Unless it comes in the form of an annual refund, you probably don’t expect to get tax money back from the government. But an effort by several Republicans in Sacramento could change that.
A bill being proposed in both the Senate and Assembly would require the state automatically refund any taxes a court finds are illegal or unconstitutional. Assemblyman Don Wagner said there is also an avenue for taxpayers to go after money they think they’re owed.
“The legislation requires that state, if it has kept track and can identify who has paid it to refund it," he said. "But that is also why the provision is in there for taxpayers themselves to make a claim.”
Wagner points to a controversial fire prevention fee being charged to rural landowners as money that could be returned if it’s found to be illegal. The fee is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit.
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