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UPDATE: MTC Extends Deadline for Amnesty under the Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

Earlier today, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) released an update extending the October 17, 2017 deadline for businesses to file under its Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. The new deadline is now...more

Get Ready for the Countdown: Final Delaware Unclaimed Property Regulations Published

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 1, 2017, the Delaware Department of Finance published final regulations in the Register of Regulations repealing its former unclaimed property regulations and promulgating a new reporting and examination manual. ...more

Delaware Finalizes Much-Anticipated Audit Regulations

by Alston & Bird on

On October 1, the Delaware Department of Finance adopted its final set of unclaimed property audit regulations, as mandated by Section 1176(b) of Delaware’s newly revised Escheats Law. The regulations are effective on October...more

Delaware Dilemma: VDA or Unclaimed Property Audit

Delaware is instituting an aggressive push forward on its controversial unclaimed property audit program, as indicated in two recent announcements. The Secretary of State has announced that his office will begin sending...more

Holders Beware: Delaware Department of State Notices to be Mailed in Two Weeks!

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In two weeks, the Delaware Secretary of State (SOS) will begin mailing notices to holders who have been identified as likely being out of compliance with Delaware unclaimed property law. Holders that do not enroll in the SOS...more

Delaware (Re)Proposes Unclaimed Property Reporting and Examination Manual Regulation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On August 1, the Delaware Department of Finance (DOF) published a revised version of its proposed reporting and examination manual regulation addressing audit procedures and method of estimation. See 21 DE Reg 123 (Aug. 1,...more

Delaware Publishes Draft Unclaimed Property Audit Regulations

by Reed Smith on

For the second time this year, the Delaware Department of Finance has published draft regulations governing unclaimed property audits. As required by law, these regulations address Delaware unclaimed property audit...more

Delaware Reworks Its Recent Unclaimed Property Overhaul Legislation

by Alston & Bird on

On June 29, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 79, which revises parts of Senate Bill 13, the major unclaimed property legislation passed earlier this year. Perhaps...more

An Implied Contract Can Turn You “Inside Out” — Remember the Non-Confidential Disclosure Agreement

Denise Daniels has sued the Walt Disney Company in the Central District of California for breach of an implied-in-fact contract to compensate her for using her ideas in the movie Inside Out. Daniels alleges that she relied...more

Pennsylvania Amnesty Begins This Week, but VDA Program Still the Better Option for Many Non-filers

by Reed Smith on

Pennsylvania’s tax amnesty program begins April 21, 2017. Taxpayers that are considering amnesty should remember that Pennsylvania’s voluntary disclosure agreement (“VDA”) program for non-filers remains open during the...more

Should You Convert Your Delaware Unclaimed Property Audit to a VDA?

by Reed Smith on

The Delaware Secretary of State recently issued a statement to businesses encouraging them to convert their unclaimed property audits to voluntary disclosure agreements (“VDAs”). However, the position presented by the State...more

Delaware Proposes Unclaimed Property Regulations – No April Fools

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, the Delaware Department of Finance (DOF) promulgated two regulations that would repeal all existing unclaimed property regulations and replace them with a single DOF regulation containing a revised...more

Temple-Inland Decision Leads to Proposed Delaware Escheat Reform Legislation: Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 2

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The proposed reforms are a welcome change, specifically as they relate to lookback periods, electronic filing and limited compliance reviews. As a result of what some might view as a scathing decision by the U.S....more

Sailing the Sea Change of Delaware’s New Escheats Law

by Alston & Bird on

On February 2, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 13 into law, completing a wholesale rewrite of the Delaware Escheats Law, codified at 12 Del. Code Ann. § 1130 et seq. The final version of the legislation...more

Delaware’s Overhaul of Its Unclaimed Property Laws

Facing widespread criticism about the enforcement of its unclaimed property laws, Delaware has just completed a wholesale revision of its unclaimed property statute. The statutory overhaul has passed both houses of the...more

Breaking News: Unclaimed Property Legislation Passes Delaware General Assembly

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 26, 2017, the Delaware House approved comprehensive unclaimed property rewrite legislation (SB 13) that was passed by the Senate (with committee amendments) last week. Our summary of many of the key provisions of...more

Delaware Moves to Revamp Its Unclaimed Property Law

by Alston & Bird on

On January 12, 2017, the Delaware Senate introduced legislation that represents a complete rewrite of the state’s Escheats Law, currently codified at 12 Del. Code Ann. § 1130 et seq. The bill – SB 13 – is...more

Key Takeaways From Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Overhaul

by Reed Smith on

A bill has been introduced in the Delaware Senate that would overhaul Delaware’s unclaimed property law. The bill is on a fast track and could be enacted by the end of January. If enacted, companies currently under audit will...more

Delaware Unclaimed Property Legislation – Lipstick on a Pig?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Delaware General Assembly has introduced legislation that would significantly rewrite the Delaware unclaimed property statute by repealing the three current subchapters and replacing them with a single unclaimed property...more

Unclaimed Property Primer for Health and Property & Casualty Insurance

Background - Unclaimed Property: It’s not just about life insurance. The same contingency-fee unclaimed property auditors that targeted unclaimed life insurance proceeds are now turning their focus to other types of...more

State Voluntary Disclosure Programs: An Overview

What is Voluntary Disclosure? Most state departments of revenue allow certain categories of noncompliant taxpayers to come forward voluntarily and pay taxes accrued during a limited lookback period. Taxpayers accepted...more

Taxpayers Stand to Lose Under Chicago’s Lease Tax VDA Offer

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Yesterday, the City of Chicago (City) Department of Finance (Department) published an Information Bulletin that provides additional guidance on the Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax (Lease Tax) and extends a new...more

Looking Back: Delaware's Comprehensive Unclaimed Property Program Reform

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The recent reforms have not impacted the power and authority of the Office of the State Bank Commissioner to examine Delaware financial institutions for compliance with the escheat laws, but the shortened look-back period...more

Delaware Senate Passes Unclaimed Property Reform Bill

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On June 18, 2015, a bill (S.B. 141) was unanimously approved by the Delaware Senate that would place limits on the look-back period and permanently extend the Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA) program. This represents the...more

Delaware VDA Program First Enrollment Deadline Is Fast Approaching

The first stage of the Delaware Secretary of State’s Voluntary Disclosure Agreement program (the “Delaware VDA Program”) for unclaimed property reporting closes on June 30, 2013. Companies that enter into the Delaware VDA...more

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