Training Course Syllabus:
Know the Latest Compliance Requirements and Developments
Accounting for sales and use taxes can be one of the most complicated and frustrating tasks accountants and lawyers tackle. States are cracking down on these taxes and yet the laws and definitions are as ambiguous as ever. Interstate and e-commerce sales are the norm today, but do you know exactly which transactions require taxing and reporting to the Department of Revenue and IRS? Don't just hope your clients stay under the government's radar; proactively ensure you are complying with the myriad of regulations. This seminar will bring you up to date on best practices when accounting for sales and use tax. Learn how to decipher whether or not a business has nexus in a state and identify what products and sales are exempt from sales tax; legally report tax information and resolve tax disputes. Back taxes and penalties can be costly for any business - don't leave your clients liable. Register today!
- Understand the latest federal and state developments regarding sales and use tax enforcement.
- Review how interstate and e-commerce sales have complicated reporting requirements.
- Be able to confidently identify when your business has nexus in a state.
- Review how physical presence and economic presence can impact your taxes.
- Know the unique filing requirements for your state.
- Avoid common record-keeping errors that can be costly for your business to remedy.
- Recognize why and how to claim tax exemptions.
- Avoid expensive penalties or criminal charges associated with default or fraudulent reporting.
- Understand how large sales or transfers of businesses can impact your taxes.
- Reviewing Recent Developments
8:30 - 10:00, Written by Edward S. Kisscorni. Presented by Edward S. Kisscorni in Grand Rapids and Andrew Harris in Southfield.
- Constitutional Basis for Impositions of Sales/Use Tax, State/Federal
- The Streamlined Sales Tax Project
- The Marketplace Fairness Act
- How to Keep Up With Changing Obligations
- Clarifying Nexus Confusion
10:15 - 11:10, Written by Andrew Harris. Presented by David Barrons in Grand Rapids and Andrew Harris in Southfield.
- State Statute, Regulations or Case Law
- "Red Herrings" in the Sales/Use Tax Nexus Analysis
- Quill Corp. v. North Dakota Interpretations
- Geoffrey, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue Analysis
- Constitutional Issues Affecting Nexus
- Judicial Interpretations of "Solicitation"
- Statutory vs. Constitutional Nexus Clarified
- Economic Presence vs. Physical Presence
- Independent Contractors Issues
- Nexus Checklist
- Complying With and Enforcing Sales and Use Tax
11:10 - 12:10, Written by Ronald J. Kaley. Presented by Ronald J. Kaley in Grand Rapids and Joseph Pia in Southfield.
- Forms, Applications and Certificates
- Filing Requirements
- Pitfalls in Recordkeeping and Documentation
- Ruling Requests
- Offers in Compromise
- Taxpayer's Bill of Rights
- Identifying Tax Exemptions, Deductions, Credits and Incentives
1:10 - 2:10, Written by Ronald J. Kaley. Presented by Ronald J. Kaley in Grand Rapids and Jeremy R. Cnudde in Southfield.
- Tax Incentives
- Understanding Select Core Industry Issues and Considerations
2:10 - 3:05, Written by David Barrons. Presented by David Barrons in Grand Rapids and Joseph Pia in Southfield.
- Professional Services
- Research and Development
- Transferring a Business or Assets
- Resolving Sales and Use Tax Disputes
3:20 - 4:20, Written by Wayne D. Roberts. Presented by Wayne D. Roberts in Grand Rapids and Joseph Pia in Southfield.
- Administrative Review and Appeals
- Audit Procedures and Managed Audits
- Penalties and Pre-Assessment Interest
- Criminal Penalties
- Remission of Penalties
- Dealing with Aggressive Collection Activity
- Payments Under Protest
- Answering Your Real World Questions - Q&A Session
4:20 - 4:40, Presented by the Faculty.