Escheatment resources: Reporting deadlines for all 50 states

May 19, 2022

Tracking uncashed checks requires understanding the escheatment laws in each payee’s jurisdiction. Read below for the list of escheatment reporting deadlines for all 50 states.

 

Few accounting processes are more complicated and time-consuming than escheatment of uncashed checks. Escheatment is the process of reporting and remitting unclaimed property to the appropriate authority based on statutory requirements. It consists of a series of steps and deadlines made even more confusing because the rules and requirements differ from state to state – not to mention additional jurisdictions like Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

Worse yet, companies that don’t comply with this patchwork of unclaimed property laws are subject to fines and penalties. These levies are often based on the number of items and not the total dollar amount, so the cost of missing escheatment deadlines can really add up.

Escheatment deadlines for all 50 states

Escheatment is organized into two annual cycles that include property analysis, dormancy periods, and statutory due diligence requirements with specific rules for mailings, responses and remittance. Yet those rules and deadlines vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. U.S. Bank has developed an automated solution for managing escheatment, but if you are doing it manually, the first place to start is knowing the deadlines for the jurisdictions of all payees.

The following are the corporate deadlines for reporting and remitting escheatment for uncashed checks.

Due to differences between jurisdictions, the deadlines are not necessarily the same for insurance or other property types.

 

Fall reporting deadlines

 

October 31st
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California*
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
 
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico

 

 
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Virgin Islands
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

 

 

November 1st

  • Idaho
  • Massachusetts
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Wyoming

 

December 10th

Puerto Rico

 

Spring reporting deadlines

 

March 1st

  • Delaware

 

March 10th

  • New York

 

 

March 30th

  • Connecticut

April 15th

  • Pennsylvania

 

April 29th

  • Alberta, Canada

 

April 30th

  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Vermont

June 1st – 15th

  • California*

 

July 1st

  • Michigan
  • Texas


*California law requires a notice report in October and a remit report in June.

 

Deadlines are just one piece of the puzzle

Escheatment involves a number of steps to identify and remit. They vary by jurisdiction, but typically include the following:

  • Tracking dormancy to identify escheatable items
  • Sending required communication to unclaimed property owners
  • Aging unclaimed property from one status to the next based on applicable laws
  • Sending notifications and reports to relevant government entities

 

Each uncashed check is subject to the escheatment laws of the payee’s home state. If you are managing escheatment manually, consult an expert on each jurisdiction’s laws or contact the applicable municipalities to ensure proper compliance.

 

To learn how Automated Escheatment Service can save time, energy and resources, read our e-book. For additional information or to schedule a demo, connect with a U.S. Bank relationship manager

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