Unclaimed property operations and compliance managers at banks and broker-dealers are quickly reviewing their procedures for “lost accounts” in a wake of a recent recommendation by a legal expert appointed by the US Supreme Court that Delaware must return millions of dollars worth of uncashed “official checks” issued by MoneyGram to over 20 other states. […]
COVID-19 Spurs Banks, Brokers to Reclaim “Lost” Assets
The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting a shakeup in the mundane world of unclaimed property reporting operations and compliance. Instead of simply focusing only on escheating accounts of lost investors and customers to state coffers, US banks and broker-dealers are now trying to recover funds and accounts belonging to their institutions, say unclaimed property operations managers. […]
JP Morgan Whistleblower Case Tests Unclaimed Property Compliance
How hard is it to calculate past interest due? Unclaimed property operations and compliance managers at US financial firms will soon find out that the task is more difficult than they thought should JP Morgan Chase lose its appeal of a New York civil court judge’s ruling about the bank’s required interest payment on unclaimed […]
Unclaimed Cryptocurrencies: New Legal, Ops Headaches?
States might soon make a real claim on unclaimed virtual currency accounts, forcing digital asset custodians and exchanges to address murky statutes and potential legal liability. “States have a good nose to smell just which industry isn’t compliant with their escheat laws and could target the cryptocurrency market,” cautions Robert Peters, managing director and head […]
Unclaimed Assets: Delaware Lawsuit Resurrects Ops Headaches
Unclaimed property operations managers at US financial firms need to stay proactive when it comes ensuring correct administrative and reporting procedures, warn compliance experts. The costly alternative: whopping state fines. A recent lawsuit filed by Illinois-based chemical supplier Univar against the state of Delaware provides ample evidence that Delaware is being even more vigilant in […]
IRS Creates Legal,Ops Headaches for Escheated IRAs
(Editor’s Update on November 29, 2018): Tax operations, compliance and technology managers at US financial firms now have until January 1, 2020 to implement the Internal Revenue Service’s rule to withhold taxes on unclaimed individual retirement accounts. The IRS’ one-year extension is far less than the 18 months requested by the securities industry but provides […]
Unclaimed Checks: Delaware on the Hunt Again?
Operations and compliance managers at US banks had better be prepared to defend their escheatment policies for uncashed checks and money orders to Delaware. The state could use the data it uncovers during the discovery period of a Supreme Court case involving MoneyGram’s uncashed “official checks” to dig deeper into the unclaimed property records of […]