Time period to file with Riverside County for unclaimed property tax refunds opens

Property owners have until August 2 to respond

Owners of residential or business property in Riverside County who have unclaimed property tax refunds may file to receive reimbursement starting today (May 3). The time period to file will run through August 2.  

“This is a reminder to all residents to check the Treasurer-Tax Collector website to see if they are due for a refund,” said Treasurer-Tax Collector Matthew Jennings. “Don’t be caught short by the deadline. Our team is available to help residents through the process.”

Almost 600 refunds totaling more than $540,000 remain unclaimed. Most refunds stem from valuation reductions by the county assessor and are related to corrections or cancellations to the tax roll after taxes were already paid.

Under California law, property tax refunds unclaimed for four years after the payment date – or one year after a requested claim form has been mailed back to a taxpayer by the county, whichever is later – may be transferred to the county general fund by order of the Board of Supervisors.  After Aug. 2, any unclaimed money shifts to the general fund and can no longer be claimed.

“Many of these residents may not even know they’ve overpaid their property taxes,” said Board Chair Karen Spiegel. “Take a moment to look, and if so, file for your reimbursement.”

Filing instructions and a list of all unclaimed property tax refunds from tax year 2016 and prior are available on the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website at: http://www.countytreasurer.org/TaxCollector/UnclaimedMoney/PropertyTaxUnclaimedRefund.aspx

Completed claim forms and supporting documentation should be emailed to PropTaxUnclaimed@rivco.org or mailed to the following address.

Riverside County Treasurer-Tax Collector

Attn: Property Tax Unclaimed Refunds

P.O. Box 12005

Riverside, CA 92502-2205

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