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Preparing for a Sales Tax Voluntary Disclosure Program: Best Practices and Strategies

  • Voluntary disclosure programs are important for businesses dealing with tax non-compliance.
  • Each state has its own process for engaging in these programs.
  • Non-compliance can lead to audits, financial penalties, legal actions, reputational damage, and loss of business opportunities.
  • Participating in voluntary disclosure programs can result in penalty reductions, limited lookback periods, avoidance of legal actions, and reputation preservation.
  • Steps for effective preparation include recognizing potential tax liabilities, assessing the likelihood of detection, collecting relevant documents, organizing them, conducting internal audits, resolving gaps or inconsistencies, and establishing a timeline.
  • Voluntary disclosure programs allow businesses to rectify tax liabilities or non-compliance issues willingly while receiving benefits such as limited lookback periods and reduced penalties.


Note that this post was (partially) written with the help of AI. It is always useful to review the original source material, and where needed to obtain (local) advice from a specialist.


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