How you can get money back from gift cards if a business has closed in Washington

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There is a Washington state law that might help you get some money back from gift cards to businesses that are now closed, but it’s not a guarantee.

SEATTLE — If you’ve ever bought or received a gift card from a business that has since shut down, you might be wondering if it’s possible to get any of the money back.

In Washington, the answer is yes, thanks to state law, but it’s not a guarantee.

Businesses in Washington are supposed to report any unredeemed gift cards to the state in unclaimed property, and right now, the state is holding millions of dollars in unclaimed gift certificates.

In Washington, all you have to do is send an email with your name, the name of the business, the account number on the gift card, and the amount to the Unclaimed Property Division at ucp@dor.wa.gov. 

If possible, you should include a picture of the front and back of the gift card in the email.

The state will then let you know if the business reported the unredeemed gift card and if you can get any money back.

While gift cards are wonderful ways to help support …

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