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My Florida C F O

Dear Fellow Floridians:

This week, our department reached a significant milestone when the amount of unclaimed property we have returned since January 2011 surpassed $900 million. I’m very proud of our team’s dedication to reunite this money and property with its rightful owners. Their work in the last four years represents nearly 35 percent of all unclaimed property returned since the program’s creation in 1961.Search for Unclaimed Property.

Unclaimed property comes from dormant accounts in financial institutions, insurance and utility companies, securities and trust holdings. It can also include tangible belongings such as jewelry, coins, currency, stamps, historical items and other miscellaneous articles from abandoned safe deposit boxes. We work hard to return these unclaimed, lost or unknown funds to their rightful owners because our entire state benefits as a result of the additional discretionary income being circulated back into our local communities and businesses.

Until claimed, unclaimed funds are deposited into Florida's school fund for the benefit of public education. There is no statute of limitations and consumers have the right to claim their property at any time, at no cost.

I encourage anyone who has ever resided in Florida or has relatives who live or have lived in our state to visit www.fltreasurehunt.org to learn if there is unclaimed property that we can return to them. Our website has a "search" function, which allows you to create and print claim forms for any accounts to which you are entitled. Each claim form includes instructions and lists the documentation required to prove the claim.

For answers to frequently asked questions about unclaimed property, click here.

Jeff Atwater
Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

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Source: Forbes

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Source: Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council

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