Hundreds of thousands of residents in the State of Kentucky have more money than they probably think. The State Treasury is currently holding $150 million Kentucky unclaimed money from financial assets citizens have aren’t aware, or have forgotten about. These can range from abandoned bank accounts, lost or uncashed checks and gift certificates, old stocks and bonds, even odd items like jewelry or mementos left in safe deposit boxes whose owners can’t be located anymore. If owners of lost assets aren’t located after 3 years (usually), they are turned over to the State Treasurer’s office for safekeeping. Right now, the names on the Kentucky unclaimed property list numbers around 200,000 and since public awareness about KY unclaimed money is relatively low, these numbers are certain to grow each passing year.
A large part of the Kentucky unclaimed money pile is made up of unclaimed tax refunds. 11,000 Louisville residents are still owed $3.7 million worth of these. “The people who haven’t claimed these checks are often the people who could use it the most,” says Mayor Jerry Abramson. “Thousands of people could be letting this one-time windfall pass them by, but it’s an easy process to get the money that’s been set aside for them.” The unclaimed tax refunds in Kentucky average $651 and the IRS reports that 279,000 tax refund checks worth $163 million were undelivered because of address issues.
Indeed, more Americans should really be checking for missing money in their name- specially during times like these.
The Kentucky Unclaimed Property program has returned over $100 million to owners of KY unclaimed funds, but there’s still $150 million languishing in State Treasury’s coffers. The lost money would really come to good use in the hands of Kentucky residents feeling the financial crisis plaguing the country right now. Learning how to do a thorough method of doing an unclaimed money search online is the best way of finding lost cash in your name.