Quick Guide: Tennessee Escheat & Unclaimed Property Laws

This page addresses key areas of interest regarding Tennessee unclaimed property and escheatment laws and regulations.

Key Tennessee Unclaimed Property Reporting Deadlines

The deadline for annual reporting and remittance in Tennessee has moved to October 31st for all holders beginning in 2019 (per the website, Tennessee accepts reports on November 1st).  The first report date will be a transitional date to include 18 months of reporting (January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019).  Going forward, reporting will cover the preceding fiscal year.  Early reporting is permitted provided that all due diligence efforts are complete.

All holders have an obligation to report abandoned or unclaimed property to the state in order to maintain compliance with Tennessee’s unclaimed property laws and regulations. Holders reporting to Tennessee are required to submit their reports electronically through the “REPORT IT TN” web application found on the state’s website. Paper reports are not accepted.

Tennessee Due Diligence Requirements

Tennessee requires holders to send due diligence notifications for any property with a value of $50 or more. Due diligence letters must be sent via first class mail each reporting cycle to the apparent owner at the last known address not more than 180 days or less than 60 days from the reporting deadline.

The due diligence notice must inform the owner that the holder is in possession of unclaimed property that will be turned over to the state unless the owner claims it from the holder before the report is filed.  Tennessee has additional language that must be included in the due diligence notifications.

Tennessee Dormancy Periods

Most property types in Tennessee have a dormancy period of three years.  For most property types, accounts are considered dormant if the owner of a property has not indicated any interest in the property or if no contact has been made for the allotted dormancy period for that property.

Tennessee Unclaimed Property Links

Tennessee Unclaimed Property Administration Website
Tennessee Unclaimed Property Reporting Process at a Glance

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Key Unclaimed Property Reporting FAQs

The Tennessee unclaimed property reporting process can be challenging for holders. Does your organization have questions about state unclaimed property laws and requirements? Click on the link below for frequently asked questions regarding unclaimed property reporting and compliance.

Unclaimed Property Reporting & Compliance FAQs

Confused or Overwhelmed? Need Answers?

Reporting unclaimed property in Tennessee can be a stressful process that puts a strain on valuable internal resources. However, when properly managed, the annual reporting and escheatment process does not need to be a burdensome experience.

Contact Keane for assistance in guiding your organization on the path to unclaimed property compliance or visit our resource library for additional educational and operational resources.

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