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  447.539.  Report to treasurer on property presumed abandoned — content — filed, when — extension of filing time — location of owner, duties — penalty — assessment, reconsideration, interest — waiver — determination of amounts, estimation. — 1.  Every person holding funds or other property, tangible or intangible, presumed abandoned pursuant to sections 447.500 to 447.595 shall report to the treasurer with respect to the abandoned property as provided in this section.

  2.  The report shall be verified by the person filing the report and shall include:

  (1)  The name, if known, and last known address, if any, of each person appearing from the records of the holder to be the owner of any property of the value of fifty dollars or more presumed abandoned pursuant to sections 447.500 to 447.595;

  (2)  The nature and identifying number, if any, or description of the property and the amount appearing from the records to be due, except that items of value under fifty dollars each may be reported in aggregate;

  (3)  The date when the property became payable, demandable, or returnable, and the date of the last transaction with the owner with respect to the property; and

  (4)  Other information under the control of the holder which the treasurer prescribes by rule as necessary for the administration of sections 447.500 to 447.595; however, the treasurer shall not request a history of fees and charges on the property in question for information prior to the cutoff date for reporting.  

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Should the case be referred to the attorney general for legal action, the attorney general may examine records that are retained under the authority applicable to the entity's record retention law.

  3.  If the person holding property presumed abandoned is a successor to other persons who previously held the property for the owner, or if the holder has changed his or her name while holding the property, the person shall file with his or her report all prior known names and addresses of each holder of the property.

  4.  Except for the year ending June 30, 1984, the report shall be filed before November first of each year as of June thirtieth next preceding, but the report of life insurance corporations shall be filed before May first of each year as of December thirty-first next preceding.  The report for the year ending June 30, 1984, may be combined with the report for the year ending June 30, 1985, and may be included in the report due on November 1, 1985.  The treasurer may extend the reporting deadline for periods of thirty days upon written request by any person required to file a report.

  5.  If the holder of property presumed abandoned pursuant to sections 447.500 to 447.595 knows the whereabouts of the owner, if the owner's claim has not been barred by the statute of limitations, and the property involved is valued at fifty dollars or more, the holder shall, before filing the annual report, communicate with the owner and take necessary steps to prevent abandonment from being presumed.  The holder shall exercise such reasonable and necessary diligence as is consistent with good business practice to ascertain the whereabouts of such owner of property valued at fifty dollars or more within one year prior to reporting the property to the state treasurer.

  6.  Verification, if made by a partnership, shall be executed by a partner; if made by an unincorporated association or corporation, by an officer.

  7.  If the treasurer determines that the person holding property presumed abandoned failed to exercise such reasonable and necessary diligence as is consistent with good business practice to ascertain the whereabouts of a property owner, the treasurer may impose a penalty on such holder of up to twenty percent of the value of the property returned to the owner by the treasurer.

  8.  Any amount (including any penalty) assessed against a holder of property presumed abandoned by the treasurer pursuant to sections 447.500 to 447.595 shall be due and payable to the treasurer thirty days after the holder has received written notice of such assessment, unless the holder has filed a written request for reconsideration by the treasurer.  Any amount assessed against a holder upon reconsideration by the treasurer shall be deemed the final decision of the treasurer and shall be due and payable thirty days after the holder has received written notice of such final decision.  Any assessment that remains unpaid forty-five days after the holder has received written notice of the final decision by the treasurer shall accrue interest at the rate of one and one-half percent per month, which interest shall be added to and included in the amount due and payable to the treasurer.  The treasurer may, for good cause, waive in part, or in whole, any penalty (including interest) assessed against the holder pursuant to sections 447.500 to 447.595.  The treasurer is authorized to take the appropriate legal action necessary to collect any unpaid assessment pursuant to sections 447.500 to 447.595.  Any penalty imposed and collected by the treasurer pursuant to the provisions of sections 447.500 to 447.595 shall be deposited in the state general revenue fund.

  9.  The holder shall retain such records necessary to verify the relationship of the owner to the holder for a period of not less than five years subsequent to reporting the property to the treasurer.

  10.  If a holder has failed to retain records sufficient to allow the treasurer to determine the holder's compliance with sections 447.500 to 447.595, the treasurer shall use estimation techniques, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles to determine the amount of abandoned property that is reportable for and limited to the most current reportable abandonment period.  In cases where multiple states have examined a holder, the treasurer may use reasonable estimation techniques in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles to determine the holder's compliance with sections 447.500 to 447.595, for all reportable periods that were subject to the examination.  The amount determined by such methods shall be used as the amount of property presumed abandoned in the holder's report of such property to the treasurer.  The holder may contest the estimation techniques used by the treasurer in an appeal de novo to a circuit court of competent jurisdiction.

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(L. 1984 H.B. 1088 § 11, A.L. 1989 H.B. 506, A.L. 1993 H.B. 566, A.L. 1994 S.B. 757, A.L. 1998 H.B. 1510)


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