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Keanotes®: Unclaimed Property News, Laws and Trends

keanotes-fall-2016-cover_page_thumbnailEscheat laws by state can be difficult to keep track of, as no two states interpret unclaimed property in the same way. State escheatment laws can differ based on a variety of factors, including property type, dormancy period, and compliance requirements, among other factors.

Keanotes®, our industry leading compliance newsletter, eases the burden of tracking the various escheat laws by state by providing an in-depth view and analysis of unclaimed property regulations and state escheatment laws. Keanotes also includes editorial coverage of ongoing legislation changes, legislative summaries of escheat rules by state, guest columnists from state and industry professionals, Q&A sessions, continuous interpretation and recommendations to effectively comply with unclaimed property laws while increasing your company’s bottom line.

The compliance experts at Keane can help to keep you up to date the various escheat laws by state by providing real-time alerts when significant changes are made to unclaimed property regulations and state escheatment laws. Subscribers to Keane’s Unclaimed Property Compliance Portal will also receive access to view additional details on the legislative change, including a summary of the legislation and an analysis of its impact.

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Contents of Latest Issue

Unclaimed Property 101: Reporting and Remittance

Karen Anderson, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer

This article is the third and final installment in our Unclaimed Property 101 series. In this final article, the fundamental requirements related to reporting and remitting unclaimed property will be explained.

Preparing for a Voluntary Disclosure Agreement – Dos and Don’ts

Cornel Lupu, Senior Manager and Barbara Rice, State Liaison, Consulting and Advisory Team

Entering into a voluntary disclosure agreement for unclaimed property comes with plenty of questions. Keane helps to answer some of the common questions holders ask when contemplating a VDA and provide additional guidance on these often valuable opportunities.

RUUPA Business Scorecard

Karen Anderson, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Debbie Zumoff, Chief Compliance Officer

How did holders fare in terms of the changes contained in the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act? To answer this question, some of the most significant provisions are listed in a “scorecard” along with our evaluation of whether the new provision is a “win,” “lose” or “draw” from a business community standpoint.

The Changing Landscape in Gift Card Planning Structures

Ethan D. Millar, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

We are witnessing a potential shift in Delaware’s position on unclaimed property gift card planning structures (often referred to as “Giftco” structures), which could threaten the hundreds of major companies (mostly retailers and restaurants) that have structured their affairs in reliance on Delaware’s historical practice of respecting these structures.

Unclaimed Property Litigation Update – Fall 2016

Karen Anderson, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer

Keane’s Karen Anderson provides a detailed recap and analysis of the Delaware unclaimed property lawsuits brought by Plains All American, Temple-Inland, Marathon/Speedway & Office Depot.

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