Sunday, June 12, 2005

Audit tip: Review the paperwork

A taxpayer in Indiana claimed that he paid Ohio sales tax on a purchase he made in 1995. When he showed the purchase order showing delivery to Ohio, the auditor pointed out that the PO was from 1997. Uh....

I'm guessing that the taxpayer wasn't paying particularly close attention to the paperwork that he was showing to the auditor.

Bottom line: Review every piece of paper going to an auditor to make sure it makes sense and doesn't make you look like complete idiots. And so that the information you're giving the auditor answers the question and doesn't open up another can of worms without you having some warning.

Sales Tax Guy

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