We May Have Your Money. Claim It Now!
Each year the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector receives thousands of dollars in property tax overpayments. While the vast majority of tax overpayments are returned promptly and successfully to taxpayers, some refunds remain unclaimed.
The Tax Collector’s Financial Division processes all taxpayer refunds. As a service to taxpayers, the Tax Collector posts and regularly updates a list of refunds that have remained unclaimed for six months or more. We encourage all property owners to search the list to determine whether they may be entitled to a refund.
SUMMARY OF TOTAL REFUNDS MAILED
To see a summary of the number of refunds mailed by our office, click here for the data.
Search the List of Unclaimed Refunds
Frequently Asked Questions
Click one of the blue headings to find answers to our most commonly asked questions.
Q. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO CLAIM MY REFUND? :
Follow these three easy steps to claim your refund.
Find your name or parcel/bill number on the Unclaimed Property Tax Refund list.
Fill out the Unclaimed Property Tax Refund Claim Form. Detailed instructions and information are included with the form.
You must SIGN the claim form or your claim will be returned. Make sure you have read the instructions and made copies of all required documents.
After completing and signing the claim form, email it to email@example.com or mail it to:
San Diego County Treasurer Tax Collector
ATTN: Financial Division/Property Tax Refund Claim
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 162
San Diego, CA 92101
If you have any questions regarding an unclaimed property tax refund please call (619) 531-5813 for further assistance.
Q. WHY DO REFUNDS GO UNCLAIMED?:
The Treasurer-Tax Collector makes all reasonable and diligent efforts to refund overpayments. Nevertheless, refunds may remain unclaimed for some of the following reasons:
- The taxpayer moves before the refund is mailed and leaves no forwarding address
- Death of the recipient
- The taxpayer does not cash the refund check
Q. HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO CLAIM A REFUND? :
You have four years to claim a refund. After four years, unclaimed refunds may be turned over to the County’s General Fund through a process called “escheatment.” While escheatment is the legal alternative, the Tax Collector’s primary goal is to return tax overpayments to their rightful owners.
Q. WHY DO TAXPAYERS OVERPAY THEIR PROPERTY TAXES? :
Property tax refunds are issued for a variety of reasons, for more information on Property Tax Refunds, please click here.
California Revenue and Taxation Code sections 5097 and 5102 provide that property tax refunds which remain unclaimed for four (4) years may be transferred (escheated) to the county general fund on order of the board of supervisors. At the end of the four-year period, those items in excess of $10 will be published as notification that the money will become the property of the county after a designated date if it is left unclaimed. Escheatment to the general fund occurs if a verified claim is not filed by the designated date forty-five days after the date of publication. After this date, money left unclaimed will become the property of the county and can no longer be claimed.