§ 31-36.1-13. Computation of tax by administrator.
(a) If the administrator is not satisfied with any report or return of a motor carrier subject to the tax imposed by this chapter, or with the amount of the tax to be paid by the motor carrier, the administrator may compute and assess the amount of the tax on the basis of facts contained in the report and return or on the basis of any other information available to the administrator. One or more deficiency assessments may be made with respect to any return for the tax imposed by this chapter.
(b) The amount of the deficiency assessment, exclusive of penalties, shall bear interest at the annual rate provided by § 44-1-7, as amended, from the last day of the month succeeding the quarterly period for which the amount of any portion of it should have been returned until the date of payment.
(c) If any part of the deficiency for which a deficiency assessment is made is due to negligence or intentional disregard of the provisions of this chapter, a penalty of ten percent (10%) of the amount of the deficiency assessment shall be added to it. If any part of the deficiency for which a deficiency assessment is made is due to fraud or intent to evade the provisions of this chapter, a penalty of fifty percent (50%) of the amount of the deficiency assessment shall be added to it.
(d) The administrator shall give written notice to any motor carrier of the deficiency assessment. If the notice is served by mail, it shall be addressed to the motor carrier at the address appearing in the records of the division of taxation. Except in the case of fraud, intent to evade the provisions of this chapter, or failure to submit a return, the notice of a deficiency assessment shall be mailed within three (3) years after the last day of the month following the quarterly period for which the amount is assessed or within three (3) years after the return for the period is filed, whichever is later.
(e) If, prior to the expiration of the time prescribed in subsection (d) of this section for the mailing of the notice of a deficiency assessment, the taxpayer has consented in writing to the mailing of notice after that time, the notice may be mailed at any time prior to the expiration of the period agreed upon for the mailing. The period agreed upon may be extended by subsequent agreements in writing made before the expiration of the period.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 220, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 388, § 13; P.L. 2006, ch. 246, art. 22, § 1.)