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I did everything correctly, paid about 30k in takes, then 3 or 4 months later they sent me a letter saying I figured blah blah blah incorrectly and am now due a refund.

The "blah blah blah" is actually the key as to whether its assessable or unassessable. If they erroneously failed to assess enough tax, then it's assessable under routine assessment procedures. OTOH, if they erroneously gave you too much of some sort of credit, e.g. withholding or ES payments, it's unassessable, and they have to sue if you don't pay it.

Phil Marti
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