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San Diego County trying to reunite $703K in unclaimed refunds with owners

Posted at 1:12 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 16:12:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Double-check your tax refund. The county may something a little extra for your wallet.

The San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office says they currently have $703,000 in unclaimed county refunds waiting to be reunited with their rightful owners.

About 1,928 refunds sit on the countywide unclaimed money and unclaimed property tax refunds lists, according to the office. If the county thinks you're owed a refund, you may receive a postcard in the mail, according to San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister.

“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.”

Over the last five years, the office says it has refunded nearly $480,000 to residents.

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

"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."

Residents can also check online to see if they're eligible. If you are owed money, you have until Sept. 6 to claim it, before the refund is incorporated into the county’s general fund.

To check if you have a refund available, visit