Finding Lost Pensions, There Is Help Available

Are you due a pension benefit, but your old employer has gone out of business and you don’t know where to go to collect your money? With the current trend of frequent job changing and working for startup companies it is easy for an individual to have earned some sort of pension benefit and then the company eventually goes out of business. You are entitled to your benefits, and there is help available:

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Missing Participant Program
1200 K Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-4026


When contacting the PBGC be sure to have as much information available as possible including your name, address, phone number, SSN, birth date, name and location of the employer and the dates you were employed there. Additionally if you have any documents issued by the plan itself be sure to have the nine-digit Employer Identification Number (EIN) and the three-digit plan identification number which are typically listed somewhere on the plan documents.

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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.

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