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Spokane County returns $4.4 million in overpaid taxes

Jan. 31, 2019 Updated Thu., Jan. 31, 2019 at 10:53 p.m.

The Spokane County County House flies the American and P.O.W. flags at half staff on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in honor of the late Sen. John McCain.  Dan Pelle/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The Spokane County County House flies the American and P.O.W. flags at half staff on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in honor of the late Sen. John McCain. Dan Pelle/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane County has returned $4.4 million in taxes to residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations that made overpayments or were eligible for tax exemptions.

The most common reasons taxpayers paid more than they were required included duplicate payments of property tax or a pending tax-exempt status, according to a news release from the county treasurer’s office.

The $4.4 million in 2018 tax returns is a 49 percent increase over the previous year, which saw $2.9 million refunded.

County Assessor Tom Konis suggested there may be more people who are eligible for refunds.

“Citizens older than 61, disabled persons or veterans with a total disability rating, who own their home and have a total household income less than $40,000 may be eligible for a reduction in their property taxes.” Konis said in a statement. “I encourage all citizens who believe they may qualify to contact the Assessor’s Office to review their eligibility.”

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