Dan McAllister
San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister. Image from county video

San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister called on residents Thursday to claim their portions of $703,000 in unclaimed money and tax refunds the county is currently holding.

The county is currently in possession of 1,928 refunds that are split between unclaimed money and unclaimed property tax refunds, according to McAllister. The refunds, which range in amount from $10 to nearly $14,500, must be claimed by Sept. 6.

“In the past, sadly, most refunds were never claimed,” McAllister said. “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.”

State law mandates that money that goes unclaimed for three years and property tax refunds that are unclaimed for four years are folded into the county’s general fund. According to the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office, the county has refunded roughly $480,000 over the last five years.

Residents can search the county’s list of unclaimed money and property tax refunds at sdttc.com/content/ttc/en/tax-collection.html, then email their claim to refunds@sdcounty.ca.gov to receive the money they’re owed. Residents can also sign up for email alerts when the county posts new lists of unclaimed funds.

“Most of the time, we’re collecting money from San Diegans,” McAllister said. “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.”

–City News Service