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A. Whenever the amount of any tax, interest or penalty has been overpaid or paid more than once, or has been erroneously or illegally collected or received by the City under this chapter, it may be refunded as provided in subsection B of this section, provided a claim in writing, stating under penalty of perjury the specific grounds upon which the claim is founded, is filed with the Director within one year of the date of payment. The claim shall be on forms furnished by the Director.

B. The Director shall have 20 calendar days from the date of receipt of a claim to review the claim and make a determination in writing as to the validity of the claim. The Director shall notify the claimant in writing of the Director’s determination. Such notice shall be mailed to the address provided by claimant on the claim form. In the event a claim is determined by the Director to be a valid claim, an operator may claim a refund, or take as credit against taxes collected and remitted, the amount overpaid, paid more than once or erroneously or illegally collected or received in a manner prescribed by the Director. The operator shall notify Director of claimant’s choice no later than 15 days following the date director mailed the determination. In the event claimant has not notified the Director of claimant’s choice within the 15-day period and the operator is still in business, a credit will be granted against the tax liability for the next reporting period. If the operator is no longer in business, a refund check will be mailed to claimant at the address provided in the claim form.

C. No refund shall be paid under the provisions of this section unless the claimant established the right by written records showing entitlement to such refund and the Director acknowledged the validity of the claim. (Ord. 3133, amended, 08/16/2016; Ord. 2991, amended, 12/01/2009; Ord. 2903, amended, 01/06/2004)