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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 5533

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 2528

 

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Referred to Committee on JUDICIARY

 

Introduced by:

 

(JUD)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIME PERIOD FOR FUNDS TO ESCHEAT TO THE STATE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 3-57a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(a) The following property held or owing by a banking or financial organization is presumed abandoned unless the owner thereof is known to be living by an officer of such organization:

(1) Any demand or savings deposit made in this state with a banking organization, together with any interest or dividend thereon, excluding any charges that lawfully may be withheld, unless the owner has, within [three] seven years: (A) Increased or decreased the amount of the deposit, or presented the passbook or other similar evidence of the deposit for the crediting of interest; or (B) corresponded in writing with the banking organization concerning the deposit; or (C) otherwise indicated an interest in the deposit as evidenced by (i) a memorandum on file with the banking organization or (ii) the fact that the Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 sent from the banking organization to the owner is not returned to the banking organization by the United States Postal Service.

(2) Any matured time deposit made in this state with a banking organization, together with any interest or dividend thereon, excluding any charges that lawfully may be withheld, unless, within [three] seven years or, if the terms of the deposit account contract provide that the time deposit will be renewed unless the banking institution receives instructions to the contrary from the owner, within [three] seven years plus such additional time as is necessary to allow the renewed time deposit to reach maturity, the owner has: (A) Increased or decreased the amount of the deposit, or presented the passbook or other similar evidence of the deposit for the crediting of interest, or (B) corresponded in writing with the banking organization concerning the deposit, or (C) otherwise indicated an interest in the deposit as evidenced by (i) a memorandum on file with the banking organization or (ii) the fact that the Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 sent from the banking organization to the owner is not returned to the banking organization by the United States Postal Service.

(3) Any funds paid in this state toward the purchase of shares or other interest in a financial organization or any deposit made therewith, and any interest or dividends thereon, excluding any charges that lawfully may be withheld, unless the owner has within [three] seven years: (A) Increased or decreased the amount of the investment or deposit, or presented an appropriate record for the crediting of interest or dividends thereon; or (B) corresponded in writing with the financial organization concerning the investment or deposit; or (C) otherwise indicated an interest in the funds as evidenced by (i) a memorandum on file with the financial organization or (ii) the fact that the Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 sent from the financial organization to the owner is not returned to the financial organization by the United States Postal Service.

(4) Any sum payable on checks certified in this state or on written instruments issued in this state on which a banking or financial organization is directly liable, including, but not limited to, money orders, drafts and traveler's checks, which has been outstanding for more than [three] seven years from the date payable, or from the date of its issuance if payable on demand, unless the owner has within such [three] seven years corresponded in writing with the banking or financial organization concerning it, or otherwise indicated an interest as evidenced by (i) a memorandum on file with the banking or financial organization or (ii) the fact that the Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 sent from the banking or financial organization to the owner is not returned to the banking or financial organization by the United States Postal Service.

(5) Any funds or other personal property reposing in or removed from a safe deposit box or any other safekeeping repository in this state on which the lease or rental period has expired owing to nonpayment of rent or other reason, which have been unclaimed by the owner for more than five years from the date on which the lease or rental period expired.

(b) With respect to any funds subject to the provisions of subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) of subsection (a) of this section which are held or owing for purposes of a self-employed retirement plan or an individual retirement account, established in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and federal regulations related thereto, such funds shall be presumed abandoned in accordance with said subdivisions (1), (2) and (3), provided in no event shall such presumption of abandonment be applicable to such funds prior to the end of a period of six months immediately following the date on which distribution of funds under any such plan, to the person for whose benefit such funds have been contributed, is required to commence under said provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2016

3-57a

JUD

Joint Favorable