- Resolve Outstanding Liabilities. The biggest threat caused by past-due obligations comes from a state (or multistate) audit. It is often companies who have the best intentions that unwittingly overlook their obligations or do not fully understand them. The laws of unclaimed property reporting are complex and unyielding and leave companies to face fines and penalties and risk incurring a reputation which they do not deserve.
- Develop a Corporate Philosophy Regarding Due Diligence. Due diligence means mitigating liability to unclaimed property at its source. You need to find the missing people and assist them to reconcile their accounts.
- Reconcile Accounts to Prevent Overpayment. Part of the process of due diligence must include a reconciliation of all the accounts so you can identify and eliminate any duplicate payments and other accounting errors that will cost you money.
- Document a Formal Compliance Roadmap. In today’s corporate governance-driven environment it is essential to have a working environment where compliant behavior is compulsory and your executives are wholly committed to openness throughout the entire company. You must put your compliance expectations on a formal footing and include everyone who is involved in the system.
- Encourage Continuous Learning and Review. Regular in-house training sessions should be held to talk about legal changes and to reinforce your company’s policies and procedures. Become more proactive where unclaimed property strategy is concerned by encouraging industry interaction from your managers so they are up-to-date with any new requirements. They also need to understand the latest trends and be aware of any impending legislation.
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