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Less than a week left to file for county refund; Are you owed money?

Deadline to file claim is Nov. 30

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister is reminding San Diegans that there is less than a week left to file a claim if they are owed a refund from the county.

“The holidays are quickly approaching, and every little bit helps, so we’re encouraging everyone to go to our website to find out if they are owed a refund,” said McAllister. “We’re doing all we can to reunite $1,056,186.10 in county refunds with its rightful owners.” See the list at

Each year the Treasurer-Tax Collector and other county departments have thousands of dollars that are owed to taxpayers. Refunds-owed could be a result of overpaid taxes or from other instances in which individual and organizations are doing business with or receiving services from the county.

Unclaimed monies consist of warrants/checks that remain uncashed for a period of more than six months, usually resulting from warrants/checks that are returned as undeliverable by the postal service. The most common types of unclaimed monies include, but are not limited to, supplier payments for goods or services.

After several years of no claim being received, the funds are escheated. While the county works to return these monies to the rightful owner, some refunds remain unclaimed. 

“With the cost of living being what it is, and the holidays approaching, I’m sure people can use this money. My staff and I are working hard to return this money to the citizens of San Diego,” said McAllister. “The average refund is $755, and that can go a long way for those who are the rightful owners and who need it.” 

To view a list of the 1,398 unclaimed refunds, go to Alternatively, hard copies of the list are available at any one of the following Treasurer-Tax Collector office locations including

• Main Office – County Administration Center: 1600 Pacific Hwy, Room 162, San Diego, CA 92101

• San Marcos Branch Office: 141 East Carmel Street, San Marcos, CA 92078

• Kearny Mesa Branch Office: 9225 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123

If owed money, residents can follow the instructions on the unclaimed money page of the website to file a refund claim by Nov. 30 before the money is rolled into the county’s general fund.

Claims can be emailed to [email protected] or call 1-877-829-4732 for more information. Anyone can sign up to receive emails when new unclaimed money lists are posted.

“We want all of this money returned to San Diegans, so tell your friends and family to go to to check the unclaimed money list,” said McAllister.

The smallest refund amount available is $10, and the largest refund amount is $255,574.

Every year, the Treasurer-Tax Collector makes a strong effort to reunite San Diegans with money they have overpaid on taxes or fees. In the past five years, the office has refunded more than $383,300.

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.

Submitted by the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office.


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