§337.63. Remittance of tax under protest; suits to recover
A.(1)(a) Any taxpayer protesting the payment of any amount found due by the
collector or the enforcement of any provision of law in relation thereto shall remit to the
collector the amount due and at that time shall give notice of intention to file suit for the
recovery of such tax or shall remit to the collector the amount due, and at that time give
notice of intention to file a petition with the Board of Tax Appeals, as provided in this
(b) In the case of sales or use taxes that are required to be collected and remitted by
a selling dealer as provided for in R.S. 47:337.17, the purchaser, in order to avail himself of
the alternative remedy provided by this Section, shall remit protested sales or use tax to the
selling dealer, and shall retain copies of documentation evidencing the amount of the sales
or use tax paid to the dealer on the transactions. On or before the twentieth day of the month
following the month of the transactions on which the selling dealer charged the tax, the
purchaser shall inform the collector by certified mail or other reasonable means of the dates
and amounts of the protested taxes that were charged by the selling dealer, and shall give
notice of the purchaser's intention to file suit for recovery of the tax or to file a petition for
recovery of the tax with the Board of Tax Appeals, as provided by law.
(2) Upon receipt of this notice, the amount remitted to the collector or the amount
of protested taxes that have been paid to the selling dealer shall be placed in an escrow
account and held by the collector or his duly authorized representative for a period of thirty
days. If suit is filed for recovery of the tax or a petition is filed with the Board of Tax
Appeals for recovery of the tax, within the thirty-day period, the funds in the escrow account
shall be further held pending the outcome of the suit or petition with the Board of Tax
Appeals or appeal therefrom.
(3) To the extent the taxpayer prevails, the collector shall refund the amount to the
claimant, with interest at the rate established pursuant to R.S. 47:337.80, except as provided
in Subsection E of this Section.
B.(1) This Section shall afford a legal remedy and right of action in the Board of Tax
Appeals as provided in this Section, or in any state court having jurisdiction of the parties
and subject matter, for a full and complete adjudication of any and all questions arising in
the enforcement of the sales and use tax of a taxing authority as to the legality of any tax
accrued or accruing or the method of enforcement thereof. In such action, service of process
upon the collector shall be sufficient service, and he shall be the sole necessary and proper
party defendant in any such suit.
(2) If the collector files suit against a taxpayer in district court pursuant to R.S.
47:337.45(A)(3), and the taxpayer timely pays under protest, the district court shall retain
exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate the matter to final judgment.
C. This Section shall be construed to provide a legal remedy in the state courts in
case such taxes are claimed to be an unlawful burden upon interstate commerce, or the
collection thereof, in violation of any Act of Congress or the United States Constitution, or
the Constitution of Louisiana.
D. Upon request of a taxpayer and upon proper showing by such taxpayer that the
principle of law involved in an additional assessment is already pending before the courts for
judicial determination or before the Board of Tax Appeals, the taxpayer, upon agreement to
abide by the decision of the courts, the Board of Tax Appeals, or by a final judgment of a
court upon a timely appeal of a decision of the Board of Tax Appeals, may remit the
additional assessment under protest, but need not file an additional suit or petition. In such
cases, the tax so paid under protest shall be placed in an escrow account and held by the
collector until the question of law involved has been determined by the courts, the Board of
Tax Appeals, or by a final judgment of a court upon a timely appeal of a decision of the
Board of Tax Appeals, and shall then be disposed of as therein provided.
E. When the collector has pursued collection of taxes pursuant to any remedy
provided for in R.S. 47:337.45(A)(2) or (3) and the taxpayer has made a timely payment
under protest concerning the same tax obligation, and if the collector has deposited the
monies into an interest-bearing account in accordance with this Section, the interest to be
paid on the tax obligation to the party or parties adjudged to be entitled to the interest shall
be that interest actually earned and received by the collector on the payment.
Acts 2003, No. 73, §1, eff. July 1, 2003; Acts 2010, No. 1003, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 2011;
Acts 2014, No. 640, §2, eff. June 12, 2014; Acts 2015, No. 210, §1, eff. June 23, 2015.