phone stating that if they do not return their phone call, a warrant will be put out for their arrest. Sometimes these messages will even include an urgent time frame like 24 hours for you to return the call or else you will be “arrested”. The IRS has stated that they do not place phone calls leaving urgent messages. If you receive one of these voicemails it is a scam.
  • TAC Calls: TAC stands for taxpayer assistant center. This is where discerning a fake call from a legitimate one can become tricky. In order for the scammers to appear to be a legitimate IRS caller, they are able to fake specific caller ID numbers which include numbers form a taxpayer assistant center. Even when you attempt to question the caller to find out if it is a scam, they are likely to tell you to check the local TAC number with the one on the IRS.gov website. After this they are likely to call you back again and demand a payment from you. In most cases, they demand the payment to be by debit card. While this might seem like a scam that would be hard to recognize, just keep in mind that the actual TAC offices will never make a call demanding payments from you. TAC offices only offer in-person help for taxpayers.
  • Fake form scams: Sometimes a scammer may even go as far as sending fake forms to your home address. Scammers can send a letter to your home with a fake form called the W-8BEN. It claims that the taxpayer may be exempt from withholding and from reporting income tax. This fake form may also refer to the form W9095, which does not exist. If you receive any of these types of forms or letters they are a scam, do not reply to them or send any information back.

As time goes on, scammers are becoming more and more intricate with their schemes and plots to steal taxpayers’ money and personal information. It is important to educate yourself on the type of scams that are out there so that you decrease the chances of falling victim to one of these scams yourself. Spread the word and educate your family as well so that as few people as possible are fooled by IRS scammers.

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Common Reasons the IRS Will Audit You

Hearing the word “audit” strikes fear into the hearts of even the bravest of men and women. There are so many myths and negative views when it comes to an IRS audit. No one wants to be audited by the IRS. Avoid making these seven mistakes and you should okay.

Not reporting all income.

Being self-employed or freelancer can be quite tricky. And sometimes, people try to hold onto money by not reporting all of the income they’ve made. This is a huge mistake because the IRS receives the same 1099 and W-2 tax forms that you do. If your income does not match up to what they have, that sends a red flag to the IRS and you will likely be audited.

Excessive businesses expenses.

Business expenses are the cost of carrying on a trade or business. An example of a business expense would be office supplies, a vehicle designated specifically to conduct business. A red flag to the IRS would be a cell-phone bill with too many personal calls.

Reporting a home office.

The IRS says that the criteria for claiming a home office on your taxes must show that the business receives “regular and exclusive useof that office and it is the principal place of your business.” The home office cannot be just a convenient place to work from time to time. You must have a designated space for your work and use that space exclusively for work.

Using the wrong filing status.

Marriage and divorce happen and so, too, do changes in filing status.Going from filing “Married filing jointly” to “Single, head of household” could be a possible IRS audit trigger. Make sure you fill out all of your information correctly to ensure you don’t draw the ire of the IRS.

Fudging your math and numbers.

People make mistakes. We’re human. However, your taxes should be one area where people do their best to pay close attention to detail. Some people even think they’re being helpful by rounding numbers to the nearest whole number. Don’t do that. The IRS expects to see cents and odd numbers. Rounding up will incur an IRS tax audit and fines.

Filing personal expenses as business expenses.

Some people try to claim personal expenses as a business expense. Be careful of what you mark as a business expense. For example, if you have a vehicle that you use for both personal and business use, claiming it on your tax returns can be cause for an IRS tax audit. Travel expense is an area that can raise a red flag. If your travel was not business-related, do not claim it as a business expense.

Claiming too many charitable donations.

Giving to charity is awesome and could be a tax write off. Make sure you keep proof of charitable donations. Don’t falsify donations and do not report what you cannot prove. Otherwise, you will raise the suspicions of the IRS.

