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      RS 47:1857     


§1857.  Corrections and changes

A.  The Louisiana Tax Commission is authorized and empowered to correct or change the assessment of any company under this Part in order to make the assessment conform to the true facts.  In order to correct or change any such assessment, it shall be necessary for the Louisiana Tax Commission to issue instructions to the assessor to make the change upon the assessment roll, and in the event the assessment roll has been delivered to the tax collector, then to direct the tax collector to make such change upon the roll in his possession and to collect taxes according to such change, and to notify the company of the corrections or changes so made.  This notice shall be delivered by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to or by personal service upon, the officer or authorized agent of the company responsible for the filing of the annual report.

B.(1)(a)  Any company may institute suit in the court having jurisdiction of the cause of action, for the purpose of contesting the correctness or legality of any corrections and changes of its assessed valuation for taxation by the Louisiana Tax Commission under this Section, which suit must be instituted within thirty days after receipt of the notice ordering the change. However, to state a cause of action, the petition instituting such suit shall name the Louisiana Tax Commission as defendant and shall set forth not only the correction or change of its assessed valuation for taxation made by the Louisiana Tax Commission, but also the assessed valuation for taxation that the company deems to be correct and legal and the reasons therefor.

(b)  The proceedings in such suit shall be tried by preference, whether or not out of term time1, at such time as fixed by the district court.  No new trial or rehearing shall be allowed.

(c)  Any appeal from a judgment of the district court shall be heard by preference within sixty days of the lodging of the record in the court of appeal.  The appeal shall be taken thirty days from the date the judgment of the district court is rendered.  If such appeal is timely filed, any amount of taxes that were paid under protest pursuant to R.S. 47:1856(E) shall remain segregated and invested pursuant to that Subsection and no bond or other security shall be necessary to perfect such appeal.

(d)  In the event the supreme court grants a writ of certiorari, the court shall hear the appeal on the next regular docket of the court.

(2)  Any company that has filed suit under these provisions and whose taxes have become due shall pay such taxes under protest to the officer or officers designated by law for the collection of such taxes and shall cause notice or notices to issue in such suit to the officer or officers as provided in R.S. 47:2134(B).  Upon receipt of such notice or notices, the amount paid under protest shall be segregated and invested by such officer or officers either in an interest-bearing account or in a certificate of deposit pending a final, nonappealable judgment in the suit.

Added by Acts 1976, No. 703, §1.  Amended by Acts 1980, No. 602, §1; H.C.R. No. 88, 1993 R.S., eff. May 30, 1993; H.C.R. No. 1, 1994 R.S., eff. May 11, 1994; Acts 2000, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 74, §1, eff. April 17, 2000; Acts 2001, No. 1149, §1; Acts 2003, No. 791, §1, eff. June 30, 2003; Acts 2004, No. 461, §1, eff. June 24, 2004, and §3, eff. July 1, 2006; Acts 2009, No. 511, §1.

1As appears in enrolled bill.

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