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California Laws | Revenue and Taxation Code
DIVISION 2. OTHER TAXES
PART 24. OIL SPILL RESPONSE, PREVENTION, AND ADMINISTRATION FEES

Article 2. Suit for Refund (46521-46528) (27330)(Text)

46521. No injunction or writ of mandate or other legal or equitable process shall issue in any suit, action, or proceeding in any court against this state or against any office of the state to prevent or enjoin the collection of any fee sought to be collected. (27331)

46522. No suit or proceeding shall be maintained in any court for the recovery of any amount alleged to have been erroneously or illegally assessed or collected unless a claim for refund or credit has been duly filed. (27332)

46523. Within 90 days after the mailing of the notice of the board' s action upon a claim for refund or credit, the claimant may bring an action against the board on the grounds set forth in the claim in a court of competent jurisdiction in the County of Sacramento for the recovery of the whole or any part of the amount with respect to which the claim has been disallowed. (27333)

46524. If the board fails to mail notice of action on a claim within six months after the claim is filed, the claimant may, prior to the mailing of notice by the board, consider the claim disallowed and bring an action against the board on the grounds set forth in the claim for the recovery of the whole or any part of the amount claimed as an overpayment. (27334)

46525. Failure to bring suit or action within the time specified in this article constitutes a waiver of all demands against the state on account of any alleged overpayments. (27335)

46526. If judgment is rendered for the plaintiff, the amount of the judgment shall first be credited on any fees due from the plaintiff, and the balance shall be refunded to the plaintiff. (27336)

46527. In any judgment, interest shall be allowed at the modified adjusted rate per annum established pursuant to Section 6591.5, upon the amount found to have been illegally collected from the date of payment of the amount to the date of allowance of credit on account of the judgment, or to a date preceding the date of the refund warrant by not more than 30 days, the date to be determined by the board. (27337)

46528. A judgment shall not be rendered in favor of the plaintiff in any action brought against the board to recover any fee paid when the action is brought by or in the name of an assignee of the feepayer paying the fee or by any person other than the person who has paid the fee. (27338)

As used in this section, "assignee" does not include a person who has acquired the business of the feepayer which gave rise to the fees and who is thereby a successor in interest to the feepayer. (27339)

Article 3. Recovery of Erroneous Refunds (46541-46544) (27340)(Text)

46541. (a) The Controller may recover any refund or part thereof that is erroneously made, and any credit or part thereof that is erroneously allowed, in an action brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the County of Sacramento in the name of the people of the State of California. (27341)

(b) As an alternative to subdivision (a), the board may recover any refund or part thereof that is erroneously made, and any credit or part thereof that is erroneously allowed. In recovering any erroneous refund or credit, the board may, in its discretion, issue a deficiency determination in accordance with Article 2 (commencing with Section 46201) or Article 4 (commencing with Section 46301) of Chapter 3. Except in the case of fraud, the deficiency determination shall be made by the board within three years from the date of the Controller's warrant or date of credit. (27342)

46542. In any action brought pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 46541, the court may, with the consent of the Attorney General, order a change in the place of trial. (27343)

46543. The Attorney General shall prosecute any action brought pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 46541, and the provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure relating to service of summons, pleadings, proof, trials, and appeals shall apply to the proceedings. (27344)

46544. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, if the board finds that neither the person liable for payment of fees nor any party related to that person has in any way caused an erroneous refund for which an action for recovery is provided under Section 46541, no interest shall be imposed on the amount of that erroneous refund until 30 days after the date on which the board mails a notice of determination for repayment of the erroneous refund to the person. The act of filing a claim for refund shall not be considered as causing the erroneous refund. (27345)

(b) This section shall be operative for any action for recovery under Section 46541 on or after January 1, 2000. (27346)

Article 4. Cancellations (46551) (27347)(Text)

46551. (a) If any amount has been illegally determined, either by the person filing the return or by the board, the board shall certify the amount determined to be in excess of the amount legally due and the person against whom the determination was made and authorize the cancellation of the amount upon the records of the board. (27348)

(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. (27349)

CHAPTER 6. ADMINISTRATION (27350)(Text)

Article 1. General Provisions (46601-46606) (27351)(Text)

46601. The board shall enforce this part and may prescribe, adopt, and enforce rules and regulations relating to the administration and enforcement of this part. (27352)

46602. Every feepayer shall keep such records, receipts, invoices, and other pertinent papers in such form as the board may require. (27353)

46603. The board may make such examinations of the books and records of any feepayer as it may determine to be necessary in carrying out this part. (27354)

46604. The board may employ accountants, auditors, investigators, and other expert and clerical assistance necessary to enforce its powers and perform its duties under this part. (27355)

46605. A certificate by the board or an employee of the board stating that a notice required by this part was given by mailing or personal service shall be prima facie evidence in any administrative or judicial proceeding of the fact and regularity of the mailing or personal service in accordance with any requirement of this part for the giving of a notice. Unless otherwise specifically required, any notice provided by this part to be mailed or served may be given either by mailing or by personal service in the manner provided for giving notice of a deficiency determination. (27356)

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