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California Passes SB274 in Response to BBA’s New Partnership Audit Rules

Changes Brought by the BBA’s New Partnership Audit Regime

In November of 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) was signed into federal law, bringing significant changes to the rules surrounding partnership audits and adjustments. The BBA replaced partnership audit laws that were in place underneath the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA). One significant change that came as a result included administering tax effects resulting from a partnership audit on a partnership level instead of individual level. Furthermore, under the new rules, tax deficiencies were to be assessed in the adjustment year (when the audit is resolved) instead of the reviewed year which the tax deficiency occurred.  The third major change was requiring partnerships to select a “Partnership Representative” who possesses all authority on behalf of the partnership during a partnership tax audit. These changes all went into effect as of January 1st, 2018.

California’s Response: SB274

When federal tax laws are changed, they typically also impact state tax laws, and this certainly has been the case with the new BBA partnership audit laws. On September 23rd of this year, California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, approved Senate Bill No. 274 (SB274), which requires partnerships to report every change and alternation that came as a result of an IRS partnership audit to the Franchise Tax Board within 6 months of the final determination. As an urgency statute, this bill was declared to take immediate effect. California already required individual taxpayers to notify the Franchise Tax Board if an audit resulted in an adjustment to their federal tax return.

California joins Arizona, Georgia, and Hawaii, which had each already passed legislation that addressed partnerships audits at the state level in response to changes at the federal level. Experts believe that as the new BBA partnership rules take effect for the 2018 tax year and beyond, more states are likely to make legislative changes which are in line with the federal rules.

Dealing with a Partnership Audit Under the New Laws

These new partnership audit rules, both at the federal and state level, have certainly caused a fair share of confusion among those who file partnership returns. Partnership audits are already tricky and difficult to navigate, and while these changes were designed to make the process simpler, no one knows yet exactly how they will play out in reality.

At IRS Audit Group, our team specializes in achieving the best possible results, no matter the scope of the problem. Whether it’s a federal partnership audit or a state partnership audit, we can ensure that our tax attorneys will get the job done right. We’ll guide you through each step of the way, resolving your tax issues efficiently and effectively. Facing the IRS on your own can be intimidating and extremely stressful; instead, let our experienced attorneys represent you throughout the entire IRS audit process. Call us today at 1-888-300-6670 for a free consultation where we will answer your questions and tell you how we can help you resolve all of your tax issues.

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The Process of Getting Audited by the IRS

An IRS tax audit is something that absolutely no one wants to deal with. Not only can audits be stressful and time-consuming, but in addition, you may have to pay additional taxes and potentially even face penalties. In this article, we’ll cover the IRS audit process, giving you all the information you need to know. Why does the IRS audit people? How does the IRS notify you of an audit? What information does the IRS want during an audit? How long does the process take? We’ll answer these questions and more below.

Reasons for an IRS Audit

There are a few different reasons why the IRS selects people for audits. One way is through computer software that uses a statistical formula to compare your tax return with the averages of similar tax returns. Making math mistakes, not reporting all income, or claiming deductions that aren’t deserved are all things that can lead to an audit. Another way the IRS selects for audits is by someone being associated (through transactions) with another taxpayers who has been selected for an audit. If your tax return is selected, an IRS auditor reviews your tax documents before deciding to accept it or continue on with the audit process.

Receiving an IRS Tax Notice

The IRS will never call or email you about to notify you that you’ve been selected for an audit. Instead, you’ll receive an IRS tax notice by mail which includes contact information as well as instructions. The IRS does audits by both mail (mail audit), through in-person interviews which could take place at an IRS office (office audit), or at a taxpayer’s place of business (field audit). These three are the most common types of audits. It is possible to request an in-person audit if the documents that the IRS requests are too many to mail.

Documents that the IRS Commonly Requests for an Audit

There are a variety of different tax documents that the IRS can request during an audit. These include bills, receipts, canceled checks, legal papers, loan agreements, theft or loss documents, and employment documents. This is why ensuring that your books are up to date and kept meticulously are extremely important. In the case that an audit was to occur, all the documents should be on hand and ready to go.

