National Unclaimed Property Day is on February 1, and state representatives are urging you to check to see whether Connecticut has any money that is rightfully yours so you can begin the process to claim it.

To discover if your name is on the CT Big List, check it out. Your legal claim to any unclaimed funds that the state has is perpetual.

Any asset that you have forgotten about after losing contact with a company, such as savings or checking accounts, uncashed cheques, stocks, or bonds, might be considered unclaimed property.

The state treasurer’s office maintains monies until the rightful owner steps forward and claims it, and Connecticut law requires holders of unclaimed property, such as banks, credit unions, insurance companies, utilities, and enterprises, to report and remit those assets annually.

The state treasurer’s office reports that taxpayers have received more than $973 million back.

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Democratic State Treasurer Erick Russell told News 8 that “we need to make it more efficient to truly turn around these claims a lot quicker.”

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There is now an automatic payment system in place to give you the money if the amount owing to you is less than $2,500. Online or over the phone, you can search for unclaimed property of any value. Additionally, upgrades allow you to skip the notarizing claim, keep track of the status of your claim, and receive quick processing.

More efficiency, according to Russell.

Although more people are reporting claims, Russell said, “the tough issue is that we’re still going through the same manual procedure to get them turned around.” I truly want to modernise our technology.

Self-styled watchdogs concur that technology is essential. In order to pay back child support, Missouri matches cases of owners with cases of unclaimed funds. Rhode Island pays payments without asking for justification.

To manage the larger claims, according to Russell, he added extra personnel. 85 percent of claims are for amounts below $1,000.

How it works

Enter your name or company, then click “search”
Refresh the displays
Complete the boxes.
For larger claims, upload documents
Authenticate who you are.
Discover the claim number.
Call 1-800-833-7318, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., to speak with a customer care representative if you don’t have access to the internet.

Later this year, Russell added, “We’ll be mailing postcards out to property owners.” That legislation was passed by the legislature primarily in an effort to track down and communicate with more property owners.

A nationwide database is also available for claims that might surface in other states. The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators supports the website MissingMoney.

The national database is connected to almost all states, and the average claim costs $2,080.

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