Orange County Board of Supervisors Approves of Property Tax Refunds Paid Without Claim

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved of a resolution that would ease the tax refund process for Orange County property owners.

“With our approval today, the Auditor-Controller will be able to refund up to $5,000 to taxpayers who overpaid their property tax, as long as the property didn’t change hands within the past year, without them having to go through the hassle of filing claims for those refunds,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel.

Orange County has for some time interpreted California tax law to say that the County can refund property tax to residents, in certain cases, without them having to file a claim. However, the State Legislature passed SB 1246 in 2018, which required counties to adopt a resolution authorizing the Auditor-Controller to refund property taxes without a claim for refund.

Steel added, “if the County owes taxpayers a refund, we should give that money back as quickly and easily as possible. This resolution will allow us to do just that.”

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First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.