§337.80. Interest on refunds or credits
A. Each collector shall compute on all refunds or credits and allow interest as part of the refund or credit as follows:
(1) From date of payment of the taxes, but prior to submission by the taxpayer of a claim for refund, interest shall be computed at a rate of not less than two percent per annum.
(2) From date of submission by the taxpayer of a claim for refund, or from payment under protest, or from the date that the taxpayer gave the political subdivision notice of the taxpayer's intention to file suit for the recovery of any taxes paid, interest shall be at the average prime or reference rate as computed by the commissioner of financial institutions pursuant to R.S. 13:4202(B), per year, but without the addition of one percentage point to the average prime or reference rate and without regard to the limitations contained in R.S. 13:4202(B).
(3) The interest rate provided for in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection shall not be applicable for a sixty-day period from the date the taxpayer makes a claim for refund, if a refund is the result of the taxpayer's administrative error; however, the interest for this sixty-day period shall be computed under the provisions of Paragraph (1) of this Section.
B. No interest on refunds or credits shall be allowed if it is determined that a person has deliberately overpaid a tax in order to derive the benefit of the interest allowed by this Section. Payments of interest authorized by this Section shall be made from funds derived from current collections of the tax to be refunded or credited.
C. As of the date a person files a petition for relief under the uniform bankruptcy laws of the United States as provided in Title 11 USC 101 et seq., no interest shall be allowed to accrue as a part of any refund or credit which relates to a pre-petition tax period.
Acts 2003, No. 73, §1, eff. July 1, 2003.