States have recently started to use third party contract auditors to conduct transfer pricing audits of taxpayers. Such audits have resulted in large assessments made pursuant to the states' "discretionary authority." This article, recently published by Kendall Houghton and Maryann Luongo in the IPT's August 2011 Tax Report (see p. 15), discusses the use of third party contract auditors in the transfer pricing arena as well as some of the issues that arise during such audits.