The likelihood of facing an unclaimed property audit from multiple states and their third-party contingent fee auditors is at an all-time high. We have provided a few helpful Dos and Don’ts that should be taken into account before, during, and after you receive an unclaimed property audit notice.
Almost a year after a U.S. District Court dismissed a case brought by Plains All American Pipeline LLC against Delaware for its use of a contingency fee auditor (Kelmar Associates), a U.S. Court of Appeals held that Plains’ procedural due process claim was ripe for review and remanded the case to federal district court. Here’s the latest on this litigation.
The Delaware Department of Finance and the State Escheator issued a new round of proposed regulations, once again taking the form of an “Unclaimed Property Reporting and Examination Manual.” Though similar in form and substance to the Examination Manual as introduced in April, this latest version includes several noteworthy revisions.
Many companies rarely, if ever, view themselves as the rightful owner of unclaimed or abandoned property. However, businesses make up the largest share of owners entitled to the estimated $40-50 Billion in unclaimed assets currently held by state and municipal governments and treasuries. This post will offer guidance on how businesses may prepare to recover assets owed to their organization.