Like finding $20 in your pocket — but way, way better

How to search the government’s lost and found for cold, hard cash.


March 20, 2018

It’s tax season, and if you’re lucky, you’re getting a chunk of change from the government instead of owing it. But, if tax returns missed you this year, there’s still one last place you can look for extra money you never knew you had: your state treasury’s “unclaimed property” website.

It’s basically the government’s lost and found for cold, hard cash.

See, state treasuries require companies to report any funds owed to their customers (ex: a reimbursement check from your insurance provider) that haven’t been claimed in 3+ years (whether you switched addresses, accidentally threw it out, or just plain forgot to deposit it).

Here’s how to claim your cash:

First, Google “unclaimed property” and the state you currently or have previously lived in. Enter your name and search. If you find your name alongside an address that you’ve lived at previously — congrats, a company owes you money.

Often, it won’t be for more than $100. But if you’re lucky, there might be a larger payment waiting for you. If that’s the case, fill out an application form and mail it in along with a proof of address and ID, and a few weeks later you’ll get a check in the mail.

Happy “treasury” hunting.

— Sam Parr, CEO of The Hustle

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