(b) Any person claiming a refund pursuant to section thirty of this article shall file a petition in writing with the Commissioner. The petition shall be in the form and with supporting records as required by the Commissioner and made under the penalty of perjury.
(c) The right to receive any refund under the provisions of this section is not assignable and any assignment thereof is void and of no effect. No payment of any refund may be made to any person other than the original person entitled to claim the refund except as otherwise expressly provided in this article. The Commissioner shall cause a refund to be made under the authority of this section only when the claim for refund is filed with the Commissioner within the following time periods:
(1) A petition for refund under section thirty of this article, other than for evaporation loss, shall be filed with the Commissioner within three years from the end of the month in which: (A) The tax was erroneously or illegally paid; (B) the gallons were exported or lost by casualty; or (C) a change of rate took effect;
(2) A petition for refund under section thirty of this article for evaporation loss shall be filed within three years from the end of the year in which the evaporation occurred;
(3) A petition for refund under subsection (c) or (d), section nine of this article shall be filed with the Commissioner on or before the last day of January, April, July and October for purchases of motor fuel during the immediately preceding calendar quarter: Provided, That any application for refund made under authority of subdivision (15), subsection (c) of said section when the motor fuel is used to operate tractors and gas engines or threshing machines for agricultural purposes shall be filed within twelve months from the month of purchase or delivery of the motor fuel: Provided, however, That all persons authorized to claim a refundable exemption under the authority of subdivisions (1) through (6), inclusive, subsection (c), section nine of this article and subdivisions (1) through (6), inclusive, subsection (d) of said section shall do so no later than the thirty-first day of August for the purchases of motor fuel made during the preceding fiscal year ending the thirtieth day of June.
(d) Any petition for a refund not timely filed is not construed to be or constitute a moral obligation of the state of West Virginia for payment. Every petition for refund is subject to the provisions of section fourteen, article ten of this chapter.
(e) The Commissioner may make any investigation considered necessary before refunding to a person the tax levied by section five of this article. The Commissioner may also subject to audit the records related to a refund of the tax levied by section five of this article.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session