Wis. Admin. Code Department of Transportation § Trans 152.13 - Audits and assessments

Current through March 28, 2022

(1) AUDIT. The department may conduct such audits that it deems necessary to determine the adequacy of the taxes or fees paid under this chapter. All records described in this chapter shall be made available to the department at its request.
(2) AUDITOR EXPENSES. If the records of an applicant, a licensee or a registrant are not made available to the department in Wisconsin, the department shall require the applicant, licensee or registrant to reimburse the department for actual and necessary expenses plus wages pursuant to the appropriate state compensation plan or applicable labor agreement. The actual and necessary expenses charged include the following:
(a) Travel expenses.
(b) Meal expenses.
(c) Lodging expenses.
(d) Telephone expenses.
(e) Copying and data processing expenses.
(3) ASSESSMENTS.
(a) The department may, by field or office audit, determine the fuel use tax or registration fees to be paid or refunded to any person. The determination may be made on the basis of facts contained in the reports or upon any other information in the department's possession. The determination may be made on the basis of sampling, whether or not the person being audited has complete records of transactions and whether or not the person being audited consents. The department may examine and inspect books, records, memoranda and property of any person in order to verify the tax liability of that person or another person. The department may subpoena any person to give testimony under oath before it and to produce whatever books, records or memoranda are necessary in order to enable the department to verify the tax liability of that person or another person. The determination by the department shall be presumed to be correct. If that determination is challenged, the burden of proving its invalidity shall be on the person challenging it.
(b) If any person fails to make records available upon proper request or if any person fails to maintain records from which the true liability may be determined, the department may assess a tax or registration fee based upon the department's estimation of the tax or registration fee liability. The department may make an estimate from information previously furnished by the person, if available, may make an estimate based upon 4 miles per gallon, and any other pertinent information that may be available to the department. The assessment made by the department pursuant to this procedure shall be presumed to be correct, and in any case where the validity of the assessment is drawn in question, the burden shall be on the person to establish by a fair preponderance of evidence that the assessment is erroneous or excessive.
(c) In the event that a person fails, neglects or refuses to file a tax report when due, the department shall, on the basis of the best information available to it, determine the tax or fee liability and shall, after adding the appropriate penalties and interest, serve the assessment upon the person in the same manner as an audit assessment.
(4) NOTICE OF ACTION. The department shall notify the licensee or other person audited in writing of the notice of action of any audit they perform. The department may issue a proposed notice of action to a licensee or other person audited before issuing the notice of action.

Notes

Wis. Admin. Code Department of Transportation § Trans 152.13
Cr. Register, August, 1993, No. 452, eff. 9-1-93; renum. from Trans 152.08 and am. (1), (2) (intro.), (3), Register, May, 1997, No. 497, eff. 6-1-97.

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