§2408. Proceedings instituted by heir or legatee
NOTE: Repealed by Acts 2008, No. 822, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2010.
A. Procedure to fix the amount of tax. In all cases in which an administration is not ordered by the court, the legal or instituted heir or universal or residuary legatee, or any other interested person, except as provided in R.S. 47:2410, shall within nine months after the death of the decedent, or should there be a will, within the same time after the discovery of the same, present to the court a detailed descriptive list, sworn to and subscribed by him of all items of property contained in and composing the succession of the decedent, and stating the actual cash value of each item at the time of the death of the decedent. This list shall be served on the tax collector who shall have the right to traverse the same, and a copy of the list together with an inheritance tax return shall be filed with the collector of revenue. If the deceased has made special or particular legacies or donations mortis causa, the legatee shall also be served, and after summarily hearing the parties, the court shall fix the amount of tax due by each heir or legatee, and shall render judgment therefor with interest and costs, against each of them.
The various judges of the district courts of the state of Louisiana are authorized to sign rules against the Inheritance Tax Collector or his authorized representatives directing them to show cause at such time, but not less than forty-five days from the date rule is signed why the inheritance tax, if any, should not be fixed by the court as prayed for, and why the heirs and other beneficiaries should not be sent into possession of property upon the payment of the inheritance tax as fixed, or without the payment of inheritance taxes where none is due, as the case may be. In cases where these rules are not contested, the judge is authorized to pass upon them and sign judgments thereon in open court or in chambers, in term time or in vacation, and either within or without his district.
B. Payment of tax. In the same manner as provided in R.S. 47:2407B, the heir or universal or residuary legatee shall thereupon pay or take measures for the payment of the tax due on all special or particular legacies or donations. The heir or universal or residuary legatee may likewise obtain an order for the sale of the property of his inheritance or legacy, or part thereof, for the purpose of paying the tax thereon. But if the tax is not paid, or the order of sale is not made within thirty days after the date of the judgment fixing the amount of the tax, a similar order for the same purpose shall be granted on the application of the tax collector, and thereunder any property forming part of the inheritance or legacy may be sold, and the proceeds thereof shall be applied to the payment of the tax with interest and costs.
C. Delivery of legacies prohibited until return is filed and tax shown to be due is paid.
No heir or residuary or universal legatee shall deliver any legacy until the tax on such legacy shown on the return to be due has been paid and an inheritance tax return, together with the accompanying documents required by Code of Civil Procedure Articles 2951, 2952, and 2953, has been filed with the collector of revenue. Otherwise, he shall be personally liable for the tax, with interest and costs.
However, prior to the signing of the judgment of possession, a bank or other depository may release funds to an heir or legatee by certified check or cashier's check payable to the Louisiana Department of Revenue for an amount not to exceed the inheritance tax shown to be due on the return.
D. Proceedings where there are more than one heir or legatee. If there is more than one legal or instituted heir or universal or residuary legatee any one of them may institute the proceedings provided by this Section, and the others shall be made parties thereto, and such heir shall be entitled to recover out of the mass of the succession, one reasonable attorney's fee, besides his costs.
Amended by Acts 1972, No. 326, §3, eff. Jan. 1, 1973; Acts 1972, No. 560, §2; Acts 1973, No. 202, §1; Acts 1975, No. 501, §1; Acts 2008, No. 822, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2010.