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UNCLAIMED PROPERTY FOCUS is a blog written by and for UPPO members, featuring diverse perspectives and insights from unclaimed property practitioners across the U.S. and Canada. We welcome your submissions to Unclaimed Property Focus. Please contact Tim Dressen via with any questions about submitting a blog post for consideration and refer to our editorial guidelines when writing your blog post. Disclaimer: Information and/or comments to this blog is not intended as a substitute for legal advice on compliance or reporting requirements.


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2018 Spring Reporting Checklist

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 8, 2018

Spring reporting season is again upon us. Several states require holders to file reports between March 1 and July 2. Following are reporting deadlines for these states, along with helpful links. This list is not exclusive to a specific holder industry, so please check the states’ websites for information on industry-specific reporting information and deadlines. 


Report due: March 29, 2018
Extensions: Extensions may be 

Contact: Maria Greenslade: or (860) 702-3125
Connecticut holder resources.

Report due: March 1, 2018
Extensions: Extensions may be 

Contact: or (302) 577-8782
Delaware holder resources.

Report due: April 30, 2018
Extensions: Extensions may be 

Contact:, (850) 413-5522
Florida holder resources.

Report due: May 1, 2018 
Extensions: Extensions may be 

Email form, (800) 961-8303
Illinois holder resources.



Report due: July 2, 2018

Extensions: Extensions may be requested.


Contact: or (517) 636-6940

Michigan holder resources.


Notes from UPPO’s state administrator survey:

  • We will begin accepting online reporting in fall 2018.
  • We strongly suggest that negative (zero) reports be submitted to us. This is a process that should be much easier when our new system goes live in the fall of 2018.
  • We have a preferred cover sheet, but will accept other cover sheets that include name, address, FEIN, amount, and contact person.
  • Report submission: If you have Gonzalo Llano or Terry Stanton in the "Attn" field, either name should be replaced with "Attn: Holder Processing"


New York 
Report due: March 10, 2018
Extensions: Extensions may be 

Contact: or (800) 221-9311
New York holder resources.


Notes from UPPO’s state administrator survey:

Report due: April 15, 2018
Extensions: Extensions may be

Contact: or (800) 379-3999
Pennsylvania holder resources

Report due: May 1, 2018 
Extensions: Extensions may be

Contact: or (615) 253-5362
Tennessee holder resources

Notes from UPPO’s state administrator survey:

  • is our portal that holders must use to report using NAUPA file and make payment.
  • Notice timing: Changed to no sooner than 60 days and no longer than 180 days. See TCA 66-29-128.
  • Notice language: See 66-29-129 for changes.
  • Required due diligence methods: Added email. See 66-29-128.
  • We recently passed a version of the new Uniform Law. The biggest impact is change in dormancy from five years to three years for most property types. Holders will need to report this May 1 property that meets dormancy of three, four and five years.


Report due: July 1, 2018

Extensions: Does not accept extension requests.


Contact: or (800) 321-2274

Texas holder resources.


Report due: May 1, 2018
Extensions: Extension requests may be submitted to the Unclaimed Property Division of the State of Vermont Office of the Treasurer. Describe the circumstance(s) for the delay and indicate the anticipated report delivery date.

Contact: or (802) 828-2407
Vermont holder resources.

For detailed information about reporting deadlines, dormancy periods, due diligence requirements, exemptions and deductions, electronic filing and much more, UPPO members can refer to the
Jurisdiction Resource Guide

Tags:  spring reporting  unclaimed property 

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Unclaimed Property News Roundup

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 21, 2017

Unclaimed property has been in the headlines lately with a variety of stories appearing in local and national media outlets. Following is a recap of some of the most noteworthy reports.


Delaware’s pro-business image slides, in part from aggressive unclaimed property enforcement

On Sept. 11, 2017, Delaware Online published an article about a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study that dropped Delaware from the top state for business litigation to 11th. Among the reasons noted was the state’s aggressive enforcement of unclaimed property laws.


Unclaimed property takes center stage in Louisiana treasurer election

On Sept. 9, The Advocate published a lengthy article discussing how Louisiana’s former treasurer and current senator John Kennedy raised the profile of unclaimed property in the state. As a result, candidates for the upcoming treasurer election have made unclaimed property central to their campaign platforms.


Even celebrities appear on state unclaimed property lists

Reports in numerous media outlets, including WCVB TV, in the past few weeks have reported on members of pop group New Kids on the Block appearing on the Massachusetts unclaimed property list. Although celebrity unclaimed property reports are often a little hokey, they receive a lot of media and online attention, raising awareness of unclaimed property nationwide.


