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Located beneath the Capitol grounds lies Kentucky treasure chest-Kentucky's unclaimed property which includes financial assets like abandoned savings, checking accounts, rare coins, fine jewelry, and cash which is turned over to the state after a lapse period of 7 years. 700 Kentuckians are supposed to have Unclaimed Tax Refund checks according to The Internal Revenue Service. More than often this happens as a result of address changes. Contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or to obtain your tax refund. The Treasury Department took over administration of the unclaimed property fund in 1994. Since that time, more than $10 million has been returned to its rightful owners by the Treasury Department. There were a number of amendments made to Kentucky's unclaimed property laws. These changes have come into effect from July 1, 2003. The treasurer was one of the original offices created by the state Constitution of Kentucky in 1792. The Kentucky Treasurer is elected every 4 years. The treasurer, who can serve two terms, acts as the state's chief elected fiscal officer.

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Since the commencement of Kentucky's Unclaimed Property program in 1942, more than $97 million has been collected. More than $15 million of that has been returned to the rightful owners. The Commonwealth of Kentucky currently holds more than $40 million worth of unclaimed property for 150,000 individuals. In 1994, the General Assembly transferred responsibility for the unclaimed property fund to the Kentucky Treasury Department. In the last 5 years alone, about $10 million has been returned to rightful owners by the Treasury Department. Please try using various combinations of your name in order to search for unclaimed money. Also bear in mind that there may be assets in your maiden name. Each year billions of dollars in dormant or lost accounts go without ever being found when governments, companies and banks lose track of the true owner of the money. This could be due to a host of reasons like marriage break up, misspelled names, businesses going bankrupt, banks getting dissolved, unexpected migration or relocation of jobs, address changes without prior notification, death, post office errors etc. If you know anyone who has ever moved or died, the state of Kentucky is probably holding unclaimed funds in their name.

The Treasury has request forms on the web site and runs announcements in the state's two largest newspapers. You can also check with county sheriffs or call the Treasury Department at to determine if you or a loved one is among the thousands who have the stake for Kentucky's unclaimed property. Unclaimed wages or salaries of fifty dollars ($50) or less not claimed by an employee within one year of earning are exempted from being reportable as unclaimed property. Dormancy periods are limited to three (3) years for all reporters excluding banks or financial organizations. There is an alphabetical list of people whose last known address was in Kentucky and who are due to receive money for unclaimed property for the number of years prescribed by statute. The Unclaimed divisions have held the accounts for more than 2 years. Even if your name is not on the list, you may wish to call the Unclaimed Property Division to check if any funds are being held in your name. It is important to note that accounts held less than 2 years are not available for public inspection.

Kentucky unclaimed property or money could be in the form of funds from a dormant checking and savings accounts, un-cashed money orders, cashiers checks, mineral royalty payments, safe deposit box contents, unused gift certificates, unclaimed insurance benefits, lost cash dividends, stock, found utility deposits, unclaimed security deposits, and court deposits. Kentucky unclaimed property, which was held by another state or a company, is kept in protective custody if they could not be paid to the rightful owner. The owners last recorded state address is always taken into consideration with reference to Kentucky's unclaimed money

Make sure you check with every state in which you have ever lived (unclaimed property is generally turned over to the state of your last address as reflected in the records of the business holding your found money, stock, etc.).

Do not assume that the business has your last known address. If the business holding your property doesn't have a valid address for you, the property is supposed to be sent to the state where the business was incorporated. Many large corporations are from: Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, California or other areas.

If your name does not appear in our search, you may call or write the Kentucky state office for a complete Kentucky unclaimed money name search.

Unclaimed Property Branch
Kentucky State Treasury Department
Suite 183, Capitol Annex
Frankfort, KY 40601


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