Helena – The Montana Department of Revenue is publishing the names of people who have money or other unclaimed property that the state has been holding for them. The property was reported to the state between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
By Lori Kesinger
By law, the department publishes the names of unclaimed property owners in local newspapers. The newspaper listings are appearing in newspapers this fall and include names of folks who own the unclaimed property and live in the particular geographic region served by the newspaper.
For a more comprehensive database, visit revenue.mt.gov and click on “Find Your Unclaimed Property”, then “Click for Cash”. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free 1-866-859-2254, in Helena call 406-444-6900 to have them do a search for you.
“As the custodian of Montana’s unclaimed property, the department is committed to returning that property to the rightful owners,” says Mike Kadas, Director, Montana Department of Revenue.”We encourage all Montanans to check for unclaimed cash or property. You never know, a nice chunk of change may await you.”
Each year millions of dollars go unclaimed. Between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, the department received more than $10 million from businesses or other holders of unclaimed property. The department processed about 5,450 claims and returned about $4.2 million to owners. Most of the unclaimed property is money from insurance policy proceeds, uncashed checks, savings accounts, safety deposit box contents, stocks, and mutual funds.
The money is available indefinitely for owners to claim.