County Has $703K in Refunds to Return


It’s the most wonderful time of the year for San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister: refund season! 

The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office (TTC) is trying to reunite $703,000 in county refunds with its rightful owners. See if you name is on the list at

“Most of the time, we’re collecting money from San Diegans,” said McAllister. “We love summer when we can give it back and put a little extra vacation cash in people’s pockets. I feel like Robin Hood.”

The TTC has 1,928 refunds broken into two lists - countywide unclaimed money and unclaimed property tax refunds.

If you are owed money, follow the instructions on our website to file a refund claim by September 6, before the money is rolled into the county’s general fund. You can email your claim to

“In the past, sadly, most refunds were never claimed,” said McAllister, “so we’re trying a new strategy to let people know about this money. For the first time, we’re mailing 2,407 postcards to people who may be owed a refund, encouraging them to file a claim through our website.”

While at, anyone can sign up to receive emails when new unclaimed money lists are posted.

Every year, the TTC makes a strong effort to reunite San Diegans with money they have overpaid on taxes or fees. In the past five years, the TTC has refunded nearly $480,000.

Current state law says countywide money that is unclaimed for three years and property tax refunds that are unclaimed for four years must be turned over to the County’s general fund. This year, the TTC has unclaimed refunds totaling $703,000. Unclaimed property tax refunds make up $290,000 of that amount, and $413,000 is from other county departments.

The smallest refund amount available is $10, and the largest refund amount is $14,333.79, owed to the heirs of Mary Stone.  

The average refund is $365.

What could $365 buy?