In a report dated December 23, 2014, the unclaimed property task force issued its findings and recommendations to the Delaware General Assembly and Governor. The specific recommendations contained within the report are as follows:
Unclaimed Property Settlement Reached After Multi-State Audit In late December 2014, Morgan Stanley and its affiliated companies became the first brokerage firm undergoing a multi-state unclaimed property audit to agree to the use of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (“DMF”) or state vital statistics records to identify deceased account owners as a means […]
Seemingly empowered by the audit of the life insurance industry, unclaimed property auditors have turned their attention to the mutual fund industry with a focus on identifying Individual Retirement Account (IRA) owners who may have died. Massachusetts State Treasury Requests National Records In recent months, the Massachusetts State Treasury has demanded mutual fund records in […]
An Invitation for Bids (IFB) for Maryland unclaimed property audit services was recently issued by the State Comptroller. Presently, there are six third-party auditors who are under contract by the state to conduct Maryland unclaimed property audits.
On May 8th, the Delaware Legislature introduced a bill that would place restrictions on the unclaimed property audit process in an effort to regulate the business practices of third party auditors. Senate Bill 215 proposes to prohibit the State Escheator from paying third party unclaimed property auditors on a contingency fee basis or by commission. […]