The IRS Statute of Limitations

The IRS can audit returns that were filed in the last three years, although in situations where more substantial errors have been identified, they can go back additional years. Most commonly, however, audits are conducted for returns filed in the last two years.

The Length of Audits

Generally speaking, most audits take less than a year to complete. Mail audits are typically the fastest (three to six months) while field audits can last up to a year. The length of an audit is based upon a multitude of different factors which include the complexity of the issues, the type of audit, the type of information that has been requested, as well as your response to the audit report.

Conclusion of an Audit

There are three ways an audit can end. In the first scenario, your items are reviewed and there are no resulting changes. The second way an audit can end is if the IRS proposes changes, and you accept those changes. If you owe money, there are various payment options that are available. Lastly, the third way is if the IRS proposes changes, but you don’t agree with those changes. If you don’t agree, you can schedule a conference with an IRS manager, as well as file an appeal if enough time is left on the statute of limitations.

In this article, we’ve covered some of the most common questions people have about IRS audits. There’s no doubt that there’s a lot more to audits then what we’ve outlined here, some of which can become extremely confusing. We always suggest consulting with an experienced tax team that you can rely on to guide you through the audit process and represent you during an audit to ensure you get the best possible outcome. At IRS Audit Group, we have over 15 years of experience in dealing with the IRS specifically dealing with IRS and state audits. Call us today at 1-888-300-6670 for a free consultation and more information about how we could help you.

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The BOE Sales and Use Tax and its Affect on Income Tax Returns

As required by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDFTA), all retailers engaged in business in the state must pay the state’s sales tax. This applies to all sales of goods and merchandise in the state, as well as to all purchases shipped to a consumer in California—regardless if the sale is made by the Internet, telephone, or mail order. The sales and use tax rate is dependent on the specific location in California that a retail does business in and includes a state, local, and district tax.

What is a BOE Sales and Use Tax Audit?

The revenue from sales tax that California collects funds the state’s General Fund, which is used for schools, parks, road, and other public programs. As a result, the California State Board of Equalization, which administers and oversees the tax code, vigorously seeks enforcement and compliance. What does this mean for business owners? The Board of Equalization (BOE) regularly conducts audits to check that businesses are accurately collecting, recording, and reporting the sales tax. Audits are especially common for businesses in which cash transactions make up great deal of the total sales. Audits are also more likely to occur if you’ve had late payments or filings, or if you’ve had tax issues in the past.

This is one of the primary reasons why it’s extremely critical to make sure your tax records and bookkeeping are always up to date and done meticulously. In this case that an audit was to happen, all the records would be ready and accurate. If the BOE wants to audit your business and your books don’t add up, this can create a host of problems. To begin, a sales tax liability will be assessed against the business owner, who has to pay the amount owed within 30 days. Additionally, adjustments to the sales and use tax returns can also impact your income tax returns.

How Can a BOE Audit Impact Income Tax Returns?

When the Board of Equalization conducts an audit that results in adjustments of total sales, it will provide the California Tax Franchise Board with a copy of the audit report. It’s typically the case that an adjustment to the sales and use tax return will also require an adjustment to the income tax return. This is because has an impact on various tax items, most commonly total sales and business expenses.

What to do if an Audit Results in an Adjusted Sales and Use Tax Return?

While an adjustment to a sales and use tax return can certainly be stressful, there are certain steps you can should take to prevent the problem from going any further. Make sure to review the audit report and compare it with your income tax return in order determine whether or not an adjustment needed is needed on your income tax return. If an adjustment is required, an amended income tax return must be filed. If these steps are avoided, the State Franchise Tax Board will determine if an adjustment is necessary based on the report and in in the case that it is, make the proper adjustments which you will be liable for.

