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how do i find my old 401k from over 20yrs ago?

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Submitted : 2018-06-15 05:45:14    Popularity:     

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Three ways: Contact your old employer for the name of the 401k holder. If you know the name of the 401k holder, contact them. And if it has been untouched for t

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Three ways: Contact your old employer for the name of the 401k holder. If you know the name of the 401k holder, contact them. And if it has been untouched for that long, contact whatever state you live in, in their Unclaimed Funds department. It may have been given over to the state and is stored there for you to claim.

If you haven't touched it in 20 years, then you likely should check the unclaimed money dept for the state it was in or the state the company who administered it was in.

Unlike IRAs, there is no annual 5498 for a 401K. (If there was, you could get the info from the IRS.) If there is an account and the custodian doesn't have your current address, any statement mailings can be missed.

However, you are assuming there is a 401K. If the balance was less than $5000 when you left the job, most companies opt to send you a check (which you could have deposited into an IRA within 60 days to keep it tax deferred). If the balance was more, how in the world did you lose track?

At any rate, call your former company and ask them *who* the plan custodian is. Very few companies do this in house. Once you find the name of the custodian, call them.

They will have sent you yearly updates on it.

Go to the bank that holds it, or to the company you worked for at the time.

First, have you contacted your old employer from then? If no luck, then you need to address the "Escheatment Process" which is just a fancy way to say that the state takes over abandoned accounts like yours. You will have to contact your state and ask them.

As an example, the link below is to the New York State Office of the Comptroller who looks after this in NYS. Every state has the eqiuivalent.

http://www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/reporters...



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