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​August 20, 2018
The Latest Unclaimed Property Updates from Delaware​​

Pam Wentz sits down with Delaware State Escheator Brenda Mayrack to discuss new enforcement of Delaware's Voluntary Disclosure (VDA) program. ​Delaware will now initiate an audit of all companies that do not enroll in the VDA.​​

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July 26, 2018

​Significant Unclaimed Property Case Decided In Favor Of Thrivent Financial For Lutherans​

In a landmark case, ​the court agreed with the Plaintiff’s arguments that the Controller’s Office had adopted two regulations without following the procedural requirements of the California Administrative Procedure Act (APA).  

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July 16, 2018

​Missouri Passes Notification Requirements for Banking and Financial Organizations – MO SB 769​

Under the new provision, banking and financial organizations ​are now required to notify the person or depositor of any consumer deposit account which has been inactive for twelve or more months and to which inactivity fees apply. ​

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July 11, 2018
Pennsylvania Codifies Policy Guidance Issued In February 2017 to Amend the Presumption of Abandonment for Securities – PA HB 1929
Pennsylvania law now contains a dual reporting requirement for securities which includes the “lost” and no contact standards.
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July 3, 2018

IRS issues guidance for reporting funds escheated from an IRA account – Rev. Rul. 2018-17

The ruling clarifies that property in an IRA which is escheated to the state meets the definition of a designated distribution, under § 3405 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) - and therefore is subject to applicable tax withholding and reporting to the IRS.  ​

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June 28, 2018

North Dakota Proposes Administrative Rules Impacting Unclaimed Property Reporting and Owner Claims – Article 85-03

North Dakota has proposed administrative rule changes that will have an impact on unclaimed property reporting and the owner claims process.​

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May 24, 2018​

Missouri updates notification requirements for consumer accounts - MO SB 769

Missouri SB 769 (the companion bill to HB 1879) has passed 2nd chambers to repeal sections 30.270, 67.085, 95.530, 110.010, 110.080, 110.140, 165.221, 165.231, 165.241, and 165.271, RSMo, and to enact, in lieu thereof,​ thirteen new sections relating to financial institutions. ​

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May 1, 2018
Tennessee updates unclaimed property report due dates and periods covered – TN HB 2278
On April 24, 2018, Tennessee SB 2278 (the companion bill to SB 1859) was enacted to amend Section 66-29-125 of the Tennessee Unclaimed Property Act. The report due date will move Tennessee from a spring reporting state to a fall reporting state. 
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April 24, 2018

Kentucky Enacts RUUPA Inspired Bill - KY HB 394​

On April 13, 2018, Kentucky enacted HB 394. Inspired by the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA), HB 394 overhauls the Kentucky Unclaimed Property Law.  ​

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April 12, 2018

Louisiana proposes limiting owner claims to thirty years – LA HB 851

On April 4, 2018, Louisiana proposed HB 851 which will limit the amount of time an owner has to claim their property from the state.  Section 167 (Filing ​​claim with administrator) has been updated to limit the amount f time an owner or heir can file a claim to 30 years from the date the property is paid or delivered to the administrator.  ​

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April 5, 2018

Arizona Restricts Owner Claims and Recovery of Unclaimed Property - AZ SB 1097
On March 23, 2018, Arizona enacted SB 1097 which will limit the amount of time an owner has to claim their property from the state.  Section 44-317 (filing a claim with department) has been updated to limit the amount of time an owner or heir can file a claim to 35 years after the end of the fiscal year in which the state received the property.​
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March 28, 2018

California Proposes Formal VDA Program through January 1, 2024 - AB 2773​

If passed, holders with past due property will be able to come into compliance without fear of penalties and interest being assessed.  Companies and financial organizations will have the opportunity to conduct a thorough review of their records to determine if they are holding past due property with a last known address in California. ​

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​March 20, 2018

Pennsylvania Proposes Amendments to Presumption of Abandonment Requirements for Business Associations (Securities) - SB 1058

On February 27, 2018, Pennsylvania proposed SB 1058 which would amend Section 1301.6 of the Pennsylvania Disposition of Abandoned and Unclaimed Property Law, consistent with the Policy Guidance previously issued. If passed, SB 1058 will add a dual reporting requirement for securities which includes the “lost” and no contact standards. ​

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February 23, 2018

​Illinois Proposes Amendments to the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act – SB 2901

On February 14, 2018, Illinois proposed SB 2901 which would amend the recently passed Illinois Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Potential impacts of SB 2901 include increased dormancy periods and changes in policy to the statute of limitation and repose, business to business exemptions, estimation techniques, and third-party contingency auditors.

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February 13, 2018​​

​South Dakota increases state holding period for securities - SB 45

​​On February 8, 2018, SB 45 was enacted which increases the holding period to 180 days. While this is an improvement over the prior law, industry has advocated for a holding period of at least three years.  

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January 31, 2018​

​Tennessee proposes to revise reporting due dates - SB 1859

​​On January 24, 2018, Tennessee SB 1859 was introduced to amend Section 66-29-125. If passed, the report due date will move Tennessee from a spring reporting state to a fall reporting state.

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January 8, 2018​​

​Pennsylvania releases policy guidance to support a returned mail trigger for secur​ities

​​Pennsylvania Treasury, Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Property issued Policy Guidance to promote consistency in reporting standards for property in a security (Section 131.6(2)). The guidance also includes related property such as dividends, profit, distributions, payment or distributive share of principal held by a business association (1301.6(3)).

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