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More Companies Added to Delaware’s Growing List of Voluntary Disclosure Agreement Invitation Letters

Tax Development Oct 15, 2019

60-day window for responding will close in November

DALLAS (Oct. 15, 2019) ‒ Delaware has the most robust unclaimed property enforcement program in the country, often targeting companies incorporated in that state for audits that typically last multiple years and become a drain on internal resources. As part of a periodic and ongoing effort, it is the understanding of Ryan that Delaware sent Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA) Program invitations in September to dozens of large companies that are incorporated in Delaware. 

The VDA Program is a type of unclaimed property amnesty program in which companies can disclose previously unreported unclaimed property in exchange for a waiver of interest and penalties. However, according to the invitation letters, if a company receives one of these invitations and does not respond within 60 days, the company will be referred to the Delaware Department of Finance for audit. In other words, the invitation letters are, in reality, a first step toward a potential audit notice.

Because the 60-day window for responding to Delaware’s VDA invitation will close in November, time is of the essence for companies to conduct an internal review to find out whether an invitation letter, sent by the State via certified mail, was received by the CEO, CFO, or the company’s mailroom. These letters are typically sent to executive-level personnel because their names are publicly available.

Should your company receive a Delaware VDA invitation letter, one of Ryan’s unclaimed property professionals can discuss appropriate options for responding to the invitation.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION CONTACTS:  

Mark A. Paolillo 
Principal 
Ryan 
857288.976 
mark.paolillo@ryan.com

Susan Han 
Principal 
Ryan 
442.244.2447 
susan.han@ryan.com

Jeff Henshall
Principal 
Ryan 
404.682.1200 
jeff.henshall@ryan.com

Christopher Jensen
Principal 
Ryan 
469.399.4142 
christopher.jensen@ryan.com

The material presented in this communication is intended to provide general information only and should solely be seen as broad guidance and not directed to the particular facts or circumstances of any individual who may read this publication. No liability is accepted for acts or omissions taken in reliance upon the content of this piece. Before taking (or not taking) any action, readers should seek professional advice specific to their situation from Ryan, LLC or other tax professionals. For additional information about this topic, please contact us at info@ryan.com.