Texas unclaimed property rule changes receive coverage

On Aug. 30, Ignites, a Financial Times company, published an article discussing Texas unclaimed property rules that subsequently went into effect on Sept. 1. Commenting on behalf of UPPO, Kendall Houghton addressed the new Texas Designation of Representative form: “While there appears to be a maintenance requirement, there doesn’t appear to be a record retention period established through the form or, to my knowledge, by the comptroller’s office.”


Wall Street Journal looks at the JLI Invest unclaimed property case against Delaware

On Aug. 18, The Wall Street Journal published an article about the lawsuit brought by two French scientists against Delaware for seizing and selling their stock, considered by Delaware as unclaimed property. The value of the stock increased significantly after Delaware sold it but before the scientists learned their stock had been seized, causing them to lose millions of dollars, according to their complaint. The author of the WSJ article subsequently appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell, discussing the article and the issues raised by the JLI case.


Bloomberg looks at issues with Delaware’s proposed unclaimed property rules

On Aug 14, Bloomberg BNA’s Salt Talk Blog published an article about Delaware’s work to develop new unclaimed property rules, required by S.B. 13. The article notes that many of the issues raised after Delaware released its previous version of the proposed rules remain present in the new version.


Tags:  Delaware  Louisiana  Texas  unclaimed property 

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State Spotlight: Utah Unclaimed Property Division Focuses on Communication and Collaboration

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 14, 2017

Engagement and cooperation with unclaimed property holders are central to the work of the Utah Unclaimed Property Division. Not only does working closely with holders help achieve the division’s primary mission of returning funds to their rightful owner, but it also helps reduce potential confusion throughout the unclaimed property process.


Utah was one of the first states to pass a version of the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. S.B. 175, which became effective on May 8, 2017, was the first substantial update to the state’s unclaimed property statute since 1981. A companion law effective at the same time, H.B. 42 updated the state’s life insurance laws, including provisions related to unclaimed life insurance benefits. As part of these changes, the state administrator is responsible for rules regarding administration of the law—a new responsibility for Utah’s administrator.


“In Utah, we’ve never had a robust administrative rules function, so that was brand new for us, said Unclaimed Property Administrator Dennis Johnston. “One of the things I’m really engaged in is reaching out to industry and others who are interested in these issues, so we can circulate drafts of proposed rules for comment well before we go through the formalized process of adopting rules.”


Working with the insurance and banking industries has been essential to understanding the issues important to those key stakeholders. 


“We may not agree with everything, but if we can understand each other and collaborate more on how the wording comes out, we can have less confusing wording and make it more clear and understandable for the people who need to abide by the rules,” Johnston said.


Communication is also central to the goals of Utah’s revised unclaimed property statute. Utah’s revised law specifies that owner access of an online account is a valid form of contact. With more transactions and communication occurring electronically, modernizing the state’s statutes to recognize current practices was important.


The increasing move to electronic communication also affects how holders file their reports with the state. The statute, rather than policy, now dictates that holder data must be transferred electronically and encrypted. Reports are not accepted in any other format. 


“Keeping personal information private was one of the big issues I used to promote passage of the law in our state,” Johnston said. “Privacy is a very important issue. In fact, it’s gotten so much attention that we now sometimes face a credibility gap with owners trying to get them their money back.”


When visiting a legitimate website aimed at reuniting property owners with their funds, consumers often think it is the work of a fraudster posing as an unclaimed property administrator. Because the site seeks to confirm their identity by asking for personal information, including names, Social Security numbers and addresses, they worry they are at risk for identity theft.


“We have processes in place that are somewhat automated, allowing us to turn around money to those folks within 10 days,” Johnston said. “That’s hard to do if they aren’t willing to share their identifying information. So, we’re trying to build people’s confidence that they’re using a legitimate website.”


In addition to clearing up skepticism from property owners, the Utah Unclaimed Property Division hopes to remove misperceptions about the office’s role within the state.


“There are rumors of states leaning on unclaimed property to fill budget deficits,” Johnston said. “That has never been the case in Utah, and it won’t be for the foreseeable future. I have never had any pressure from anyone to reduce the amount of money I’m paying out to claimants or to accelerate my collection from holders to satisfy a budget shortfall. I think that’s probably been a misnomer in many states. Our mission is to receive, manage and return unclaimed property to the rightful owner, and that’s how we approach our work.”


