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Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.5 hours

Recorded DateMay 14, 2014
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaTaxes (Sales Tax)
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Learn what to expect during an audit from the initial letter requesting books and records to the final stage of the appeals process. In this course we’ll discuss the audit process in general, alternative audit procedures, mark-ups, bank deposits, sampling methods, record-keeping requirements, application of penalties, audit working-papers, computerized audits, and appeals procedures. This webinar is idea for Tax Directors and Managers, Controllers, and outside accountants.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the requirements for maintaining records that are considered “adequate for sales and use tax purposes”, responding to demands to furnish those records when requested by Board of Equalization staff, and the potential consequences for failure to properly maintain or furnish records

  • Understand who bears the burden of proof and the presumptions that auditors may rely upon

  • Learn the normal procedures that auditors may use to complete the audit process and under what circumstances they may deviate from those procedures and use “alternative” methods

  • Understand your rights as a taxpayer during the audit and appeals process, what actions Board auditors can and cannot take during the audit process, and the role of the Taxpayer’s Rights Advocate (TRA)

  • Understand the basics of how the appeals process works including: how to prepare for an appeals hearing, the 30-day requirement to petition a Notice of Determination (Billing), settlement and offer-in-compromise (OIC) procedures, the hearing with the Members of the Board of Equalization

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Marc Brandeis, CPA

Brandeis & Associates
Sales Tax Consultant
(714) 801-1938


Marc Brandeis began his career as a Tax Auditor with the California State Board of Equalization in their Santa Ana district office in 1999. During that time, he audited businesses in a variety of industries to ensure their compliance with sales and use tax laws and regulations. In 2005, after receiving a promotion toSenior Tax Auditor he left state service to work as a consultant in a "big 4" public accounting firm. In 2007, Marc founded Brandeis & Associates, a sales & use tax specialty consulting firm committed to leveraging our experience in sales tax laws, regulations, and audit procedures to solving your most complex sales and use tax problems.

About Our Presenter

Brandeis & Associates is a specialty sales and use tax consulting firm committed to providing quality professional services at affordable rates. Our firm only uses consulting professionals with prior state tax auditor and "Big 4" public accounting experience. A professional with that degree of experience can offset the enormous advantage that the state auditor has over the taxpayer with regards to knowledge of laws, regulations and audit procedures and policies. Most states, including California, are suffering under enormous budget deficits and as a result, are using aggressive tactics to raise revenue. State auditors and collectors do not care how their demands for records impose a significant burden on a business's accounting staff. In fact, a business that fails to respond timely to an auditor's demands may be hit with unreasonable assessments which include tax, penalty, and interest on disputed amounts. Our consultants will level the playing field to your advantage. At Brandeis & Associates we only provide sales and use tax consulting services. That's why attorneys, CPA's, enrolled agents, and other tax and accounting professionals leverage our experience to supplement the services they provide to their clients.