Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced that the State of Utah’s Unclaimed Property Division received more than $33.1 million in new abandoned property at the end of 2016.
The new listings reflect 269,561 new properties with last known addresses and names of individuals whose abandoned properties were reported to Utah’s Unclaimed Property Division by the November 1, 2016 annual reporting deadline. In 2016, $21.6 million was paid out to owners who filed claims.
“Each year after tax season we like to remind Utahns to check mycash.utah.gov to see whether they have lost or abandoned property – anything from dormant bank accounts to uncashed refund checks,” said Treasurer Damschen. “I’m also proud to report that the Unclaimed Property Division paid out $21.6 million in FY 2016, which puts that money back into the pockets of rightful owners and can circulate back into the local economy.”
The newly processed and confirmed $33.1 million in abandoned property is now searchable online at mycash.utah.gov or by calling 801-715-3300. Generally, if a property has not had any activity for three years it is considered abandoned and by law the holder must turn it over to the Unclaimed Property Division of the State Treasurer’s Office. Utah’s Unclaimed Property Division currently safeguards over $370 million in unclaimed property.
“Even with aggressive education campaigns a barrier still remains – many people don’t go looking for property they don’t know they’ve lost – and that’s exactly what we need them to do,” said Dennis Johnston, Administrator of Utah’s Unclaimed Property Division. “Perhaps they’ve moved and forgotten they had a deposit with the utility company or overpaid at the eye doctor five years ago. Either way, checking to see if you’ve lost property is simple, easy and something everyone should do.”
“We urge all Utahns to look up everyone they know and help get this abandoned money back into the hands of its rightful owners,” added Treasurer Damschen. “Seeing Utah citizens reunited with their lost property is one of the highlights of my job and I want to continue seeing record claim levels.”
The March 2015 launch of the new, simplified mycash.utah.gov website and aggressive education and outreach campaigns fueled a 107 percent increase in Utah’s paid claims. At the height of the campaign, monthly paid claim volume quadrupled from an average of 977 to over 4,000.