SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County's Treasurer/Tax Collector has extended the deadline for residents to file a claim for over $500,000 in unclaimed money from the county to Oct. 6.
The previous deadline had been Sept. 21.
Currently, a total of $543,171 in unclaimed money can be repaid to citizens. Once the deadline comes, those dollars will be rolled into the County's General Fund.
Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister said, "It pains us greatly to see people walk away from money. So far, only a handful of people have filed claims. There is still over $500,000 unclaimed. Because of that, I have extended the deadline and we are expanding our outreach efforts to reach those who may be owed money ... If you have done business with the county in the last three years, including paying property taxes, you could be on the Unclaimed Monies list."
The unclaimed money owed to taxpayers usually comes from warrants or checks that the postal service was unable to deliver. The refunds owed could also be a result of overpaid taxes or occasions in which people or groups are doing business with the county.
It could also stem from receiving county services as well.
To view a list of the 1,056 unclaimed refunds, go to www.sdttc.com/content/ttc/en/tax-collection/Unclaimed-Money.html. Alternatively, hard copies of the list are available at any one of the Treasurer-Tax Collector office locations.
"My staff and I are working hard to return this money to the citizens of San Diego," McAllister said. "The average refund is $998.76, and that can go a long way for those who are the rightful owners and who need it."
Claims can be emailed to email@example.com. People can also call 877-829-4732 for more information.
"We want all of this money returned to San Diegans, so please tell your friends and family to go to sdttc.com to check the unclaimed money list," said McAllister.
The smallest refund amount available is $15.13, and the largest refund amount is $41,491.24.
City News Service contributed to this report