Tax Relief Counsel:

Maryland Tax Audit Attorney

Ramy Shabana provides dedicated legal representation to individuals and businesses facing tax audits in Maryland. Tax Relief Counsel strives to protect our clients’ rights and interests with tailored strategies and advocacy.

Trusted Maryland Tax Audit Lawyer

Trusted Maryland Tax Audit Lawyer

At Tax Relief Counsel, we offer comprehensive support and guidance throughout the audit process. Our personalized approach ensures that we understand the unique circumstances of each client, allowing us to develop personalized strategies to address their specific tax audit issues effectively.

We handle all aspects of the audit, from gathering necessary documentation to representing clients in meetings with tax authorities. Our goal is to alleviate the stress and uncertainty associated with tax audits by providing knowledgeable legal counsel and advocacy.

Whether you’re facing an audit related to income tax, sales tax, business taxes, or any other tax matter in Maryland, you can trust Tax Relief Counsel to be your dedicated advocate, working tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome.

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Understanding Tax Audits in Maryland

Understanding Tax Audits in Maryland

Tax audits in Maryland encompass various types of taxes, including sales and use tax, income tax, property tax, and business taxes. The Comptroller’s Office oversees tax audits and ensures compliance with state tax laws and regulations.

The first kind is a use tax audit. Use tax is imposed on goods purchased from out-of-state vendors where Maryland sales tax was not paid at the time of purchase.

  • Compliance Requirement: Maryland businesses must pay use tax on items purchased from out-of-state suppliers to ensure compliance with state tax laws.
  • Audit Focus: During a use tax audit, the Maryland Comptroller’s Office reviews purchase invoices to verify that Maryland use tax was paid on all applicable items.
  • Potential Errors: Common errors in use tax audits include overlooking out-of-state purchases and failing to accrue and file use tax returns for taxable items.

The second kind is a sales tax audit. Sellers and certain businesses collect Maryland sales tax on taxable items and services sold within the state.

  • Compliance Requirement: Depending on the schedule set by the Comptroller that varies by payment amount, sellers are required to file monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, or annual sales tax returns
  • Audit Focus: Maryland sales tax audits typically cover a three-year period, focusing on a sample period of three to four months to identify errors and discrepancies
  • Audit Documentation: Auditors may request bank statements, invoices, sales receipts, and other documents to verify reported tax liabilities

Working with Tax Relief Counsel can help you mitigate risks and achieve favorable audit outcomes for any type of audit.

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Tax Audit Process

The process of a Maryland tax audit typically involves several key steps:


The taxpayer receives a notice from the Comptroller of Maryland informing them that their tax return has been selected for audit. This notice typically outlines the scope of the audit, requested documentation, and instructions for scheduling meetings or providing information.

Document Submission

The taxpayer is required to gather and submit relevant documentation to support the information reported on their tax return. This may include income statements, expense receipts, bank statements, invoices, and other financial records.

Examination and Interviews

Auditors from the Comptroller’s Office review the submitted documents and may conduct interviews with the taxpayer or their representatives to gather additional information or clarify discrepancies.

Analysis and Findings

The auditors analyze the information provided and compare it to the taxpayer’s reported income, deductions, credits, and other tax-related items. They may identify errors, discrepancies, or areas of concern during this process.

Adjustments and Recommendations

Based on their findings, the auditors may propose adjustments to the taxpayer’s tax liability. These adjustments may involve additional taxes owed, refunds due, or changes to tax credits or deductions.

Final Report

Once the audit is complete, the Comptroller’s Office issues a final report detailing their findings, adjustments, and recommendations. This report outlines any changes to the taxpayer’s tax liability and may include instructions for resolving outstanding issues.


The taxpayer has the opportunity to review the audit findings and respond accordingly. They may agree with the proposed adjustments and pay any additional taxes owed, or they may choose to appeal the findings if they believe they are incorrect or unjustified.

What Happens If I Disagree with the Findings of a Maryland Tax Audit?

What Happens If I Disagree with the Findings of a Maryland Tax Audit?

If you disagree with the findings of a Maryland tax audit, you have the right to appeal the assessment. Within 30 days of receiving the notice of assessment, you can file an appeal for an informal hearing with the Comptroller of Maryland.

What Is an Informal Hearing?

During an informal hearing, you or your representative will meet with a hearing officer assigned by the Comptroller. The purpose of the hearing is to present evidence and arguments to show why you believe the tax assessment is incorrect. 

You can introduce documents and witnesses, and the hearing officer may issue subpoenas for additional records or witnesses if needed. The hearing officer will review all provided documentation and evidence. This type of hearing typically lasts between one and three hours.

After the hearing, if a settlement is not reached, the hearing officer will issue a notice of final determination summarizing the adjustments made to your taxes. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you can appeal to the Maryland Tax Court for a de novo review within 30 days of receiving the notice of final determination. 

Your tax attorney can guide you through this process and represent your interests every step of the way.

How Can Our Tax Audit Lawyer Help You?

Ramy Shabana is prepared to put his experience with state, federal, and offshore tax matters to use in your case. As your skilled tax audit lawyer, he offers tailored assistance with:

  • Pre-Audit Compliance Review

    Thoroughly assess your records and operations to ensure compliance and readiness for the audi

  • Pre-Audit Tax Minimization

    Provide solutions to recover missing documents and develop strategies to minimize exposure periods

  • Legal Audit Representation

    Guide you through the audit process, minimizing disruption to your life and business operations

  • Audit Analytics

    Use advanced analytics to challenge revenue assumptions and identify opportunities for reducing assessments
  • Penalty and Interest Abatement

    Proactively seek to minimize penalties and interest through strategic requests and exploration of offsets

  • Appeal

    Assist you in appealing audit findings, ensuring your rights are protected, and advocating for a fair resolution

Whether your tax audit is domestic or international, you can trust our experience to mitigate your risk throughout the process.


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Tax Relief Counsel?

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What steps should i take if i receive notice of a Maryland tax audit?

Upon receiving a notice of a Maryland tax audit, it’s crucial to take prompt action. First, carefully review the notice to understand the audit scope and timeframe. Next, gather all relevant financial records and documentation requested in the notice. 

Consider seeking professional assistance from a tax attorney experienced in Maryland tax audits to guide you through the process. Respond to the audit notice within the specified timeframe and cooperate fully with auditors while protecting your rights.

Is there a statute of limitations for Maryland tax audits?

Yes, there is a statute of limitations for Maryland tax audits. Generally, the Maryland Comptroller’s Office has three years from the date of filing or the due date of the return (whichever is later) to initiate an audit. 

However, certain circumstances, such as fraud or failure to file a return, may extend this limitation period. It’s essential to consult with a tax professional familiar with Maryland tax laws to understand how the statute of limitations applies to your specific situation.

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