Seal of the  State of Connecticut, Office of the State Comptroller

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775

MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER

WYMAN SAYS RISE IN UNCLAIMED PROPERTY REFUNDS
CREATING $18 MILLION DEFICIT
Contact: Steve Jensen
860-702-3308/3301
Steven.Jensen@po.state.ct.us

State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today said a sharp increase in the amount of unclaimed-property refunds paid by the state has created an estimated $18 million deficit in the state budget.

The payments are made through the Treasurer's unclaimed-property program, called "The Big List." The program, which features an Internet-based database of unclaimed property that allows people to search by name, has become increasingly popular.

"The number of people filing for unclaimed-property refunds has exploded and the payouts are far exceeding projections," Wyman said.

In recent years, the state has typically paid out $25 million to $30 million a year in such refunds, which commonly involve unclaimed investments that are escheated to the state after a designated waiting period. But in just the first five months of the current fiscal year that ends June 30, 2011, more than $25 million has already been refunded.

Those refunds are offsetting relatively healthy growth of the income and sales taxes, which is being driven by the addition of 8,300 jobs since the start of the calendar year, Wyman said.

The increase in tax revenues also is being offset by projected state agency deficiencies totaling $233.4 million. The largest single deficiency - $172.5 million - is within the Department of Social Services.

The $18 million deficit is based on an annual budget of $19.2 billion.

The State Comptroller appreciates input on this and other issues from residents of the state. Please feel free to contact her office by phone - (860) 702-3300; mail - OSC, 55 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106; or, via E-mail - osc.opinions@po.state.ct.us

Learn more about the Connecticut Comptroller's Office by calling up our Internet Home Page, at the link below.

For Immediate Release
December 1, 2010

Back to Comptroller's Home Page
Back to Index of Comptroller's Press Releases