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SERVICES OFFERED

Auditing

Business Personal Property

Tax Audits can include:

  • Verification of exempt property
  • Real vs. personal verification
  • Detailed analysis of assets
  • Thorough review of financial statements
  • Physical walk-thru of facilities when needed
  • Physical inspection of specific assets
  • Obsolescence Reviews (performed with or without an audit)

We audit Business Personal Property tax listings to verify they are being listed in accordance with the North Carolina General Statutes and County instructions. Through comprehensive audit practices, which include validating information given to us by taxpayers for the review, we conduct audits that “leaves no stone unturned”. We work diligently with the tax office and the taxpayer to make sure the listings are audited in a professional & ethical manner to achieve an accurate listing for the future.

Gross Receipts

Occupancy Tax

For those establishments required to list Room Occupancy Tax, we examine gross receipt information from the taxpayer and compare it to the amounts listed and taxed by the listing jurisdiction to verify the monthly listings are being accurately filed. We have a professional on staff with a background in the financial end of the hotel/motel industry that gives us extra insight as to the workings of Room Occupancy Tax.

Food & Beverage Tax

We assist Counties in verifying the accuracy of the Food & Beverage tax listings received by those businesses that are required to file. Gross Receipts documents are examined from the taxpayer and compared to the listings filed and taxed to determine if the proper amount has been paid.

Our services assist the county in ensuring all business taxpayers in the county are listing properly and will help the county promote equity among taxpayers and ultimately increase the county’s tax base. The success of our auditing programs has come from performing in-depth, thorough audits, and researching every aspect of each audit. This approach results in a higher percentage of discoveries and increased revenue for each county.

Counties work with CTSI because of the advantages we offer. Our professional, ethical and committed team conducts complete, thorough audits with a personal, down-to-earth touch. Working under the direction of the Tax Administrator/Tax Assessor, we represent each county well by upholding high standards of business ethics and by maintaining a commitment to complete, accurate and fair audits.


CTSI Audit Methodology

  • Identifying all taxable assets and their costs
  • Place findings in a report to county officials for approval
  • Allow our client to make decisions or recommendations concerning inclusion and taxability of any questionable assets
  • Follow NC Statutes that maintain all property is taxable unless specifically exempted by statute
  • Follow NC Session Laws & guidelines set forth by the DOR and County policies and procedures
  • Strive to complete audits as accurately and thoroughly as possible
  • Documentation provided for all audits
  • Complete and thorough audits for large and small taxpayers
  • Support and assistance (follow up meetings with County and/or taxpayer, appeals, etc.)


Due to our commitment to perform a thorough audit we also include expert staff witnesses to support the appeals process. If a taxpayer does appeal a discovery that we have prepared for you, we will stand by our work and be available to attend, at your request, any hearings or conferences necessary to help resolve the issues.

CTSI finds additional revenue to help increase tax base

  • Average Discovery Rate of 68%
  • We have discovered over $4,500,000,000 in additional tax value
  • Approximately 7,046 audits
  • Average discovery of over $638,000 in tax value per audit

WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT:

  • Each assignment is handled with professional courtesy
  • Maintaining an open and informative relationship with our client
  • Educate taxpayers in proper listing methods
  • Guide taxpayers to utilize audit information to correct future listings
  • Take responsibility for all aspects of the audit
  • Quality of work placed in each audit


On-Line Listing Services

Each year, counties work in overdrive to open mail, process extension requests and key in business personal property listings. CTSI’s custom online listing system allows taxpayers to key in their own business personal property information, which is then uploaded directly into the county’s existing database.

  • Free access for taxpayers
  • Secure databases
  • Automatic upload into existing county database

Benefits for Counties

Save time processing paperwork and data entry
Reduce keying errors which increases accuracy
Input values quicker for more efficiency
Prelisted online listings increase accuracy year to year

Benefits for Taxpayers & CPA/Accountants:

Navigate online listing with ease
Receive automatic confirmation of listings completed and extensions filed
Save time and increase accuracy with prelisted online listings
Personalize a database of clients within the system
Enter multiple extension requests simultaneously

Diagnostic Revenue Specialists (DRs)

Tax collection offices need the best business practices for efficiency, equality and accuracy; your local government relies on your work to fund local government programs and projects. County Tax Services, Inc. (CTSI) is the consultant NC counties and towns trust to achieve these goals in a cost-effective manner. Our seasoned collection professionals, or Diagnostic Revenue Specialists (DRs), are available to observe and analyze daily office operations and present clear, concise suggestions and strategies for enhanced revenue and streamlined practices. We can also discuss the best options for your tax office concerning a specific issue or case.

shutterstock_136653683CTSI will empower your staff by providing thorough training and support in proven collection techniques that will optimize your revenue collection practices. By analyzing your specific needs, resources and goals, our team will develop a modified framework your staff can implement to ensure fair and equitable taxation of citizens while increasing your tax base.

DRs Consulting Services are available at your convenience for an on-site, overall analysis of daily office operations or for one-time advice with particular matters or individual cases.

Benefits of Utilizing CTSI’s Consulting Services:

  • Increased Revenue
  • Improved Staff Efficiency
  • Fair & Equitable Taxation

CTSI is the full service auditing & consulting company for all of your tax office’s needs. Now, our DRs offer collection consulting in addition to our other menu of options, such as assistance with business personal property, gross receipts (occupancy tax and food & beverage) audits, discovery of unlisted taxpayers, obsolescence reviews and online listing systems. Our professional staff is committed to providing accurate, thorough and ethical services.

  • Efficient Collection
  • Increase Revenue
  • Fair & Equitable Taxation

Tax collection offices need the best business practices for efficiency, equality and accuracy; your local government relies on your work to fund local government programs and projects.   County Tax Services, Inc. (CTSI) is the consultant NC counties and towns trust to achieve these goals in a cost-effective manner.  Our seasoned collection professionals, or Diagnostic Revenue Specialists (DRs), are available to observe and analyze daily office operations and present clear, concise suggestions and strategies for enhanced revenue and streamlined practices.  We can also discuss the best options for your tax office concerning a specific issue or case.

CTSI will empower your staff by providing thorough training and support in proven collection techniques that will optimize your revenue collection practices.  By analyzing your specific needs, resources and goals, our team will develop a modified framework your staff can implement, to ensure fair and equitable taxation of citizens while increasing your tax base.

DRs Consulting Services are available at your convenience for an on-site, overall analysis of daily office operations or for one-time advice with particular matters or individual cases.

We work closely with you and carry out research to understand your needs and wishes.