Hundreds of Riverside County business owners and residents are owed property tax refunds, and officials Monday encouraged members of the public to find out whether they’re on the list of recipients.
According to Treasurer-Tax Collector Matthew Jennings, roughly $540,000 in refunds from tax year 2016 and farther back are waiting to be claimed.
Just under 600 individuals and businesses are listed as eligible to receive the funds, he said. Amounts per recipient range from a few dollars to thousands of dollars.
The deadline to file a refund claim is Aug. 2. The Board of Supervisors will vote soon after that date on whether to transfer unclaimed money into the general fund, or extend the claims deadline.
“Many of these residents may not even know they’ve overpaid their property taxes,” Board of Supervisors Chair Karen Spiegel said. “Take a moment to look, and if so, file for your reimbursement.”
A complete list of individuals and businesses eligible for refunds can be found here.
Information about how to file a claim is available via the portal.
In previous years, the board postponed action on transfers to give prospective recipients additional time to file a claim. In 2017, officials began circulating notices in April about the availability of the unclaimed funds.
Under state law, the county is only obligated to hold unclaimed money for four years before it becomes government property.
According to Jennings, most of the refunds stem from changes in the property tax roll that occurred after a payment had been mailed, resulting in savings to the taxpayer.
When the Office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector sends a refund check and it’s returned, it’s placed in a holding account.
“This is a reminder to all residents to check the Office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector website to see if they are due for a refund,” Jennings said.