Electronically filed returns prepared before Jan. 31 will be

7: 30 a. m. to 4: 30 p. m. The property the Treasurer highlighted today is only a fraction of the $ 2.2 billion in unclaimed property Treasury is now working to return to people, businesses, nonprofits, local governments, and community organizations, among other groups. Treasurer McCord stressedthat people and organizations usually do not know they are owed property

because“ holders,” or entities that hold property owed to others, are not required under state law to contact the owner before remitting it to Treasury. As a result, Treasury each year receivesmillions of dollars in unclaimed property in the form of abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks, and contents of safe deposit boxes. Since January 2009, the McCord Treasury has collected more than $ 1.1 billion in property, returned more than $ 517 million to rightful owners, and generated about $ 616 million for the state’s General Fund through the Unclaimed Property

Program. To learn more about Pennsylvania’s UnclaimedProperty Program or to search for property, visit www. patreasury. gov or call 1-800-222-2046. PA Treasurer Highlights Unclaimed Funds Owed To Scout GroupsLETTERSP OLICY Letters to the Editor must be signed. They will not be published without the author’s signature. TheMountaintopEaglewelcomes and encourages varying pointsof view on all issues,but will not

publish those opinions without the identity of the letter writer. SECTION OF ROUTE437 CLOSED-Deterioration due to this winter’s weather along Route 437, closed the stretch from the Tunnel Road to Barry Road indefinitely. The

buckle in the roadway closes a mile long stretch between this main artery between Mountaintop and WhiteHaven. and those with K-1 forms or resident credits. The online forms can be filed electronically for free or they can be printed and mailed to the Revenue Department. They will be available beginning Jan. 31. To help taxpayers determine the best filing option, the Revenue Department is developing an Internet-based interactive

tool that will be available once tax season opens. For thepast several years, Pennsylvania has offered a telephone-basedsystem, TeleFile, and an Internet-based system, padirectfile. Useof TeleFile has decreased, while the use of padirectfile has stagnated, prompting

the change. However, padirectfile will be available to file 2013 returns beginning Feb. 3, andwillbeterminated after thisincometaxseason.