IMPORTANT NOTICE: Policy Guidance Change
Reporting Standards for Business Associations (i.e. Securities)


Effective immediately, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is implementing a Policy Guidance change related to the reporting standards by which securities are determined to be abandoned and unclaimed, and thus, reportable to Treasury.


This policy pertains solely to property subject to 72 P.S. §1301.6(2) and (3), Property Held by Business Associations. For shares of stock that are reported to Treasury as unclaimed property, it is Treasury’s intention to ensure that property received by Treasury is truly abandoned and unclaimed. The inclusion of a “lost contact” standard is intended to prevent the reporting of securities that are not abandoned, but merely held in a passive investment account. The property in question under this section pertains to varying non-retirement equity investment accounts, including but not limited to cash dividend accounts, dividend reinvestment plan accounts and non-dividend paying accounts.


As a consequence, Treasury will require business associations to satisfy a double threshold before the property under §1301.6(2) and (3) is deemed to be “abandoned and unclaimed.” Before the property is considered “unclaimed,” and therefore reportable to the Commonwealth, the


  1. holder must have “lost contact” with the owner; and
  2. the owner has not expressed any indication of interest (i.e. activity) for a period of three (3) years.

A full explanation of the Policy Guidance is available at: http://patreasury.gov/pdf/unclaimed-property/Policy-Guidance-Business-Associations.pdf


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Holder Reporting

Holders of Unclaimed Property are financial institutions, insurers, utilities, business associations, medical facilities, sole proprietors, fiduciaries, courts, public officers, government entities and all legal or commercial entities that must file a report with the Pennsylvania Treasury if they have reportable unclaimed property. Writing dormant accounts off into income does not negate the obligation to report and deliver unclaimed property. Under the Unclaimed Property Act, Holders have a duty to report property of value that is lost, forgotten, or held without activity by its rightful owner for a period of time defined by law.



Reportable Property and How to File

If you are a holder of unclaimed property and have held the property for the required dormancy period, it must be reported. All reports should be electronic. For more information, please refer to our Holder Reporting Booklet which includes instructions for preparing and filing tangible and intangible unclaimed property reports.


Due Diligence

Due Diligence is required in Pennsylvania effective September 10, 2016. Please see section 1301.10a from Pennsylvania’s statute for specific details.


A negative report is simple, one page report by a holder indicating they have no unclaimed property to report to the Pennsylvania Treasury. Negative reports are not statutorily required; however, since you have reviewed your books to determine no unclaimed property liability exists, we encourage you to take a few more minutes to file a voluntary negative report with Treasury. It is a quick and easy way to maintain a record of compliance with us.


The Bureau of Unclaimed Property encourages businesses to voluntarily comply with Pennsylvania’s Unclaimed Property Law by filing a report annually by April 15. For businesses that have never filed a report or may have overlooked certain property types, and would like to come into compliance, Treasury offers a Voluntary Disclosure Agreement to bring companies up-to-date with their annual filing while receiving a waiver of penalties and interest. Please note, this agreement must be signed by the business’ corporate officer and approved by Treasury prior to filing the report. This agreement is not needed if filing a negative report.


Create and File Your Report

HRS Pro Software

Free web based version. (200 property limit)

Your encrypted report can be:

  1. Uploaded to our secure holder website
  2. E-mailed to report@patreasury.gov
  3. Written to a CD and mailed.
*Please note that you may use any software program that creates an encrypted NAUPA file.


You may securely upload your report using any NAUPA-formatted file using our Secure Online Reporting


All reports should be filed using electronic software. In the event that computer access is unavailable, you may mail a paper report with your remittance.


Payment Options

ACH and Wire Remittances

Email report@patreasury.gov for instructions on filing your payment electronically.

Holder Compliance

The Bureau of Unclaimed Property encourages businesses to voluntarily comply with Pennsylvania’s Unclaimed Property Law by filing a report annually by April 15. For businesses that have never filed a report or may have overlooked certain property types, and would like to come into compliance, Treasury offers a Voluntary Disclosure Agreement to bring companies up-to-date with their annual filing while receiving a waiver of penalties and interest. Please note, this agreement must be signed by the business’ corporate officer and approved by Treasury prior to filing the report. This agreement is not needed if filing a negative report.


If in the course of compiling your annual report of unclaimed property you find that you will not be able to get your report finished in time for the April 15th deadline, you can request an extension.


What do you need to do when you have property that has not yet reached the dormancy period and you’d like to report early? You’ll need to complete the Early Remittance Request form. Please be aware that property must be at least a year old before early remittance will be approved. Also, remember our dormancy period for the majority of unclaimed property is now three years, not five, so this may affect your need for early remittance.


Holders Remitting Funds and Reports

Courier Deliveries

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bureau of Unclaimed Property
    Lockbox 53473
    101 North Independence Mall East
    Philadelphia, PA 19106


  • 1 (800) 379 3999

United States Postal Service Deliveries

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bureau of Unclaimed Property
    P.O. Box 783473
    Philadelphia, PA 19178-3473


  • 1 (800) 379 3999