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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC

DIVISION 2. OTHER TAXES [6001 - 61045]

  ( Heading of Division 2 amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 279. )

PART 30. FEE COLLECTION PROCEDURES LAW [55001 - 55381]

  ( Part 30 added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 407, Sec. 1. )

CHAPTER 5. Overpayments and Refunds [55221 - 55281]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 407, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 1. Claim for Refund [55221 - 55226]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 407, Sec. 1. )

55221.
  

(a) If the board determines that any amount of the fee, penalty, or interest has been paid more than once or has been erroneously or illegally collected or computed, the board shall set forth that fact in its records and certify the amount collected in excess of what was legally due and the person from whom it was collected or by whom paid. The excess amount collected or paid shall be credited on any amounts then due from the person from whom the excess amount was collected or by whom it was paid under this part, and the balance shall be refunded to the person, or his or her successors, administrators, or executors.

(b) Any proposed determination by the board that is in excess of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) shall be available as a public record for at least 10 days prior to the effective date of that determination.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 555, Sec. 69. Effective January 1, 1996.)

55221.5.
  

When an amount represented by a feepayer subject to this part to a customer as constituting reimbursement for fees subject to this part is computed upon an amount that is not taxable or is in excess of the fee amount and is actually paid by the customer to the feepayer, the amount so paid shall be returned by the feepayer to the customer upon notification by the State Board of Equalization or the customer that the excess has been ascertained. If the feepayer fails or refuses to do so, the amount so paid, if knowingly or mistakenly computed by the feepayer upon an amount that is not subject to the fee or is in excess of the fee amount, shall be remitted by that feepayer to this state. Those amounts remitted to the state by the feepayer shall be credited by the board on any amounts due and payable from the feepayer which are subject to this part and are based on the same activity, and the balance, if any, shall constitute an obligation due from the feepayer to this state.

(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1087, Sec. 63. Effective January 1, 1997.)

55222.
  

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), no refund shall be approved by the board after three years from the due date of the payment for the period for which the overpayment was made, or, with respect to determinations made under Article 2 (commencing with Section 55061) of Chapter 3, after six months from the date the determinations have become final, or six months from the date of overpayment, whichever period expires later, unless a claim therefor is filed with the board within that period. No credit shall be approved by the board after the expiration of that period, unless a claim for credit is filed with the board within that period or unless the credit relates to a period for which a waiver is given pursuant to Section 55064.

(b) A refund may be approved by the board for any period for which a waiver is given under Section 55064 if a claim therefor is filed with the board before the expiration of the period agreed upon.

(c) Every claim for refund or credit shall be in writing and shall state the specific grounds upon which the claim is founded.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 543, Sec. 53. Effective January 1, 2002.)

55222.1.
  

(a) The limitation period specified in Section 55222 shall be suspended during any period of a person’s life that the person is financially disabled.

(b) (1) For purposes of subdivision (a), a person is financially disabled if the person is unable to manage his or her financial affairs by reason of medically determinable physical or mental impairment of the person which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or ran be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. A person shall not be considered to have an impairment unless proof of the existence thereof is furnished in the form and manner as the board may require.

(2) A person shall not be treated as financially disabled during any period that the person’s spouse or any other person is authorized to act on behalf of the person in financial matters.

(c) This section applies to periods of disability commencing before, on, or after the effective date of the act adding this section, but does not apply to any claim for refund that (without regard to this section) is barred by the operation or rule of law, including res judicata, as of the effective date of the act adding this section.

(Added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1052, Sec. 93. Effective January 1, 2001.)

55222.2.
  

Notwithstanding Section 55222, a refund of an overpayment of any fee, penalty, or interest collected by the board by means of levy, through the use of liens, or by other enforcement procedures, shall be approved if a claim for a refund is filed within three years of the date of an overpayment.

(Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 364, Sec. 33. Effective January 1, 2007.)

55222.3.
  

(a) A claim for refund that is otherwise valid under Section 55222 that is made in the case in which the amount of fee determined has not been paid in full shall be deemed to be a timely filed claim for refund with respect to all subsequent payments applied to that determination.

(b) For purposes of this section, “amount of fee determined” means an amount of fee, interest, or penalty, with respect to a single determination made under Article 2 (commencing with Section 55061) or Article 4 (commencing with Section 55101) of Chapter 3.

(c) This section shall apply to all claims for refund on or after the effective date of the act adding this section.

(Added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 98, Sec. 11. (AB 1856) Effective January 1, 2017.)

55223.
  

Failure to file a claim within the time prescribed in this article constitutes a waiver of all demands against the state on account of the overpayment.

(Added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 407, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1993.)

55224.
  

Within 30 days after disallowing any claim, in whole or in part, the board shall serve written notice of its action on the claimant pursuant to Section 55061.

(Added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 407, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1993.)

55225.
  

Interest shall be computed, allowed, and paid upon any overpayment of any amount of fee at the modified adjusted rate per month established pursuant to Section 6591.5, from the first day of the monthly period following the period during which the overpayment was made. For purposes of this section, “monthly period” means the period commencing on the day after the due date of the payment and continuing through the same date in the immediately following month. In addition, a refund or credit shall be made of any interest imposed upon the claimant with respect to the amount being refunded or credited.

The interest shall be paid as follows:

(a) In the case of a refund, to the last day of the monthly period following the date upon which the claimant, if he or she has not already filed a claim, is notified by the board that a claim may be filed or the date upon which the claim is approved by the board, whichever date is earlier.

(b) In the case of a credit, to the same date as to that to which interest is computed on the fee or amount against which the credit is applied.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 620, Sec. 20. Effective January 1, 1998.)

55226.
  

(a) If the board determines that any overpayment has been made intentionally or by reason of carelessness, it shall not allow any interest thereon.

(b) If any person who has filed a claim for refund requests the board to defer action on the claim, the board, as a condition to deferring action, may require the claimant to waive interest for the period during which the person requests the board to defer action on the claim.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 420, Sec. 14. Effective January 1, 1999.)

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