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How do you find a 401k online?

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Those searching for 401(k) accounts online can use government search engines at the U.S. Department of Labor website and the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation. They can also search for unclaimed pensions at the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators website and the National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits website.

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The Employee Benefits Security Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Labor, has a search engine for retirement plans that have been or are in the process of being terminated or abandoned. The simple form needs only the name of the plan, the name of the employer and the city, state and zip code. The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation search engine allows those searching for lost 401(k) plans to search by last name, company or state. If a searcher locates an unclaimed pension, he can fill out a secure online form, and the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation contacts him with further instructions on how to claim it.

Often employers escheat, or turn over to state unclaimed property offices, unclaimed funds such as pensions. The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators sponsors a website called Missing Money where individuals can search for lost financial property, such as unclaimed pensions, state by state. The National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits has a free online search engine where individuals can search for unclaimed retirement accounts.

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