The Welfare Exemption Claim Form is subject to filing deadlines based on the date of eligibility for the first-time filing, and due before 5:00 pm February 15th every year (or the next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday) for the annual filing. The claim form and supplemental claim forms cannot be processed without a valid Organizational Clearance Certificate; however, if the claim form is filed timely, the full eligible exemption will be enrolled without a late penalty once the certificate is issued regardless of how long it takes to receive the certificate.
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An organization may, subject to a late-penalty, file a claim for the Welfare Exemption. The law limits the refunds to the current year plus 3 prior years.
Denial or partial denial of an exemption has no formal appeal process. You may file a claim for refund with the County Board of Supervisors. If the refund claim is denied, you may file a refund action in Superior Court.