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Gift Card Escheatment Laws

Abandoned Property, Abandoned Property Law, Compliance, Dormancy Periods, Escheat Law, Escheatment, Gift Card Escheatment, State Escheatment, Unclaimed Property, Unclaimed Property Law, Unclaimed Property Reporting

Update 2019: Are gift cards escheatable? Unfortunately, the answer is not simple as each state and territory have different unclaimed property laws regarding gift cards and the time before escheatment. These differences in state laws impact gift card breakage, the revenue companies gain through unredeemed gift cards. The Electronic Funds Transfer Act and the Consumer […]

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CA Increasing Unclaimed Property Compliance

CA Increasing Unclaimed Property Compliance

Compliance

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), published “Increasing Compliance with Unclaimed Property Law” on March 15, 2019.1 This report brings to light the lack of holders’ compliance with California unclaimed property law. Per the California State Controller’s Office (SCO), holder compliance is only at approximately 2%. “There are two reasons for this: (1) they are unaware […]

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How to Tell if an Unclaimed Property Company is Legitimate or a Scam

How to Tell if an Unclaimed Property Company is Legitimate or a Scam

Other News

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 […]

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New Lawsuit Brings Delaware’s Audit Enforcement Measures to the Forefront: The Next Temple-Inland?

New Lawsuit Brings Delaware’s Audit Enforcement Measures to the Forefront: The Next Temple-Inland?

Compliance, Litigation, Unclaimed Property Audit

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.

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Compliance Deadline Extended: IRS Rules Escheatment of Traditional IRA Distributions Subject to Federal Tax Withholding

Compliance Deadline Extended: IRS Rules Escheatment of Traditional IRA Distributions Subject to Federal Tax Withholding

Compliance, Legislative Alerts

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.

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