If the government owes you money and you do not collect it, then it's unclaimed. This also applies to banks, credit unions, pensions, and other sources. Learn where to look for unclaimed money and how you can avoid scams related to unclaimed funds.
Currently, the government does not have one central website for finding unclaimed money by name, Social Security number, or state. To find unclaimed money from the government, start with your state. Then you can check a number of other sources, such as:
Every year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has millions of dollars in tax refunds that go undelivered or unclaimed.
You can also call the IRS to check on the status of your refund. Wait times to speak with a representative can be long. But you can avoid the wait by using the automated phone system. Follow the message prompts when you call.
If you move, submit a Change of Address - Form 8822 to the IRS; you should also submit a Change of Address to the USPS.
If you are eligible for a federal tax refund and do not file a return, then your refund will go unclaimed. Even if you aren't required to file a return, it might benefit you to file if:
If you didn't file a tax return because your wages were below the filing requirement, you can still file a return within three years of the filing deadline in order to get your refund.
For information about your state tax refund check, contact your state revenue department.
Beware of people who pretend to be the government and offer to send you unclaimed money for a fee. These scammers use a variety of tricks to get your attention, but their goal is the same: to get you to send them money. Government agencies will not call you about unclaimed money or assets.
Although there are many places that you can search for unclaimed money or property, the most central and reliable place to look for your money is USA.GOV.
Maybe you know there's unclaimed money or property out there that belongs to you or maybe you have a family member that has unclaimed property but you're not sure how to claim it for them - we can help you!
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