Some who paid "crack tax" get refunds from state

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A few thousand people who paid Tennessee's so-called "crack tax" on illegally having drugs could be in for a refund.

The Tennessean reports attorney John Colley of Columbia is heading a class-action lawsuit that would allow attorneys to identify and notify all people who paid the tax before the Tennessee Supreme Court struck it down in 2009.

Lawyer David Raybin says his client Ricky Headley got back $13,000 -- the tax he paid plus interest.

Headley was the sheriff of Williamson County when he was arrested for prescription pills.

The newspaper reports the Department of Revenue has so far refunded $3.7 million to 161 people. There are 2,772 others who paid the tax, but haven't received refunds.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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