Zip2Tax badges provide assurance

Zip2Tax badges

assurance Zip2Tax badges

Zip2Tax badges

Zip2Tax stands behind its data and we want your customers to feel confident in the sales tax rates they see in your shopping cart or application.

Just go to our badges page and download the Zip2Tax badge that fits your style the best.

Proudly post one of Zip2Tax’s badges on your web site and you’ll be able to assure both customers and auditors that you are in compliance with state sales tax laws.

Steps to help you survive an audit

survive an audit

survive an audit

States have been under enormous pressure to balance budgets without raising taxes. With so many Americans still unemployed or under-employed, states are bringing in reduced sales and income tax revenues while being asked to provide expanded social services. As a result, states have been increasing the number of audits they perform and they’re using high-tech methods to examine every penny. Keep in mind that this audit-your-way-to-fiscal-balance-method works very well, but it has made it necessary to hire many new and inexperience auditors. Some of these hires have very  little training and are often learning while on the job. While audits can be somewhat less enjoyable than passing a kidney stone, there are some simple steps you can take to help get you through the pain and survive an audit.

  1. Schedule the audit to begin on a date when you will have adequate manpower available to assist the auditor by providing documentation and answering questions.
  2. Make sure you have a sales tax/accounting manual and that your procedures show regular updates have been occurring.
  3. Review your documentation to make sure it is up to date and orderly, including:
    • Sales figures
    • Accounts payable
    • Exemption certificates
    • Purchases, including out-of-state
    • Ledgers, journals, and adjustments
    • Filed returns
    • Credits and claims for refunds
  4. Treat the auditor as a professional with appropriate courtesy. Provide them with adequate working conditions.
  5. Be consistent with your answers. Do NOT lie.
  6. Convince the auditor that you are confident in your compliance. Keep in mind that you know a lot more about how your business operates than the auditor does.
  7. Watch for overpayments.
  8. Be prepared to get professional help.
  9. Be prepared to negotiate.

Remember, audits are like the holidays -they seem to sneak up on you out of the blue, they create chaos, and you have to spend a lot of time with people you don’t really care for. You’ll get through it, I promise. Just smile, play nice, and stock up on Alka-Seltzer. And when it’s over, if you feel the need for a little passive-aggressive payback, you can always thank your auditor with a nice fruit cake left over from last Christmas.