ARTICLE 1. Claim for Refund

(Article 1 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1040.)

30361. If the board determines that any amount not required to be paid under this part has been paid by any person, the board shall set forth that fact in its records and certify the amount collected in excess of the amount legally due and the person from whom it was collected or by whom it was paid. The excess amount collected or paid shall be credited by the board on any amounts then due and payable 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. Any proposed determination by the board pursuant to this section with respect to an amount 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. 1994, Ch. 726, Sec. 39. Effective September 22, 1994.)

30361.5. When an amount represented by a person to a customer as constituting reimbursement for taxes upon the distribution of tobacco products pursuant to this part is computed upon an amount that is not taxable or is in excess of the tax amount and is actually paid by the customer to the person, the amount so paid shall be returned by the person to the customer upon notification by the State Board of Equalization or the customer that an excess has been ascertained. If the person fails or refuses to do so, the amount so paid, if knowingly or mistakenly computed by the person upon an amount that is not subject to the tax imposed by this part or that is in excess of the tax amount, shall be remitted by that person to this state. Those amounts remitted to the state by the person shall be credited by the board to any amounts due and payable from that customer that are subject to this part and that are based on the same activity, and the balance, if any, shall constitute an obligation due from the person to this state.

(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 512, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2006.)

30362. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b) no refund shall be approved by the board after three years from the 25th day after the close of the monthly period for which the overpayment was made, or, with respect to a determination made under Chapter 4 of this part, after six months from the date the determination becomes final, or after six months from the date of overpayment, whichever period expires the later, unless a claim therefor is filed within the board within such period. No credit shall be approved by the board after the expiration of such period unless a claim for credit is filed with the board within such period, or unless the credit relates to a period for which a waiver is given pursuant to Section 30208.
(b) A refund may be approved by the board for any period for which a waiver is given under Section 30208 if a claim therefor is filed with the board before the expiration of the period agreed upon.

(Amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 469.)

30362.1. (a) The limitation period specified in Section 30362 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 can 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. 27. Effective January 1, 2001.)

30363. Every claim for refund or credit shall be in writing and shall state the specific grounds upon which it is founded.

(Added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1040.)

30364. 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. 1959, Ch. 1040.)

30365. Within 30 days after disallowing any claim in whole or in part, the board shall serve written notice of its action on the claimant in the manner prescribed for the service of a notice of a deficiency determination.

(Added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1040.)

30366. Interest shall be computed, allowed, and paid upon any overpayment of any amount of tax at the modified adjusted rate per month established pursuant to Section 6591.5, from the 26th day of the calendar month following the period during which the overpayment was made. 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 25th day of the calendar month 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 that to which interest is computed on the tax or amount against which the credit is applied.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 620, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 1998.)

30367. (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. 6. Effective January 1, 1999.)

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