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Use Tax? What’s That?
I have been consulting Texas Sales and Use Tax for over twenty years and unfortunately, it doesn’t... READ MORE>
Brown Goertz Audit Defense
There are several stages to a Sales and Use Tax audit conducted by the Texas Comptroller.  Your... READ MORE>
Texas Governor Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration
February 12, 2021
Know the Rules On February 12, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration in all 254... READ MORE>
Texas Construction Taxation: Sales & Use Tax Explained
If you are a construction company and/or contractor with Texas activity – and you are trying to... READ MORE>
Government Officials Correct Mistake in Record Time
This week, after only a single prompting by our office, the State of Texas recognized and corrected... READ MORE>
You Need a Strategy for a Proper Sales & Use Tax Audit Defense
Auditors are trained to do audits one way.  In many cases, the way that they’ve been trained... READ MORE>
An Auditor Will Look You Right in The Eye and Tell You NO!
Imagine you are under audit by the Texas Comptroller for sales and use tax.  You have really... READ MORE>
Case Studies Semi-Conductor Manufacturer – Restaurant Chain
Every day we talk to taxpayers who have received their audit bill from the Texas Comptroller who... READ MORE>
Texas Liquor Distributor Gets Fair Sampling – Saves Big
A Texas based liquor, beer and wine distributor discovered that samples are not only important in gaining... READ MORE>
Hurricane Harvey: Texas Governor Abbott Waives State and Local Hotel Occupancy Taxes
At 5:15 p.m. on August 25, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott filed a proclamation with the Texas Secretary... READ MORE>
The Business Risks in Self-Managing a Sales Tax Audit Defense
A sales tax audit is a legal action by the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office. Make no... READ MORE>
Texas Sales Tax Saving Strategy
As a business owner who collects and remits sales tax in Texas, there is a sales tax... READ MORE>
Sales Tax Exemptions As They Apply To Restaurants
Under Texas Tax law, restaurants are considered manufacturers.  The “manufacturing rule”; Texas Tax Code Section 151.318 provides... READ MORE>
Brown Goertz & Co Provides Free Training to TRA Marketplace Attendees
Part of our mission at Brown Goertz & Co is to educate. While we are exhibiting at... READ MORE>
Five Common Misconceptions about Mixed Beverage Tax Audits
Misconception #1:  Ex-auditors make good tax consultants – To be completely blunt, firms like mine are in... READ MORE>
The Elements of a Mixed Beverage Tax Audit
It has been said that Mixed Beverage audits can be compared to a professional boxing match. They... READ MORE>
History Of The Texas Mixed Beverage Tax Audit
Beginning October 2012, the Audit Division of the Comptroller’s Office very quietly and without notice changed their... READ MORE>
Top Eight Issues that Trigger Audits
Issue #1: Resale Certificates – Resale certificates can be a major red flag.  Using them to purchase... READ MORE>
ClearPath Tax Consulting Becomes Brown Goertz & Co
ClearPath Tax Consulting, founded by Susan Goertz in 2015, has grown rapidly thanks to devoted clients and... READ MORE>
4 Steps to Take When Hiring a State Tax Consultant
If you are thinking about hiring a consultant to assist you with your sales and use tax... READ MORE>
Five Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Tax Consultant
Mistake #1:  Choosing a tax consultant simply because they are an ex-state auditor – There is no... READ MORE>
Four Things You Should Know To Prepare For Your Sales And Use Tax Audit
What documents you should have ready for the auditor – The auditor will send you a confirmation... READ MORE>
Five Common Misconceptions About Texas Sales and Use Tax Audits
Misconception #1:  Ex-auditors make good tax consultants – To be completely blunt, firms like mine are in... READ MORE>
What If You Can’t Pay Your Audit Bill
You have several options if you cannot pay your bill.  Don’t worry!  You don’t have to close... READ MORE>
The State Of Texas Audit Process
Step #1: Audit Questionnaire – When an audit is generated, an audit letter and questionnaire are mailed... READ MORE>