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Most auditors are courteous, professional and often even friendly. Please don’t make the mistake that because the auditor treats you nicely that he or she is your new best friend. Not many auditors will admit it, but their performance is often rated by RRBA (Revenue Raised by Audit). To get a better performance evaluation, better pay or a promotion, auditors understand that their primary goal should be to issue a substantial sales and use tax assessment. Add to that the underlying perception of some sales tax auditors (thankfully not all auditors share this view) that businesses routinely cheat, or at least intentionally try to skirt the sales tax law, and you can end up with a recipe for disaster. Many audits presume you to be guilty and work to determine how guilty and how much you owe. This is contrary to Due Process standards which imply that you are innocent until proven guilty. Additionally, should an instance where you erroneously overpaid tax come to light, some, but by no means all, auditors will quietly move on to the next transaction.
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Pursuant to IRS circular 230, this document is to be considered other written advice. The information in this publication is accurate as of the time of its publication. State and local taxes are constantly changing and AG Tax assumes no responsibility for changes to tax legislation subsequent to the publication of this document. Readers are urged to work with their tax advisor to ensure that any tax planning decisions are made in consideration of current tax legislation available. This document was not written to be used, and it cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding any federal, state or local tax penalties that may be imposed upon a taxpayer.