Los Angeles County Telephone Tax Lawsuit Upheld

The deadline to file for a Telephone Tax Refund is September 15, 2018:


The Los Angeles County Telephone Utilities Tax Refund settlement includes “all persons, including corporate and non-corporate entities wherever organized and existing, who paid telephone utility user taxes to the County of Los Angeles on telephone service utilized from August 25, 2005 to November 4, 2008, other than local-only telephone services, teletypewriter exchange service, or long distance telephone service where the charge varied by both time and distance, and who have not already received a refund of such tax.”


Plaintiff Willy Granados filed a lawsuit in 2012 alleging that Los Angeles County improperly required telephone service providers to collect “Telephone User Tax” or TUT on telephone services that were not legally taxable. Specifically, Granados alleges that prior to November 4, 2008, LA County’s TUT should have been collected only on local telephone service and long distance service where charges for calls varied by both time and distance. Granados sought refunds of telephone utility users taxes (UUT) collected by the County of Los Angeles. After more than a decade of litigation the two parties reached a settlement. LA County denies all the claims but has agreed to pay out $16.9 million to resolve the case. (Granados v. County of Los Angeles; Case No. BC361470; Pending in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles)

File Your Claim:

The deadline to file is September 15, 2018. To immediately file contact Walter Kazmierczak, Managing Director of Inspectel at 617-686-1981.

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