Some important news for you if you’re a holder following state unclaimed property law; Indiana has recently announced a change –
A one-time only “Amnesty” program to help holders of unclaimed property regain compliance.
What does an Unclaimed Property Amnesty Program Mean Exactly?
Well, a lot of companies continue holding unclaimed property on their books – either intentionally, or more often, simply because they are unaware of the state unclaimed property laws.
This is not very surprising considering the vast number of state escheat laws that apply to holders across the 50 states, and the break-neck pace with which they change. But this type of program allows holders to voluntarily come forward to comply with the laws without the threat of paying hefty interest and penalty payments. That is, however, only if they enroll in the program by October 31st and file their reports by November 1st of this year.
Many states offer some form of voluntary disclosure like Indiana’s amnesty program, and more states seem to be jumping on the band wagon, as evidenced by this recent announcement made by the state of Indiana.
States have a clear incentive to offer these programs as it helps them collect escheated funds and revenue. Simultaneously, it can help major unclaimed property holders like financial institutions, insurance companies, retail organizations, manufacturers, and others to regain unclaimed property compliance.
Seems like a win-win to a lot of people, but what do you think?
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Contact Info for Indiana Attorney General’s Office
Indiana Attorney General’s Office
Unclaimed Property Division
402 West Washington, Suite C-531
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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