Treasurer’s Top 10: Stanton County

This week, we highlight Stanton County! Here’s a look at the Top 10 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you know anyone below?

If so, have them check out www.kansascash.com  and search their name to make a claim. They can also call 800-432-0386 (toll-free) or 785-296-4165.

  1. White Ranch
  2. Myrtle Herrick
  3. James Malone
  4. Lewis Toole
  5. Ruby Tuggle
  6. Naomi Haines
  7. Benjamin Flores
  8. John Cruse
  9. Joe N. Sanchez
  10. Harold Nickell

Treasurer’s Top 10: Meade County

This week, we highlight Meade County! Here’s a look at the Top 10 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you know anyone below?Meade County Courthouse

If so, have them check out www.kansascash.com  and search their name to make a claim. They can also call 800-432-0386 (toll-free) or 785-296-4165.

  1. Victor Escamilla
  2. Denton R. Fisher
  3. Leta Keeling
  4. Lubbock Swine Breeders Inc
  5. Leonard Watson
  6. Elizabeth Komarek
  7. Margaret Wasson
  8. H. G. Adams
  9. H. G. & Wynona Adams Family Trust
  10. Madison J. Hush Trust, Gary S. Hush TTEE

Money Matters: 529 Tax Contribution Deadline

State 529 Tax Deduction

State Treasurer's Office SealDon’t forget! Time is running out for Kansas taxpayers to earn a 2014 state income tax deduction for contributions to Learning Quest, Learning Quest Advisor, or the Schwab 529 plan.

Contributions must be made by December 31, 2014 to qualify.

Up to $3,000 ($6,000 if married, filing jointly) in contributions per beneficiary per year are deductible in computing Kansas taxable income.

For more information regarding Kansas 529 tax advantages, visit http://ow.ly/F9kV2.

 

Kansas Saver Tip!

Not getting enough heat?

Check your furnace filter and air vents. One of the most common causes of insufficient heat or cooled air is a plugged furnace filter. Change inexpensive woven fiberglass filters once a month or buy a better-quality pleated filter and change it every three months to avoid heating and cooling problems.

Air Furnace FilterAnother common cause of cold rooms during heating season is a blocked cold air return. Be sure your couch or an area rug isn’t covering a cold air return vent because this can slow the entry of heated air into the room.

Source: www.FamilyHandyMan.com.

Money Matters: Holiday Spending Survival Guide

Find yourself spending hundreds of dollars on holiday gifts, lights, entertaining, food and decorations each year? If so, you’re not alone. Many Americans feel the sting of holiday spending well into the new year. If you love to celebrate the holidays but don’t love the financial pinch you experience afterward, there are several great tricks for giving and celebrating, without breaking the bank.

So when you’re out battling the holiday crowds and heading to social commitments with family and friends, consider your wallet and protect your budget with these simple tips from PracticalMoneySkills.com:Holiday Spending

1. Know your limit. Sit down and plan out your holiday budget before you head to the malls this year. Gifts, large or small, can really add up, leaving you with a hefty bill at the end of the season. Use this free Holiday Budget Calculator to estimate how much you plan to spend on presents. Then keep track of your spending using this Gift Log.

2. Plan ahead.  You’ve done your budget and you’re ready to tackle the crowds. Here are a few ways to save on shopping, whether online or in the stores:

  • Look for special “savings days” at your favorite retail stores.
  • Use coupons from your newspaper, online or in-store.
  • Take advantage of free shipping with online purchases.
  • Buy gifts throughout the year, not just during the peak season.

3. Trim your list. Do you really need to exchange gifts with everyone in your family? Consider cutting your list back this year. Or suggest giving a group gift to certain members of your family rather than individual gifts. Just because you had a long gift list last year doesn’t mean you need to repeat it this year. You may find that other members of your family love the idea.

4. Reduce your stress. The holiday season is stressful enough with demands from family and friends, not to mention social commitments for work or other groups. Try to plan ahead as much as possible, avoiding last-minute buys will impact your budget. Also remember to maintain your daily routines to keep stress levels low. If you usually take a walk or go to the gym every day, take the time to continue the habit during the hectic holiday months.

5. Enjoy the season. In the end, the holidays are all about enjoying friends and family. Staying focused on time with loved ones and other joys of the season can help you to keep stress in perspective. If you are hosting holiday parties at your home, use this Entertainment Planner to plan for the costs. Rather than feeling obligated to host an event every year, suggest a rotation for who will host holiday gatherings. And remember that it’s much better to keep spending down and stick to your budget. It’s a great feeling to start off the new year on the right financial foot.

Unclaimed Property Up For Auction!

Interested in antique jewelry, rare gold coins and other collectible items? Check out our ongoing auction to place a bid for one of several treasure items listed.

Vintage JewelryEach year, the Kansas State Treasurer’s Office receives the contents of safe deposit boxes from banks and other financial institutions that have been abandoned for at least five years.

Upon receiving these items, the treasurer’s office completes an exhaustive effort to locate owners. Letters are mailed to last known addresses; names are posted on the kansascash.com website; and unclaimed property booths are staffed at the Kansas State Fair and other events around the state to assist Kansans in their search for lost property.

Rare Gold CoinIf the owners or their heirs do not come forward to claim the contents after being stored in the state’s vault for at least three years, the Treasurer’s Office posts contents up for auction. Proceeds are then held for the rightful owners or heirs.

Previously, contents have included jewelry, comic books, coins, stamps and many other miscellaneous and collectible items.

Currently, the State Treasurer’s Office has more than $290 million in unclaimed property and some of that money could be yours! You can search to see if any unclaimed property belongs to you by visiting www.kansascash.com or by calling 1-800-432-0386.

Treasurer’s Top 10: Smith County

This week, we highlight Smith County! Here’s a look at the Top 10 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets. Do you know anyone below?Smith County Courthouse

If so, have them check out www.kansascash.com  and search their name to make a claim. They can also call 800-432-0386 (toll-free) or 785-296-4165.

  1. James D. Frazier
  2. Hazel I. Dudley
  3. Robert & Mildred Lauterback
  4. Dyna-mix Inc
  5. Barbara J. Armstrong
  6. Reba & Glenn Stoller
  7. Steven & Sheryl Rust
  8. Manuel E. & Esperanza Gonzales
  9. Ruth J. Miller
  10. Eva M. Richardson