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Smith Auditing Services LLC

Tax Consulting

 

Specializing in Washington State Excise Taxes since 1991

Smith Auditing Services (SAS) was founded in 1991 by Ben Smith. We are a consulting
firm that specializes in Washington State excise tax matters. In the 21 plus years since our
founding, we have successfully recovered over $100 million in overpaid taxes for clients.

Generally, we provide two types of services:
(1) Our most common engagement involves a limited, “specific issue” arrangement. This
is often preferred by the clients that we have specifically targeted due to our knowledge of reporting errors being commonly made within an industry.
(2) We also perform full “reverse audit” engagements, which are broader in scope and involve a more complete review of business activities and tax liabilities in Washington. Reverse
audits are often sought by companies that have recently undergone mergers, acquisitions,
or key personnel changes. At such times many companies want to verify that compliance
formats are correct going forward; and that all overpayments relating to past periods are
identified and recovered. In addition to recovering overpayments, we assist in establishing
efficient, legally correct compliance procedures aimed at minimizing future tax liabilities.

Both types of reviews are performed on a contingency fee basis, where the contingency fee
represents the entire compensation to SAS. Thus, our travel and other expenses will always
remain our own responsibility.

We try to make the process as risk-free to our clients as possible. We also try to make the
process as close to “turn key” as possible. We prepare all schedules, petitions, amended
returns, etc. We follow up with the tax authorities to make sure that the process stays on
track. If a Washington auditor is assigned to review a refund claim, we will be present to
work with the auditor to help minimize the time our client’s personnel must spend on a
project.

Our clients always retain control of the process. We do not communicate with tax authorities
without first getting specific permission to do so. If a client chooses not to seek a refund, then
there will be no fee. This is true even if the client chooses to withdraw a claim after it is filed.
We do not earn a fee until a client actually receives a refund or credit.

 
 

Smith Auditing Associates

 

Partner

Ben Smith

Founded SAS in January of 1991. He is now in his 26th year of providing consulting services to private industry. Prior to 1991, Mr. Smith was an auditor for the State of Washington Department of Revenue for nearly 13 years. Most of that time was spent in the out-of-state unit dealing with the unique set of issues confronting those who make sales or deliver services across borders.

 
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Partner

Janaka Jayasekera

Joined Smith Auditing Services in early 2012, following a 22 year career with the State of Washington Department of Revenue. Most of that time was spent as the lead senior auditor stationed in the Southern California Region. During his long career, Mr. Jayasekera has reviewed the business activities and Washington tax liabilities of many of the largest companies in the world.

 

References


Shell Oil Company

P.O. Box 2463 Houston, TX 77210-2463
Contact: Don Fancher
Manager, Indirect Tax
phone: 713-241-2285
email: don.fancher@shell.com


Mazda North America Operations

7755 Irvine Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92718
Contact: Jerry L. Hall
Director: Accounting, Tax & Customs
phone: 949-727-6328
email: jhall@mazdausa.com


Schwans Food Company

115 W. College Dr.
Marshall, MN 56258-1747
Contact: Connie Moen
Tax Manager
phone: 507-537-8752
email:connie.moen@schwans.com


WM Bolthouse Farms, Inc.

7200 E. Brundage Ln.
akersfield, CA 93307-3016
Contact: Brian Donnen
V.P., Controller, Chief Accounting Officer
phone: 661-366-7209
email: bdonnen@bolthouse.com


Harvest Food Products Company

710 Sandoval Way
ayward, CA 94544-7111
Contact: Connie Kha, CEO
or Donne Pulvermacher, Controller
phone: 510-675-0383
email: ckha@harvestfoodproducts.com


Sun Rich Fresh Foods, Inc.

22151 Fraserwood Way
Richmond, BC V6W 1J5
Contact: Stephen Davies
V.P. Finance
phone: 778-296-4684
email: steved@run-rich.com



Nissan North America, Inc.

One Nissan Way, Mail Stop A-8-C
Franklin, TN 37067
Contact: Hailey Kirk
Manager, Sales and Property Tax
phone: 615-725-1716
email: hailey.kirk@nissan-usa.com


British Petroleum

501 Westlake Park Blvd. 
ouston, TX 77079
Contact: Gavin W. Atkinson
Manager, Excise Tax
phone: 281-366-4886
email: atkinsgw@bp.com


J R Simplot Company
 

P.O. Box 27 Boise, ID 83707
Contact: Cindy Enslow-Bennett
Tax Manager
phone: 208-389-7357
email: cindy.bennett@simplot.com


Korean Air Lines LTD

6101 W. Imperial Hwy.,
os Angeles, CA 90045
Contact: Frank Lee
Tax Manager
phone: 310-417-5243
email: jflee@koreanair.com


Palermo Villa, Inc, dba Palermo Pizza

3301 W Canal St.
Milwaukee, WI 53208-4137
Contact: Ross Perry
Assistant Controller
phone: 414-643-0919
email: r.perry@palermospizza


Dietz and Watcon, Inc.

5701 Tacony St
Philadelphia, PA 19135-4311
Contact: Ann Shire
Controller
phone: 215-831-9000   ext 2227



Golden State Foods

18301 Von Karman Ave, Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92612-0133
Contact: Tom Robertson
Tax Director
phone: 949-252-2062
email: trobertson@goldenstatefoods.com


Chevron Corporation

2003 Diamond Blvd.
Concord, CA 94520-5738
Contact: David Retz
Corporate Tax Attorney
phone: 925-827-6395
email: dret@chevron.com


Bernatello's Pizza, Inc.

200 Congress St
Maple Lake, MN 55358
Contact: Duane Ebert
Controller
phone: 320-963-6191
mail: debert@bernatellos.com


Richwood Meat Company, Inc.

2751 N. Sante Fe Dr. Merced, CA 95348
Contact: Diane Inks
Chief Financial Officer
phone: 209-722-8271
email: dianeinks@richwoodmeat.com


Cuizina Food Company LLC

18585 142nd Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Contact: Mike Donovan
Tax Director, JGC Food Company LLC
phone: 503-445-9194
email: mdonovan@harrysfresh.com


Northern Gold Foods Ltd

1725 Coast Meridian Rd
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3T7
Contact: Howard Siemens
Controller
phone: 604-941-0731
mail: howard@northerngold.com