The objective of an audit is to verify that you have correctly reported the tax or fees on your returns. In a sales tax audit, for example, the auditor wants to determine the following about the returns that you filed:

* Have you reported all gross receipts from sales of tangible personal property and taxable labor and service?

* Have you reported the cost of all business equipment and supplies that you purchased without tax either from out-of-state vendors or for resale?

* Did you properly apply tax to your sales and uses of tangible personal property?

The auditor's goal is to answer these questions as accurately as possible in the minimum amount of time.