California Unclaimed Property
Unclaimed property is money that has not been claimed by the owner. This money may be in the form of cash, stocks, bonds, insurance benefits, or other types of property. It can either be reported in the owner’s name, by social security number, or both. The State Controller’s Office maintains a database of unclaimed property. The database is updated periodically and can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Audits of out-of-state companies
In recent years, unclaimed property revenue has remained relatively flat, with the exception of a recent spike, which may be due to a state agency’s decision to accelerate the sale of securities. This flatness, however, is also attributed to declining rates of holder reporting.
The California Legislature has been trying to increase compliance with its unclaimed property laws. The State Controller’s Office, in particular, has been tasked with finding ways to increase compliance. It will use data gathered through CA AB 466 to identify target companies for audits. It is estimated that more than $17 billion in unclaimed property may exist in California.
Interest payable on late reported and delivered property
Interest payable on late reported and delivered property in the State of California can add up to ten percent of the property’s value. However, there are ways to minimize these penalties. One option is to use a third-party service such as MarketSphere. It helps you meet deadlines for reporting and works with state officials to reduce penalties.
In California, there are several different reasons why an interest payable on late reported and delivered property may be assessed. It may be due to the holder not delivering unclaimed property on time. Alternatively, it could be due to the holder intentionally failing to deliver the property. If this happens, the holder can be fined a minimum of $5,000 and up to fifty thousand dollars. In any case, if the property isn’t delivered within a specified period of time, the holder will be subject to a ten percent interest charge for each day of the delay.
Notices sent to owners of unclaimed property
The California Controller’s Office is sending out notices to owners of unclaimed property. The notices contain instructions on how to reclaim their property. This property can include cash, stock, and safe deposit box contents. The notices also include specific steps to reclaim unclaimed property from businesses. Typically, the Controller’s Office publishes these notices in June/July of each year. This is the time of year that most unclaimed property remit reports are due from holders.
Not all notices are legitimate, and you may have to pay a fee in order to get your unclaimed property. If you have received such a notice, you should consult a tax adviser for further details. You may also have the option of using an electronic form to claim your property.
Training programs required for holder auditors
In order to become a certified holder auditor, you must complete training programs to learn about the state’s requirements. California’s two-step reporting process is unique, requiring special due diligence on the part of holder auditors. California is the only state that requires double-due diligence, meaning that holder auditors must perform double due diligence.
Fortunately, the State Controller’s Office’s Unclaimed Property Division has several training programs to assist holder auditors with the reporting process. These courses cover the law and mandated reporting requirements. They also discuss common reporting and remittance errors.
Cost of claiming unclaimed property
If you think you may have inherited money, but are not sure how to go about claiming it, California’s unclaimed property program may be able to help. It’s estimated that about one in six California residents have unclaimed property, and thousands of people have not even realized they have it. Because of the complexities involved, a lot of people are reluctant to claim it. Fortunately, California offers an easy-to-use search tool to help people find their lost property.
To claim your property, you must provide valid identification and proof of ownership. In some cases, this can be a previous utility bill, a tax bill, a bank statement, or an address history page from a credit report. In other cases, it can be any mail that has your name and reported address on it.