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Louisiana Department of Revenue announces Audit Protest Bureau for dispute resolution

June 28, 2010

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:

  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.

APB will begin hearing sales tax audit assessment protests on July 1, 2010. The bureau will begin hearing income tax audit protests on January 5, 2011. Until then, income protests will continue to go before the LDR Field Audit Services Division.

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