As your company grows and expands its sales footprint, the chances of being audited by a state taxing entity increase significantly. While sales tax audits in a business are fairly routine, they can still divert significant time and resources from a company’s normal daily activities. So, most of us would rather not have to deal with an audit, or if one is imminent, we’d like to get it handled as quickly and efficiently as possible. This course will focus on some sales and use tax basics like taxable presence (nexus), qualified exemptions, and sourcing of sales. We will also focus on acceptable documentation and things that companies can do today to mitigate both the chance of audit, and/or reduce the length of an audit. Finally, we’ll talk about tips in dealing with an audit, what a “typical” process might look like, and how to navigate the audit and communicate with the auditor.
Monika founded Miles Consulting Group in 2002. The firm focuses on multi-state tax consulting—helping clients navigate state tax issues such as sales tax and income tax in interstate commerce, including e-commerce. For instance, Monika works with technology clients answering questions such as “What are the sales tax ramifications of selling our new widget into the following 15 states?” Prior to forming the firm, Monika worked for over 11 years in Big 4 Public Accounting and 1 year in industry. Monika has provided such services as federal and state income/franchise tax compliance and consulting, sales/use tax consulting, audit support, and credits and incentives reviews. She has served clients in a variety of industries. Monika graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a BBA in Accounting/Finance and has a Masters in Taxation from San Jose State University. Her professional affiliations include the AICPA, CalCPA, Texas Society of CPAs, NAWBO-Silicon Valley, and the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, where she has served in many capacities, including National President (2011/2012). Monika has served as a speaker for various organizations such as the AFWA, Financial Women’s Association - San Francisco, San Jose State University, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Beta Alpha Psi (regional and national conferences), as well as providing customized training for CPA firms and technical webinars. Monika is honored to be recognized nationally as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor from 2012 through 2015 and as a 2014 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Monika’s passion is participating annually in fundraising for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.” She has volunteered for the event for 17 years (since its inception in the Bay Area), raising almost $200,000 during that time. Finally, in addition to multistate work, Monika recently launched her "Jumpstart Your Rainmaking" programs. Jumpstart helps professionals who sell their services put an actionable plan around building relationships which lead to business. Her mix of webinars, group training and coaching help create a plan for professionals at all levels.
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