A significant number of Americans will soon be receiving payment in the form of unclaimed funds. Oregon residents, in particular, can expect to receive checks ranging from $50 to $10,000 as part of the state’s Checks Without Claims initiative. This initiative aims to return forgotten funds to their rightful owners, based on the report released by the State of Oregon Newsroom on January 3, 2023.
The state of Oregon plans to begin distributing these funds in February, with checks for unclaimed funds reported in 2019 being distributed in April and the final disbursement of unclaimed funds reported in 2020 being sent out in June. People who are determined to be the owners of unclaimed funds will receive a notification letter.
Meanwhile, according to a report by CNET on January 5, 2023, California is also issuing tax rebates as part of the Middle-Class Tax Refund (MCTR) program. So far, nearly $8.2 billion has been paid out, with a total of $9.5 billion in relief funds expected to be distributed to taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes under $500,000.
Payments in California will range from $200 to $1,050, depending on adjusted gross income. Nearly 15 million MCTR payments have already been issued in California, either by direct deposit or debit card, out of the 18 million expected to go out.
It should be noted that, while Oregon currently holds $1 billion in unclaimed funds, only $10 million will be returned to owners at this time.