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 […]
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 […]
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.
On November 2, 2018, Illinois proposed Administrative Rules (IL 17858 2018) that would amend its Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act to, among other things, implement a Lost Policy Finder Service, establish the minimum standards for a “good faith effort” to locate beneficiaries, and define the term “electronic searchable files.”