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Manage your Sales and Use Tax Burden with a Reverse Audit

09/15/2017  |  By: Brian McCuller, JD, CPA, Shareholder, Practice Leader Tax


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A sales and use tax "reverse audit" can help you maximize tax exemptions and incentives. While similar to a taxing jurisdiction's audit, the purpose of a reverse audit is to identify and recover tax overpayments remitted to suppliers or paid directly to the taxing authority. A sales and use tax audit performed by a governmental taxing jurisdiction is specifically designed to identify and assess for tax underpayments. 

Why Perform a Reverse Audit?

  • Sales and Use tax laws are different in every state and continually changing.
  • Sales/Use tax audits performed by taxing authorities are “one-sided” with little to no regard for tax incorrectly overpaid.
  • Uncover costly mistakes made by vendors or within accounting systems; recover that capital and put it to work for you.
  • Stop and/or minimize loss of recovery opportunities via statutes of limitations.


  • SALT Expertise:  Dedicated state and local tax practice with over 45 years of collective experience working for the Department of Revenue.
  • SALT Expertise:  Dedicated state and local tax practice with over 100 years of collective experience in state and local taxation.
  • SALT Expertise:  Complete performance and management of all processes, start to finish.  
  • Value Proposition:  Client has final approval of any and all filings.
  • Value Proposition:  In most cases, LBMC performs services on a success fee basis.  LBMC does not get paid until you get paid!

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