LDR Audit Protest Bureau is now accepting audit protests of all tax types

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue’s Audit Protest Bureau (APB) has expanded the list of taxes it will consider.

Effective February 15, 2011 APB will begin accepting audit protests of all tax types.

APB is an independent unit of the Department of Revenue staffed and managed by tax administration experts trained in dispute resolution.  APB’s mission is to resolve tax-audit disputes as an alternative to immediate litigation. 

Any taxpayer who wishes to dispute a proposed assessment issued as the result of an audit must file a written protest with APB within 30 days of the date of assessment.  The protest petition form is available online at http://ldr.ritetrack.net/.

More information about the Audit Protest Bureau is available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/auditprotest.

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LDR News Release – Audit Protest Bureau petition is now available online

BATON ROUGE – Taxpayers who wish to protest proposed audit assessments from the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) can do so with a fast, convenient, easy-to-use online petition form, the LDR Audit Protest Bureau announced Friday

“The online petition form makes it easy for taxpayers to submit protests and request status updates,” said APB director Monica Washington. 

The Audit Protest Bureau is an independent unit of the Department of Revenue that provides a forum for taxpayers and LDR to resolve tax audit assessments, preferably without resorting to litigation. 

The online petition form is available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/auditprotest.

For more information, contact:

Audit Protest Bureau

Louisiana Department of Revenue

225.219.1641

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Report: ‘New Louisiana Department of Revenue unit will help taxpayers resolve disputes over audits’

Sunday’s Times-Picayune contained an excellent report about LDR’s Audit Protest Bureau:

The Louisiana Department of Revenue has established an independent unit that will work with taxpayers to resolve disputes over audits.

The Audit Protest Bureau was set up to give taxpayers who are in the early stages of disputing an audit an impartial means of resolution and an alternative to the court system. The bureau, which is managed by tax experts who are professionally trained in dispute resolution, reports directly to the secretary of Revenue.

“This is a more efficient way to do business,” Earl Millet Jr., deputy secretary of revenue, told a group of accountants meeting in Kenner this week. “This will save taxpayers from going to court.”

Click here to read the full story.

Visit revenue.louisiana.gov/auditprotest to learn more about the Audit Protest Bureau.

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LDR announces Audit Protest Bureau for dispute resolution

A new forum for audit dispute resolution is available to Louisiana taxpayers beginning July 1, 2010, the Louisiana Department of Revenue announced Thursday.

The Audit Protest Bureau (APB) is an independent unit of the Department of Revenue staffed and managed by legal and tax administration experts who are trained in dispute resolution.  APB staff will work with the parties to resolve audit protests in a timely manner.

“APB’s purpose is to resolve tax-related disputes at the earliest opportunity,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges.  “This is the first step in a process to find an equitable solution for both parties without resorting to costly and time-consuming litigation.”

The audit-protest process works in three steps:

  1. When a proposed tax assessment is issued but before formal assessments, APB will have control of the audit-protest process;
  2. Taxpayers wishing to dispute an assessment must file a protest with APB;
  3. APB determines the facts, identifies unresolved issues and renders a written determination.

Any taxpayer who wishes to dispute a tax assessment issued because of an audit must file a written protest with APB within 30 days.  The protest petition form is available effective July 1, 2010, on the Tax Forms page at www.revenue.louisiana.gov.

For more information, please contact:

Audit Protest Bureau

Louisiana Department of Revenue

617 North Third Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

225.219.1641

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