Tennessee Unclaimed Property and Funds

What Is Unclaimed Property in Tennessee?

Unclaimed Property is money owed to people and companies that gets turned over to Tennessee when companies can't find people to pay it back. For example, if you move and you don't tell your utility company your new address, they don't know where to send your refund check. In this case they would turn the money over to Tennessee as Unclaimed Property. Tennessee would then hold it until you come and claim it. Some states take the money after a certain number of years, while some hold unclaimed funds indefinitely.

Here's the important thing - you could have free money waiting for you!

How Much Unclaimed Property Is Tennessee Holding?

Total Unclaimed Funds

One Billion Dollars

Tennessee Tribune, September 2021

State Population

6,829,174

according to the 2020 census

Average Claim Size

$875 to $1,750

per claim, if 1 in 5 to 1 in 10 residents have unclaimed assets

According to this September 2021 Tennessee Tribune article, the State of Tennessee is holding over One Billion Dollars in unclaimed funds.

Over Six Million people live in Tennessee, so that means Tennessee is holding over $175 per resident! Not every resident has unclaimed funds, so that means the average claim is much higher. Usually 1 in 5 to 1 in 10 people have unclaimed assets waiting for them, which would make Tennessee's average claim between $875 and $1,750.

What Are Some Common Examples of Unclaimed Property?

Some common examples of unclaimed propert include:.

  • Checking or savings accounts
  • Stocks
  • Uncashed dividends or payroll checks
  • Refunds
  • Utility security deposits
  • Contents of safe deposit boxes
  • Customer overpayments

Many times people forget they have accounts open with companies, or move companies that owe them money can't find their new address. For exampe, electric companies, natural gas companies, phone companies, and others often owe people money when they move, but can't find the person's new address to send them a check. After a certain time period the company must turn that money over the the state, and the state holds it until the owner comes to claim it. Approximately 1 out of every 10 people in the US have unclaimed money waiting for them, they just have to claim it.

How Do I Claim Tennessee Unclaimed Property?

You can search for and and claim unclaimed assets on the Tennessee's official webste.

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