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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 divisions (B) and (C) of this section provided a claim in writing therefor, stating under penalty of perjury the specific grounds upon which the claim is founded, is filed with the Tax Commissioner within four years of the date of payment. The claim shall be on forms furnished by the Tax Commissioner.
(B) 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 when it is established in a manner prescribed by the Tax Commissioner that the person from whom the tax has been collected was not a transient guest; provided, however, that neither a refund nor a credit shall be allowed unless the amount of the tax so collected has either been refunded to the transient guest or credited to rent subsequently payable by the transient guest to the operator.
(C) A transient guest may obtain a refund of taxes overpaid or paid more than once or erroneously or illegally collected or received by the city by filing of a claim in the manner provided in division (A) of this section, but only when the tax was paid by the transient guest directly to the Tax Commissioner, or when the transient guest having paid the tax to the operator, establishes to the satisfaction of the Tax Commissioner that the transient guest has been unable to obtain a refund from the operator who collected the tax.
(D) No refund shall be paid under the provisions of this section unless the claimant establishes his or her right thereto by written records showing entitlement thereto and such refund exceeds $1.
(Ord. 4075, passed 3-28-78)