I’m not the only one pointing out there’s piles and piles of unclaimed money out there (some of which may be owed to you). NPR’s Planet Money has a nice infographic up on the $18 billion in unclaimed cash that the federal government is holding onto.
That’s right, the federal government is holding onto $18 billion of it, and as of 2011 the states had another $41.7 billion as well. The heavy majority of the federal money is in savings bonds that have never been cashed in. In fact there’s $16 billion of them out there. You may want to take a look and see if you’re one of the bond holders who hasn’t cashed in at www.treasuryhunt.gov. Another $900 million is in unclaimed tax refunds, which have a very short three year lifespan, after which the government expires the refund.
For more sites to look for unclaimed funds or more details, see my original post on the subject.