Many states have begun to treat IRAs as unclaimed property even before the owner can take a tax-free distribution. But now the IRS has ruled that escheatment is equivalent to a distribution and subject to federal income tax withholding and reporting requirements. Our Unclaimed Property Group dives into this dilemma for holders, owners, and states alike. Revenue Ruling 2018-17 concludes that escheatment of an IRA is a designated distribution Holders must honor federal tax withholding and reporting rules upon escheat States are aggressively auditing IRAs Potential negative impact on [...]Read more
Our Unclaimed Property Group explores legislation introduced in the state Senate that if enacted, would prompt a sea change in Delaware law governing abandoned and unclaimed property.