Department of Energy--Disposition of Interest Earned on State Tax Refund Obtained by Contractor
B-302366: Jul 12, 2004
The federal government is legally entitled to a refund of state taxes plus interest that the state of Washington gave to Fluor Hanford, Inc. (FHI) for taxes that FHI paid under a contract with the Department of Energy. Because the department previously reimbursed FHI for those taxes, the department is entitled to retain and to credit to its appropriations the principal portion of the state tax refund. However, the department may not retain or credit to its appropriations interest amounts paid by the state along with the refunded taxes. The interest amounts must be credited to the general fund of the Treasury as miscellaneous receipts, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3302(b).