Manchester, TN asked in Tax Law for Louisiana

Q: In 2019, I got a refund check for tax year 2004. A year later, I was told it was an error and need to repay.

On January 31, 2019, we were issued a refund check of $1644.81 from the state of Louisiana. Hesitant, I held on to it until it was almost void. A year later, I received a letter stating that refund was issued in error and we have 45 days to pay it back. Am I responsible for their error?

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A: Unfortunately you do have to return the funds if they were issued by mistake. If they are also trying to assess penalties and/or interest I would push back on that hard. Also, verify it's really the state tax authority and not a scammer. The taxpayer always ends up paying for the governments mistakes.

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