The following words or terms, when used in this Chapter, shall have the following meaning, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Administrator" means the Administrator of the Unclaimed Property Division of the Office of the State Treasurer.
"Aggregate reporting" means the reporting of monies in the aggregate when the monies are due unknown owners, or reporting of property less than fifty dollar ($50.00) amounts which are not one of a recurring number of continuous payments, including, but not limited to, royalties, annuities, dividends, distributions, and other sums presumed abandoned pursuant to subsection D of Section 655 of this title.
"Apparent owner" means the name of the owner who appears, from the records of the holder, to be the owner of the unclaimed property held by the holder.
"Attorney general" means the Chief Legal Officer of the State of Oklahoma.
"Audit costs" means any cost incurred during the normal course of an audit. Costs shall include travel, lodging, meals, hourly cost, and miscellaneous costs such as toll, parking, etc. Travel, lodging, and meals will be computed at the statutorily mandated cost as set forth by Oklahoma statutes. [See: 74 O.S. §§500.1 et seq.]
"Claim" means the demand with the necessary supporting ownership documents made by any person, who has or appears to have an interest in the unclaimed property or the proceeds from the sale of unclaimed property.
"Claimant" means a person or entity making a claim, who has stated his interest in the unclaimed property or the proceeds from the sale of unclaimed property.
"Claims process" means the review process designed to match claimant documentation submitted in support of the claim, to the information reported by the holder for the purpose of returning unclaimed or abandoned property to the rightful owner. Claims inquiries, submitted by claimants on appropriate claim forms, are reviewed by the designated employees of the Office of State Treasurer authorized to make recommendations to the Treasurer for payment or delivery of unclaimed property, or proceeds thereof, to the claimant.
"Commission" or "Tax Commission" means the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
"Current balance" means all monies held for an owner which has accrued to the "as of" date for the current report year.
"Date of last transaction" means the last date of owner contact or owner generated activity, or the date when property became due and payable. For mineral interest proceeds, the "date of the last transaction" means the first payable date of monies due the owner, the pooling order date, or in the case of unsigned division orders, the date monies first became due and payable to other owners in the same property.
"Documentation" means information supplied to the Office of State Treasurer by the claimant and/or the holder, which is used as a basis to determine ownership of the property which has been deemed to be abandoned or unclaimed. Insufficient documentation will result in claims denial.
"Domicile" means the state of incorporation of a holder or the state of the principal place of business of an unincorporated holder.
"Hearing" means an administrative review of a decision made by the Unclaimed Property Division of the Office of State Treasurer, held before a hearing examiner designated by the State Treasurer, to resolve a formal protest filed by a holder or a claimant against the decision made by the Unclaimed Property Division. After the review of the documentation and, based upon the recommendations of the hearing examiner, the Treasurer issues an Order stating the final decision.
"Holder" means any person, partnership, corporation, or any other form of legal or commercial entity who has filed or is required to file an unclaimed property report(s) with the Treasurer under the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.
"Income" or "Increment" means any increases in the amount of unclaimed property, including but not limited to, dividends, interest, or additional royalty payments due after the property was initially reported to the Treasurer.
"Inquiry" means a request for information concerning an apparent owner of unclaimed property.
"Intangible personal property" means:
(A) monies, checks, drafts, deposits, interests, dividends and income;
(B) credit balances, customer overpayments, gift certificates, security deposits, refunds, credit memos, unpaid wages, unused airline tickets, and unidentified remittances.
(C) stocks and other intangible ownership interests in business associations;
(D) monies deposited to redeem stocks, bonds, coupons and other securities, or to make distributions;
(E) amounts due and payable under the terms of insurance policies;
(F) amounts due and payable under the terms of mining or mineral leases; and
(G) amounts distributable from trusts or custodial funds established under a plan to provide health, welfare, pension, vacation, severance, retirement, death, stock purchase, profit sharing, employee savings, supplemental unemployment insurance, or similar benefits.
"Last known address" means the address of an apparent owner of unclaimed property as shown on the records of the holder for the purpose of delivery of mail.
"Listed owner" means the name of the apparent owner as reported by the holder.
"Memorandum" means a mark, symbol, or statement indicating knowledge of or interest in funds on deposit.
"Mineral proceeds" means net revenue interest, royalties, overriding royalties, production payments, payments under joint operating agreements including working interests, lease bonuses, delay rentals, shut-in royalties, minimum royalties, and all other proceeds resulting from production and sale of mineral interests and acquisition and retention of mineral leases.
"No last known address or address unknown" means that the holder's records do not show any last known address of the owner or show that the address of the owner is unknown.
"Office of State Treasurer" or "OST" means the agency governed by the State Treasurer.
"Owner" means a person, or his legal representative, who has a legal or equitable interest in the property that is subject to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Examples of an owner include, but are not limited to, a depositor in the case of a deposit, a beneficiary in the case of a trust, a creditor, claimant, or payee in the case of other intangible property. If a property is owned by more than one person, the presumption of abandonment shall occur when the property has been abandoned by all owners for the applicable abandonment period.
"Person" means an individual, business association, state or other government, governmental subdivision or agency, public corporation, public authority, estate, trust, two or more persons having a joint or common interest, or any other legal or commercial entity.
"Service charges, cessation of interest or dividend payments due to dormancy or inactivity" means imposition of charges or discontinuance of interest or dividend payments due to dormancy or inactivity after giving reasonable notice to the owner of the property. The owner may be notified at the time the account is opened, by mailing a schedule of service charges or brochure containing interest or dividend payment policy, or by incorporating such service charge and interest or dividend payment policies in the form of a statement in the Rules, Regulations, or Bylaws of the holder.
"Treasurer" or "State Treasurer" means the duly elected or appointed State Treasurer of Oklahoma.
"Unclaimed Property Division"means the division of employees within the Office of State Treasurer designated to administer the Oklahoma Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, 60 O.S. §§651 et seq.
"Undelivered shares" means any certificate or other instrument of ownership which represents shares of stock of a business association, which is still in the possession of the issuer, holder or transfer agent or broker.
"Underlying shares" means the intangible ownership interest or shares of stock of a business association, which are no longer in the possession of the issuer, holder, transfer agent, or broker and the dividends or distributions as a result of the interest have been presumed abandoned.
"Voucher" means a payment instrument issued by OST to the claimant.
[Source: Transferred from 710:80-1-2 at 60 O.S., § 688, eff 7-1-99 (see Editor’s Notice published at 17 Ok Reg 217); Amended at 17 Ok Reg 2167, eff 6-12-00; Amended at 19 Ok Reg 2476, eff 6-27-02; Amended at 21 Ok Reg 2879, eff 7-11-04]