Unclaimed Property: Why Your Company Can't Afford NOT To Be In Compliance

Webinar: ID# 1020426
Recorded CD
About This Course:
This webinar will arm the attendee with knowledge of the current unclaimed property legal and compliance landscape, as well as the core obligations imposed on companies that hold property that is owed to, or owned by, another party.

Understand the importance of implementing a robust compliance function as well as risk mitigation techniques that can stave off material assessments of liability.

  • Unclaimed Property 101: What Is It? Who Has It? Who Wants It? Where Does It Go?
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: State Enforcement Efforts, Owner Lawsuits
  • The "Flip Side of the Coin" – Voluntary Disclosure Agreements
  • Complex Accounting and Legal Issues Associated With Unclaimed Property Laws
  • Audit Defense Best Practices and Planning in This Arena
  • Current Trends and the Future of Unclaimed Property
About The Presenters

Michael M. Giovannini
  • Senior associate in the Alston & Bird LLP’s SALT practice
  • Focuses practice on advising clients and providing practical planning services with respect to various state and local tax issues, with an emphasis on the sales and use tax issues associated with online sales, cloud computing and digital goods
  • Has experience representing clients in disputes with revenue departments at both the administrative and judicial levels
  • Advises clients regarding unclaimed property planning issues and representing clients in unclaimed property audits
  • Unclaimed property practice includes extensive experience with gift card laws and the structuring of gift card programs
  • Frequent contributor to numerous national, state and local tax publications, including State Tax Notes, and co-wrote Bloomberg BNA’s Multistate Tax Management portfolio entitled “Unclaimed Property”
Matthew P. Hedstrom
  • Partner in the Alston & Bird LLP’s New York office
  • Focuses practice on state and local tax planning and controversy and addresses clients’ multistate tax issues, including state income tax apportionment, tax base, business/nonbusiness income determinations, telecommunications and sales/use tax nexus, sourcing and taxability issues and unclaimed property matters
  • Has been published on a wide variety of state tax and unclaimed property topics in different journals, including State Tax Notes and Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, and co-wrote Bloomberg BNA’s Multistate Tax Management portfolio entitled “Unclaimed Property”
  • Regularly speaks on state and local tax matters and is the managing editor of the State and Local Tax Edition of the American Bar Association’s Tax Lawyer
Kendall L. Houghton
  • Leads the Alston & Bird LLP’s SALT practice
  • Nationally recognized expert whose practice focuses on state and local tax planning, tax controversies and unclaimed property/escheat matters
  • Previously served as general counsel to the Council On State Taxation (COST), where she filed U.S. Supreme Court briefs in cases impacting state taxation of multistate commerce and led a tax policy initiative addressing taxation of Internet transactions
  • Has represented clients on a multi-jurisdictional basis with respect to significant tax disputes; negotiated favorable settlements with state and local jurisdictions; developed and advocated state tax policy and legislative positions that benefited client interests; and collaborated with clients to design transactional and organizational structures that have optimized direct and indirect tax burdens
  • Advises clients with respect to unclaimed property/escheat compliance, voluntary disclosure initiatives, planning opportunities, single- and multi-state audit defense, and litigation of state unclaimed property assessments
  • Featured speaker at national state tax conferences and schools and co-author of Bloomberg BNA’s Multistate Tax Management portfolio entitled “Unclaimed Property”
Unclaimed Property: Why Your Company Can't Afford NOT To Be In Compliance
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