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.
Even for the most seasoned professionals, the annual unclaimed property reporting process is not without its pitfalls. With 55 individual jurisdictions and varying state escheat laws, there are plenty of potential mistakes to avoid. While the list below is not exhaustive, here are some of the most common unclaimed property reporting errors to which many […]
As with most other aspects of unclaimed property law, there is no such thing as uniformity. Recent legislation in Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Wisconsin continues to reflect the opposing state viewpoints on the use of third-party contingency fee auditors.