Why am I Being Audited?

You just received notification that your business has been selected for a Texas Comptroller state tax examination. Unless you have been through the audit process before, you probably have lots of questions and concerns. Of course one of the first questions most business owners ask is, “Why my business?” Although it’s common to think you did something wrong, this usually isn’t the case. However, if you have been selected for audit, Texas Tax Group has a team of 15 former Texas Comptroller State Tax Auditors who can help you save time and money. (more…)

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REMINDER – It’s Time to Renew Cigarette/Tobacco Non-Retailer Permits

Current cigarette and tobacco products non-retailer permits expire Feb. 28, 2013.

Renewal packets with preprinted applications were recently mailed to all cigarette, cigar and/or tobacco products manufacturers, importers, distributors, bonded agents and wholesalers for renewing their cigarette and tobacco products non-retailer permits for March 1, 2013, through Feb. 28, 2014.

Non-retailers should review the preprinted information, make any corrections and return all pages of the packet (and any other documentation) with the applicable permit fee to our office by the date printed on the application form.

Returning the renewal packet and application fee by the return date will allow enough time for us to process the renewal before the current permit expires.

*Originally published in Tax Policy News; a monthly newsletter about Texas tax policy at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpnw/tpn2013/tpn1301.html#issue3.

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Muslim Al-Musawi, 55, of Arlington

Muslim Al-Musawi, 55, of Arlington, was found guilty by a Travis County jury of seven counts of cigarette and tobacco tax fraud. Al-Musawi was accused in two indictments of failing to maintain books and records relating to cigarette and tobacco purchases, possessing unstamped cigarettes, possessing tobacco products with more than $50 in tax due, and failing to produce records to the Comptroller as required by Chapter 154 of the Tax Code. The offenses were alleged to have occurred in September 2009 and February 2010. The cases, filed as cause numbers D1DC12-904045 and -46, were prosecuted in Travis County. On June 28th, Al-Musawi was sentenced by the court to 4 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for six years, on each count, to run concurrently. Al-Musawi was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service on each count, fined $5,000, and ordered to pay $1,800 combined restitution to the Comptroller of Public Accounts.

*Originally published at http://www.window.state.tx.us/about/cid/case_news.html

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