MT Dept. of Revenue seeks owners of unclaimed cash

The Montana Department of Revenue is publishing the names of thousands of people who have money or other unclaimed property that the state has been holding for them.

Every year, the department publishes the names of unclaimed property owners in local newspapers. The listings will appear between now and early November and include owners of unclaimed property who live in the particular geographic region served by the newspaper. This list is limited to owners whose money or property the department received between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. For a complete search of all unclaimed property owners, visit revenue.mt.gov.

The department’s software application “Click for Cash” makes it easy for people to go online to claim their money, track the status of their claim and have the cash deposited directly into their bank account. You can also email the department at unclaimedproperty@mt.gov or call toll free (866) 859-2254, in Helena, 444-6900, to have us do a search for you.

“As the custodian of Montana’s unclaimed property, the Department of Revenue is committed to returning that property to the rightful owners,” says Revenue Director Mike Kadas. “We encourage all Montanans to look for their names in the paper or go online right now.”

Each year, millions of dollars goes unclaimed. In the last fiscal year, the department received $8.3 million from businesses or other holders of unclaimed property. The department processed 4,900 claims and returned about $3.4 million to owners. Most of the unclaimed property is money from insurance policy proceeds, un-cashed checks, savings accounts, safety deposit box contents, stocks and mutual funds.

The money is available indefinitely for owners to claim.

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