Holders who respond within 60 days of sending the letter can complete the Delaware Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA) program. Under this program, a holder would self-check his books and records in exchange for waiving the state`s interest and penalties for unclaimed property filed late. As noted in the letter, licensees who do not enroll in the VDA program on time are referred to Delaware State Escheator and the Department of Finance for an audit by an external auditor. After the exam, licensees can no longer participate in the VDA program. Because third-party auditors enter into contracts with several states, Delaware`s financial statements could also result in multi-state control of the unclaimed ownership of the licensees. Note: A new Department of State Voluntary Disclosure Agreement website has been launched: vda.delaware.gov One last thing is that many other countries also offer VDA programs that can be used in conjunction with a Delaware VDA or as a fully autonomous process. The comprehensive approach to unclaimed property compliance allows a company to save time and resources and reconcile them in the most effective and effective way possible with voluntary disclosure programs. Delaware`s deputy secretary general announced this week, via email to interested parties, that a new series of invitation letters would be sent to invite them to participate in the state`s unsolicited Voluntary Property Sending (VDA) program. For more information about the program, see vda.delaware.gov After companies have received an invitation from the Delaware Secretary of State (DE SOS) to enroll in delaware`s Voluntary Unsolicited Property Commissioning Program (VDA), companies have 60 days to decide whether they wish to register or not. If a company is unable to register, it is immediately referred to the Delaware Secretary of Finance (DE SOF) for forcible integration into the state`s unsolicited real estate audit program. Delaware`s unclaimed real estate program has undergone significant changes in recent years, and many companies are now receiving letters inviting them into Delaware`s Voluntary Unclaimed Disclosure Agreement (VDA).
If your company has received a letter, you should know some things: Ms. Mayrack also detailed a new annual compliance audit process and changes to unsolicited real estate auditing in Delaware and voluntary compliance initiatives. These changes include a significant change in position for licensees who have received an invitation to enroll in the voluntary disclosure program managed by the Delaware Secretary of State. Immediate measures recommended for companies that receive letters from Delaware regarding voluntary disclosure agreements for unclaimed real estate. If you opt for the voluntary disclosure program and need help to meet the various benefits and requirements, the Keane team, the National Consulting – Advisory Services Team is ready to help.