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Unclaimed Property Annual Notification

Updated: Jan. 6, 2017 – View Changes

Overview

Applicable to

State agencies and institutions of higher education

Summary

Unclaimed property turned over to the state includes property that may belong to state agencies or institutions of higher education. If agencies and institutions do not claim property after an annual notification, the Comptroller’s office deposits the money into unappropriated General Revenue (GR).

Agencies and institutions are encouraged to contact the Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property Division or search ClaimItTexas.org regularly for assets (see Claiming Property for more). When inquiring about unclaimed property, it is important to suggest variations on the agency name as the database reflects how the money was reported, which may not be the official agency name (see Tips for Submitting Claims and Searching for more).

Legal cite

Property Code Section 74.601 (g)

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Claiming Property

If your agency or institution has property to claim, contact the Unclaimed Property Division by email at unclaimed.property@cpa.texas.gov or call (800) 321-2274, select option 1, then 3. Agencies and institutions should provide contact information for their appropriate financial representative. If the property remains unclaimed by May 31, 2017, the funds will be swept into unappropriated General Revenue (GR).

Agencies and institutions operating with a General Revenue-Dedicated (GR-D) account or a special fund outside of GR may be able to claim unclaimed property held by the Comptroller’s office.

If the agency or institution provides supporting documentation that demonstrates the original source of the funds as a GR-D account or special fund outside of GR, the property may be returned to the original fund and may be subject to future appropriation.

It is incumbent upon the claiming entity to establish the original source of funds.

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Tips for Submitting Claims and Searching

Agencies and institutions can search for unclaimed property at ClaimItTexas.org.

Agencies and institutions submitting claims or searching for property should consider possible variations on agency/institution names as the database reflects how the money was reported, which may not have been with the official name.

Here are some tips to consider when submitting your claim (agencies) or searching the database (institutions):

  • Include previous versions of a name, such as “Texas Employment Commission” for “Texas Workforce Commission.”
  • Include common acronyms, such as “Texas DPS” for “Texas Department of Public Safety” or “UT Austin” for “University of Texas at Austin.”
  • Include common unofficial names, such as “Highway Department” for “Texas Department of Transportation.”
Changes to this Document
01/06/2017 Updated for calendar year 2016 UP
01/08/2016 Updated for calendar year 2015 UP
01/09/2015 Updated for 2014 calendar year
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Questions? Contact statewide.accounting@cpa.texas.gov
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