At Keane, our top priority is ensuring the security of our customers’ information. On a continual basis, we diligently track unclaimed property scams, consumer complaints, and concerns about the legitimacy of our business. There are some legitimate unclaimed property tracers and finders that reach out to owners or heirs whose assets have already been turned […]
Legislative Alerts (174 articles)
Here you can find updates on unclaimed property laws, rules, and regulations. Unclaimed property legislation varies from state to state, and is different depending on the type of property. Check back frequently for legislative alerts and breaking unclaimed property news as it happens.
Univar alleges that the unclaimed property audit spearheaded by Kelmar violates a number of its constitutional rights, including substantive and procedural due process rights, the right to equal protection and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and that it constitutes a taking of private property without just compensation.
Under a recent Internal Revenue Service Ruling, the escheatment of payments made from a traditional IRA account to the state’s unclaimed property fund constitutes a designated distribution that is subject to federal tax withholding rules for IRAs. The trustee or custodian of the IRA must also report those payments on a 1099-R, identifying the owner as the recipient.
The verdict against Overstock likely means that Delaware will further scrutinize companies utilizing similar giftco structures and could possibly subject them to litigation or audit, even forcing some to re-domesticate outside of Delaware to avoid such scrutiny. Gift card holders should be overly cautious and be prepared to defend their organizational structures to the state.
Originally introduced in February 2017 as a drug and alcohol dependency bill, Illinois H 3806 was amended on May 31, 2018, and would revise the banking provisions in the Illinois Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. If passed, the provisions of the bill would become effective immediately.