7 U.S. Code § 7416 - Assessments
Assessments required under an order shall be remitted to the board established under the order at the time and in the manner prescribed by the order.
Not more than 1 assessment may be levied on a first handler or importer under subsection (a) with respect to any agricultural commodity.
The board shall recommend to the Secretary 1 or more rates of assessment to be levied under subsection (a). If approved by the Secretary, the rates shall take effect. An order may provide that an assessment rate may not be increased unless approved by a referendum conducted pursuant to section 7417 of this title.
Late-payment and interest charges may be levied on each person subject to an order who fails to remit an assessment in accordance with subsection (b).
The board shall deposit in the account an amount equal to 10 percent of the assessments collected during the period referred to in paragraph (1).
The demand for a refund shall be made at such time and in such form as specified by the order.
A person entitled to a refund shall be paid promptly after the board receives satisfactory proof that the assessment for which the refund is demanded was paid on behalf of the person who makes the demand.
If the funds in the escrow account required by paragraph (1) are insufficient to pay the amount of all refunds that persons subject to an order otherwise would have a right to receive under this subsection, the board shall prorate the amount of the funds among all the persons.