Nowhere to Hide in California - The Statewide Compliance & Outreach Program Team Comes a Knocking

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Better be prepared to review all of your sales and use tax practices with the State of California.  The State Board of Equalization (SBE) just announced that businesses across the state of California, will be receiving letters from the SBE notifying them about upcoming visits from Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP) teams.

This round of drop-ins from the SCOP team will span from Lake Tahoe to the San Francisco Bay Area, and from the coastal cities of Southern California to Lake Perris. The visits are intended to educate retailers about properly reporting sales and use tax, increase compliance with tax laws, and maintain outreach efforts to assure taxpayers that the state’s tax system is fair and equal for all Californians. As such, eight different SCOP teams across California will be conducting door-to-door, in-person visits to any businesses located in these areas, and you can be certain that this is just latest region to be targeted in order to reach the entire state.

If you do business in California (especially in one of these areas), you’d be wise to be ready. Since 2008, SCOP has visited 381,800 businesses and while nearly 98 percent of those businesses were operating with correct permits, some have been caught with underpaying their taxes and fees, which has accounted for more than $2 billion in uncollected taxes.

To help you proactively identify areas of potential risk (before the SCOP team or auditor comes a knocking), the sales tax experts at Avalara are offering a free and confidential sales tax compliance risk assessment for your business. During the assessment we will guide you through a review of your current sales tax compliance efforts (from sales tax calculation and remittance to the management of exemption certificates) and compare it against industry best practices to help you uncover areas of concern.  Contact Us today to schedule your 15 to 30 minute appointment.

Avalara helps to reduce your audit risk with cloud-based sales tax automation services that make it simple to calculate rates, manage exemption certificates, file forms and remit payments. Automation mitigates your risk for non-compliance and saves you time and money by outsourcing the effort (like you may have already done with your payroll taxes).

To learn more about how Avalara can help with your sales tax compliance, please visit the Avalara website or click on the links below:

Sales Tax Automation – The Time Is Now (5 minute video)
Exemption Certificate Management (5 minute video)

For more information and a complete list of zip codes included in the most recent SCOP visits, please take a look at the original press release that was posted by SBE on August 12.

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