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Sales and use tax penalties can be substantial for many companies. In addition, a failure to implement the right tax plan may result in substantial risks to your organization’s internal controls and, possibly, result in material weaknesses during your sales tax audit.

Armanino’s sales and use tax specialists know the complexities associated with multistate sales and use tax compliance. We have the practical experience and technical knowledge to understand how these laws apply to companies in different locations and industries—especially SaaS and technology.

Whether you want to outsource the expertise, automate your process with proven technology solutions or supplement your internal team, we have the resources and capabilities to address all of your sales and use tax needs.


If you’re a high-growth, $20 million+ revenue organization, it’s time you started looking at your sales and use tax strategy. Armanino’s sales & use tax compliance and strategy consulting team can work with you to ensure your company is truly compliant with the latest sales and use tax requirements. Our services include:

  • Multistate sales and use tax return preparation
  • Evaluation and design of sales and use tax procedures and controls
  • Evaluation of company’s product offering
    • Product taxability reviews
    • Taxability matrix preparation
  • Determine taxability
  • Calculate prior period liability
  • Settle liability with states
  • Set up ongoing compliance structure
  • M&A and other transaction advisory services (e.g., record liability, access to escrow, etc.)
  • Pre- and post-IPO sales and use tax consulting (e.g., record and clean up)



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