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Unclaimed Property Annual Notification

Updated: Nov. 26, 2013 – 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 regularly for assets. 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.

Legal cite

Property Code Section 74.601 (g)

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State Agency Property List (As of Oct. 31, 2013)

As of Oct. 31, 2013, the Comptroller’s office was holding unclaimed property for the following agencies or institutions:

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Institutions of Higher Education

Institutions of higher education are encouraged to search for unclaimed property at ClaimItTexas.org.

See Tips for Submitting Claims and Searching for search tips.

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Claiming Property

To submit a claim request, please contact Karen Barker of the Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property Division at (512) 463-3609 or Karen.Barker@cpa.state.tx.us. If the property remains unclaimed by Dec. 31, 2013, the funds will be swept into unappropriated General Revenue (GR).

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

If the agency provides supporting documentation that demonstrates the original source of the funds as a GRD 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 agency to establish the original source of funds.

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Tips for Submitting Claims and Searching

State agencies submitting claims and institutions of higher education searching for property should consider possible variations on agency/institution names as the database reflects how the money was reported, which may not be 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 Pan Am” for “University of Texas — Pan American.”
  • Include common unofficial names, such as “Highway Department” for “Texas Department of Transportation.”
Changes to this Document
11/26/2013 Updated for 2013 calendar year
12/7/2012 Updated for 2012 calendar year
11/18/2011 Updated for 2011 calendar year

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Susan Combs
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Questions? Contact statewide.accounting@cpa.state.tx.us
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