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                                                   HOUSE BILL NO. 2302



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1990 Regular Session


By Representatives Crane and Heavey



Read first time 1/9/90 and referred to Committee on Revenue.



AN ACT Relating to recovery of taxes paid; and amending RCW 84.68.020.




        Sec. 1.  Section 84.68.020, chapter 15, Laws of 1961 and RCW 84.68.020 are each amended to read as follows:

          In all cases of the levy of taxes for public revenue which are deemed unlawful or excessive by the person, firm or corporation whose property is taxed, or from whom such tax is demanded or enforced, such person, firm or corporation may pay such tax or any part thereof deemed unlawful, under written protest setting forth all of the grounds upon which such tax is claimed to be unlawful or excessive; and thereupon the person, firm or corporation so paying, or his or its legal representatives or assigns, may bring an action in the superior court or in any federal court of competent jurisdiction against the state, county or municipality by whose officers the same was collected, to recover such tax, or any portion thereof, so paid under protest and to recover any other tax previously paid, whether or not under protest, that is deemed unlawful or excessive by the person:  PROVIDED, That RCW 84.68.010 through 84.68.070 shall not be deemed to enlarge the grounds upon which taxes may now be recovered:  AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That no claim need be presented to the state or county or municipality, or any of their respective officers, for the return of such protested tax as a condition precedent to the institution of such action.