What state are you in?
Do they include some Privacy Act wording or warning?
What agency is this?
Do you have a sales tax certificate?
Do you collect sales taxes?
Do you have counsel?
Do you have a retainer with someone for legal work?
Do you ahve a paralegal?
What business are you in?
What legal authority do they claim, or cite?
Is there any authority for the time period? 5 strikes me as rather
long, and 3 is the requirement for 1040s to be held for natural
persons, I don't recall about businesses. I don't know your state laws.
What does the statute say is required to be kept?
What authority do they cite for wanting ALL instead of PERTINENT or
Is this accusing you of not PAYING sales taxes, or of not
COLLECTING??? It seems overly broad to me. Take the case of
Merchandise Purchases. If you say you sold 1000 widgets in a given
year, they would like to see records of widgets purchased, to
ascertain your number IN. They want to see if you have sold 5000, and
not paid collected taxes on 4000.
On the other hand if you are not retail, or collecting a tax on your
sales, they would have no right to that if it is not related to sales
The line above merchandise is assets.
That would be records that you paid sales taxes on your desks, or real
estate, perhaps. Do they have authority to that? Is it even your
responsibility to pay a sales tax on an asset if an office supply
store does not collect on the desk?
As to the accounting, are they entitled to every check, book, journal,
or other record?
Lastly, what authority do they cite for phone records?
Phone records in a sales tax audit?? What relevance is that?
--- In email@example.com, pireleif88@a... wrote:
> Help what do I do?
> I have been targeted for a sales tax audit for the last 5 years.
> seeking copies of taxpayers records - all books and records to the
sales and use
> tax liability, then go on further to enumerate they want copies of;
> all bank statements,
> general ledgers,
> canceled checks for entire audit period,
> federal income tax returns (1120 or 1065 or 1040),
> general ledger,
> sales invoices,
> all exemption certificates,
> asset purchases invoices,
> merchandise purchase invoices,
> bank statements for entire audit period,
> canceled checks
> cash reciepts,
> cash disbursement
> copy of phone bills for audit period