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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.
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.
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.