Johnston maintains policies aimed at encouraging holder compliance without being heavy-handed. If a holder routinely reports information clearly and accurately but experiences a reasonable need to file late, the office is willing to grant an extension. Likewise, if a company realizes an area of the organization hasn’t been reporting properly and comes forward to work through it, Johnston is open to waiving penalties and interest. The state offers a voluntary disclosure agreement to help holders come into compliance.


“We want to get the money to the right place,” he said. “We encourage holders through outreach and education about what they need to do and to follow the law. That works well for everyone in the long run, so that’s our approach here in Utah.”


Tags:  unclaimed property  Utah 

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States Score a Victory in Savings Bond Dispute

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 7, 2017

On Aug. 8, 2017, U.S. Federal Claims Court Judge Elaine Kaplan issued a ruling in support of Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner’s claim that the U.S. Treasury should turn over to the state approximately $150 million in unredeemed U.S. savings bonds. 


Kansas argued that the treasury should work with the states to identify and locate bond owners with last-known addresses in each respective state so they could reunite those citizens with the proceeds from their matured, unredeemed bonds. 


Among other things, the U.S. Treasury claimed its savings bond regulations do not permit transfer of ownership under the Unclaimed Property Act, and that because Kansas lacked possession of the bond certificates, its claims were invalid. The court disagreed, concluding that the U.S. government’s arguments “lack merit.” The ruling did not, however, grant the state permission to redeem the unclaimed bonds. 


“We wholeheartedly agree that the states are best equipped to reunite citizens with missing or unclaimed property,” LaTurner said in a statement. “The Kansas Treasurer’s Office is looking forward to returning the money in question to Kansans at the appropriate time. Kansas is leading the effort with many other states to hold the U.S. Treasury accountable. Not only is this a victory for the bond owners in Kansas but for bond owners across the country.”


Several other states have taken similar actions against the U.S. Treasury over their citizens’ portion of an estimated $19 billion to $23 billion in unredeemed bonds. 


Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis called Kaplan’s ruling, “a victory for Kansas and for Florida.” He wrote in his monthly newsletter that the ruling allows Florida to move forward with its efforts to reunite residents with proceeds from unredeemed bonds because the decision “addressed several of the same arguments that we have made.” The state estimates Florida citizens are owed approximately $1 billion for unredeemed bonds. 


Mississippi filed suit against the U.S. Treasury in 2016, seeking approximately $155 million. Judge Kaplan stayed that case while considering the Kansas case. 


In addition to legal action against the federal government, several states have passed legislation requiring unredeemed U.S. savings bonds to be escheated as unclaimed property. In 2015 and 2016 alone, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Rhode Island and Wisconsin passed such bills into law. 

Tags:  Florida  Kansas  Mississippi  savings bonds  unclaimed property 

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The Holders Coalition: Strength in Numbers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 31, 2017

As state legislatures and regulators turn out more and more unclaimed property bills and proposed regulations, UPPO’s advocacy efforts have become increasingly important. The Government Relations and Advocacy Committee constantly monitors and responds to legislation and proposed regulations that could be problematic for unclaimed property holders. In an effort to amplify the holder community’s voice, UPPO has joined with other organizations to form the Holders Coalition. 


During the creation of the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA), the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) developed the Holders Coalition to encourage a consistent, unified voice on behalf of holders when working with the RUUPA Drafting Committee. The coalition brought together holders and their associations to work together on common interests. Following adoption of the RUUPA last summer, coalition members decided it would be beneficial to continue their work as other opportunities for collaboration arise. 


“The coalition format allows UPPO to maintain our independent voice while working closely with like-minded groups on select, common interests,” said UPPO Executive Director Toni Nuernberg. “In fact, UPPO’s strategic plan calls for the development of coalition relationships with other organizations, so participation in the Holders Coalition aligns with our long-term goals.” 


As the coalition has evolved, ACLI recently asked whether UPPO would consider facilitating the group, and the UPPO Board of Directors agreed. UPPO’s new role involves arranging monthly conference calls, creating the agenda and hosting the calls. UPPO also created a web page for coalition members to access documents related to the group’s work.


“UPPO is well-suited to take on a leadership role within the coalition,” Nuernberg said. “We are in the unique position of representing holders who work across all industries, so facilitating the coalition is a natural fit.”


Currently, the coalition is working on a plan to address problematic provisions of Illinois S.B. 9, which is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. 

Tags:  advocacy  holders coalition  unclaimed property 

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