Real Estate Tax Overpayments
If you think that you have overpaid your Real Estate tax bill, you can enter your district parcel number or tax bill property address to see if you are entitled to a refund. To obtain your Real Estate Overpayment, complete the following steps:
- Search the overpayments database to see if your parcel number or property address appears.
- Record the amount of overpayment due to you.
- Open the Tax Refund Form, you may fill it out online, but then you must print the completed form.
- Sign the form in the presence of a Notary Public.
Mail notarized form and supporting documentation (including closing statements, cancelled checks, release from other interested parties, etc.) to:
Franklin County Treasurer's Office
373 South High Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
- Once your application is received, you will be notified by mail of the status of your request.
All refund requests for overpayments, duplicate or erroneous payments made in the current tax collection period must be received prior to January 31 for the first-half collection and prior to June 30 for the second-half collection. Refund requests for prior year overpayments can be made at any time.
Please Note: The overpayment database contains the name of the property owner at the time an overpayment was made. That does not, however, guarantee that the name listed is the person entitled to the refund. The overpayment database may contain errors. Any liability will remain with the entity or individual who completed the affidavit as well as the recipient of the excess funds.
Search for Overpayments
Search for overpayments by street address or parcel number. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions about Overpayments if you have any questions.
What is the procedure for applying for a refund?
First verify that there is a true surplus on the parcel. You may do this via the on-line search or by calling 614-525-7501. If it is determined that a refund might be available, print out a copy of the application, complete it and return it with a copy of the front and back of the cancelled check, money order, cashier's check or paid stamped receipt. Include other evidence to support your claim such as closing statement, escrow statement, etc. The application should be mailed to, Franklin County Treasurer's Office, ATTN: Refunds, 373 South High Street, 17th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.
How long does it take to receive a refund?
If the refund is for a prior tax year it could take between two and three weeks to process. However, once the books have opened for the current collection, the refund will not be issued until after settlement is complete. Settlements are generally made in mid March for first-half and mid August for second-half.
Am I entitled to a refund if I refinanced?
If you refinanced during the first-half and a duplicate payment was received, the answer is no. Your full taxes will be credited as paid and your mortgage company will not receive a bill for second-half. However, you may have an overage in your escrow account in May and should contact your mortgage company for an adjustment. If you refinanced during the second half and the full year tax is already paid, the answer is yes, please submit a completed application.
What if I paid taxes on a parcel by mistake?
The entity or individual who paid the taxes must submit a refund application along with payment verification within 30 days of the close of collection in question. Once the books have closed, you may contact the party who was responsible for the taxes and seek reimbursement directly from them.
Can I have my surplus applied to next year's taxes?
Yes. Please indicate that in your letter when you submit your proof of payment.
How soon should I apply for a refund?
You should apply in writing as soon as you receive your cancelled check, money order or cashier's check. However, if your proof of payment will not be returned before our books close, please send in your application immediately and explain that the copy of the proof of payment will be sent under separate cover at a later date. If you paid with cash and have a paid receipt, you may apply as soon as possible. Please Note: Refunds cannot be made until the checks involved in the overpayment have cleared the payer's account. This can be verified by presenting a bank statement.
Who should request the refund?
A refund should only be requested by the person or entity who is entitled to the refund.