If your business is currently being audited by the BOE, or if an audit has already been conducted and deemed that adjustments are necessary, we always suggest using a tax attorney who will oversee every step of the process. At IRS Audit Group, our experienced tax team make it a priority to deal with each and every case with special care and attention. Call us at 1-888-300-6670 today for a free consultation regarding your state or IRS tax audit.

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The Top 3 Reasons Why the IRS Audits People

The last thing you want to hear from the IRS is that they’re conducting an audit on your taxes. This consists of the IRS carefully reviewing your taxes determine whether all of your income, expenses, and credits are reported accurately. While audits may sometimes be random, they are most typically initiated when there are major red flags in your tax filings. While everyone wants to make sure that they’re not paying more than they should on their taxes, no one should be deceitful when filing their taxes. This can result in major consequences that begins with an audit. In this article, we cover the top three reasons why people end up being audited by the IRS, giving you the inside scoop on what to avoid doing.

1. Reporting Too Many Expenses
There is no doubt that reporting expenses can be tricky, but you have to remember to only report expenses which are necessary for the career field you are in or for performing your job. These are the only types of expenses are eligible for a deduction. A home-office, for example, has expenses such as utilities, maintenance, and even a designated phone-line for the business. However, in order to qualify for this deduction and report these expenses, the home-office must be your principal place of business and not just a place where you sometimes answer calls and respond to emails. In addition to reporting expenses which aren’t essential to your job duties, a huge jump in your expenses from the prior year can also raise a red flag. The bottom line is that all expenses should be justified—if you feel you deserve it, then report it, but nothing more. If you do report a lot of expenses, make sure to track all expenses by keeping good records and receipts.

2. Not Reporting All Income Streams
This is particularly relevant to those who are self-employed, do freelance work, or collect stock dividends. It may be tempting to report only your central stream of income on your W2 and avoid reporting these “nonwage” incomes (as they are referred to as) on your 1099. Do not make this mistake! Most often it is the case that the IRS already knows about these other sources of income considering nearly all companies who pay you report having done so to the IRS. According to data from the IRS, people in higher tax brackets and people who report no income at all are the two groups who are most likely to be audited. Make sure you report all your sources of income to avoid an IRS audit.

3. Math Errors That Don’t Add Up
Whether it’s writing a 6 instead of a 9, leaving off a 0 at the end of a number, or reporting figures that don’t add up, you need to make sure to avoid math errors. While this may seem quite obvious, the number of audits triggered by silly math mistakes are surprisingly high. One of the first things the IRS checks is to see if all of the numbers make sense at a basic level. Even with tax software, this is still a major issue. Make sure that all of the numbers that you transfer from your statements into the software are accurate. We also suggest doing a quick double-check just to avoid any future problems. The extra few minutes of time this requires will ensure that you don’t get selected for an audit due to a silly mistake.

Also, click here to see how far back the IRS can audit.

Following these simple steps can help avoid the IRS choosing you for an audit. However, if it is the unfortunate case that the IRS has chosen to audit you, our team of tax attorneys, CPAs, and tax professionals at IRS Audit Group is here to help. Call us today at 1-888-300-6670 if you have questions or need help, and visit our blog for more helpful guides.

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Guide to Filing an IRS Audit Reconsideration Request – IRS Audit Group in Beverly Hills

Many people may wonder if they qualify for an IRS audit reconsideration. For those that don’t know, an IRS audit reconsideration is when the Internal Revenue Service reassesses the outcome of a previous audit. This is typically something a taxpayer applies for because they believe the IRS has made some sort of mistake in a previous audit.

This can be an audit involving either unpaid taxes, the reversal of a tax credit or really anything else. The Internal Revenue Service decides which audits it will review again. In the guide, we will discuss the circumstance in which you may qualify, the requirements to apply and what the possible outcome could be for you.

How To Qualify This is what the IRS mostly looks for when deciding to reassess an audit; any sort of error in processing on the Internal Revenue Service’s end, an original delinquency return that was filed after a resulting SFR procedure or an assessment made without certain key information considered by the IRS. These are not the only circumstances, but these are the ones that the IRS is most likely to consider.

