BATON ROUGE – A new forum for audit dispute resolution is available to Louisiana taxpayers beginning July 1, 2010, the Louisiana Department of Revenue announced Monday.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:
- When a proposed tax assessment is issued but before formal assessments, APB will have control of the audit-protest process;
- Taxpayers wishing to dispute an assessment must file a protest with APB;
- APB determines the facts, identifies unresolved issues and renders a written determination.