BENDIGO residents have $750,000 in unclaimed money waiting to be collected.
One Long Gully woman has $4100 sitting at the State Revenue Office – money from dividends, salaries, wages, rent and bonds, trusts, Tattslotto, TAB and Intralot winnings.
The State Revenue Office holds money that is unclaimed after 12 months. A web search is able to find any owed funds.
State Revenue Commissioner Paul Broderick said there were many ways people could end up having money owed to them.
“Sometimes it might be a misspelling of a name on documents which can lead to an outstanding amount not being able to be delivered,” Mr Broderick said.
“People may have moved address and they haven’t left a forwarding address, they may have left a job with outstanding leave ... there are all sorts of unusual ways money ends up with us.
“There are 15,000 individual entitlements across every suburb in Bendigo.”
Mr Broderick said the office tried to track down people and businesses owed large sums of money.
“There are more than one million entitlements sitting here,” Mr Broderick said.
“We try to find large entitlements where we can but we’d encourage people to go to the website, put in their name and in a few seconds they’d know if they were owed money.
“It’s in everyone’s interest to check for free and find out in a few seconds if they’re owed money.”
He said there was no charge to have the money returned.
“And there’s no time limit on the money,” Mr Broderick said.
“There are entitlements stretching to every corner of Victoria.”
Figures released by the SRO shows there are 3356 entitlements totalling $235,802 in Bendigo and $64,136 and $63,442 owed at Kangaroo Flat and Golden Square.
A further $55,000 is owed to people and businesses in California Gully and Long Gully.
To search for missing money visit www.sro.vic.gov.au