How To Not Qualify Those that will typically not qualify for the IRS Audit Reconsideration program are anyone who entered into a final decision with the tax court, anyone who applied for a reconsideration request and didn’t provide any more information or anyone who made a compromise under Sec. 7122.

Requirements An IRS audit reconsideration request is definitely something that you want to do and go over with your certified tax accountant. They can help guide you towards the proper process of applying for a reconsideration request. To apply, you will need to submit several different documents. The main one would be a statement of your case.

This statement will detail what you believe needs to be corrected and why. To help improve your case and the chances of the IRS siding with you, you should include any information you have that supports your argument be it bank statements, tax forms and anything else.

Possible Outcome Waiting for an outcome from an IRS audit reconsideration request can sometimes take a while. In some cases, up to seven months. When you do finally get a decision, the IRS will communicate what it’s decision is and why. If you disagree with the Internal Revenue Service’s decisions, you do have the option to meet with the Appeals Office.

For information regarding how you can complete an IRS Audit Reconsideration Request, contact our team at IRS Audit Group in Newport Beach or IRS Audit Group in Beverly Hills. We can assist you with all of your tax needs and guide you through the process so you get the best possible outcome.

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How to Approach Sales Tax Audit – Tips from IRS Audit Group Newport Beach

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To deal with budget shortfalls, state governments revenue agencies continue stepping up their efforts in raising revenue through sales tax audits.

You never ask for it, but you have been selected for and will be notified of a sales tax audit. At that point in time you may get confused – What should you do and what you should not? Most companies are not regularly audited by the state for sales and use tax purposes, so it is unlikely you have previously handled an audit. While the requested lists of records and documents that will be reviewed appear straightforward, there is much more to handling a sales tax audit. There are a lot of potential pitfalls during the interaction with auditors that may occur as you address the questions they typically ask.

Here are a few tips to Manage Your Sales and Use Tax Audit from IRS Audit Group Newport Beach. The best practices as listed below need to be considered in such situation.

Hire an external representative tax expert. IRS Audit Group Newport Beach has a pool of experts specializing in State Sales Tax matter. Once you are identified for audit, it is better to initiate communication with experts. They can discuss the audit process with you, provide some background on various sampling methods, and provide insights on specific industry issues targeted by the state. Also, make them aware of the initial schedules vs. revised schedules.
Ask your tax expert from if it is appropriate to perform a refund study or reverse audit at the same time to identify potential opportunities for refunds. IRS Audit Group Newport Beach can provide immediate solutions to such questions.
Do not engage in contingent fee arrangements on questioned items by the auditor unless you have already made the first pass. Otherwise, you may be paying them on reductions for errors made by the auditor or obvious exempt transactions.
If sales state tax auditors are doing a refund study/reverse audit, their fee should not be based on savings in periods outside the audit period. Their fee should always be based on offsets actually granted by the state. Payment should be made at the end of the audit, or a provision should be included to reverse any offsets not allowed.
A sales tax audit is not an ordinary occurrence. Therefore, you need to invest the proper efforts internally or with external assistance from experts like IRS Audit Group Newport Beach.

Lastly, be ready to play defence. Do not assume all questioned sales and purchases are taxable. Familiarize yourself with the regulations of your state with the help of expert advice from IRS Audit Group Newport Beach. Once you are convinced that questioned item should not be assessed, go ahead and challenge it. Also, understand any sampling techniques employed by the auditor, and be sure samples used are representative of your operations. If you have not experienced a sales tax audit before, and unfamiliar with your state’s regulations, or you have identified significant problem areas in your self-review, you may want to consider engaging a tax advisor to assist in your defence.

IRS Audit Group Newport Beach professionals are knowledgeable and experienced in assisting companies undergoing state sales and use tax audits as well as conducting overpayment reviews. Let IRS Audit Group Newport Beach help you navigate the audit landscape.

 

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