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UNCLAIMED PROPERTY TAX REFUNDS

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

 

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