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Captive Insurance Industry Code of Ethics Adopted in North Carolina

The North Carolina Captive Insurance Association (NCCIA) recently adopted a code of ethics designed to maintain a high-quality captive insurance industry. The code of ethics is believed to be the first one created for the captive insurance industry. Atlas Insurance Management is one of the first captive insurance management firms to sign a written pledge to adhere to the 10 principles of the new code.
August 07, 2015 Read More
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New Online Captive Insurance Courses Offer CE and CPE Credit

A new Captive Insurance CE Learning Center, featuring online courses on captive insurance and related topics, is now open. Offered as a service of Captive.com, the learning center currently includes one course: Captives as Risk Retention Mechanisms. In July a second course, Property and Casualty Reinsurance Fundamentals, will be included, and a third course, Captives as Risk Transfer Mechanisms, will be added in August.
June 24, 2015 Read More

Treasury and IRS Issue New Proposed PFIC Regulations Aimed at Hedge Fund Reinsurers

Passive foreign investment company (PFIC) regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to close reinsurer PFIC loophole.
May 06, 2015 Read More

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Captive-Related IRS Analysis: Everything but the Kitchen Sink

On August 14, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) 201533011, in which the IRS determined that the excess loss insurance contracts at issue do not qualify as insurance for US federal income tax purposes. The CCA is the latest indication of the IRS's position on the ongoing issue of what is insurance and continues the IRS's reliance on the common sense insurance prong of the test for insurance to bolster its conclusions on the other prongs of the test.
August 26, 2015 Read More
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Validus Court Holds FET Not Applicable to Foreign Reinsurance

Validus holding that federal excise tax (FET) does not apply to foreign reinsurance transactions is affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
May 27, 2015 Read More
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Healthmark Case Changes Brother-Sister Captive Tax Treatment

Captive insurance involving single-member limited liability companies may now qualify as insurance for tax purposes due to a recent decision in the Healthmark case.
April 06, 2015 Read More
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IRS Dirty Dozen Abusive Tax Structures Single Out Micro-Captives

In IR-2015-19, the IRS explained that 831(b) micro-captives may be considered abusive tax structures and outlined determining criteria.
February 06, 2015 Read More

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Captive Insurers: Communication Can Affect Image and Bottom Line

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Captive insurers, like commercial insurers, typically expend 60 percent or more of their premium dollars for losses and loss adjustment expenses. The claims philosophy of the captive and how that is communicated can have a substantial impact on the image of the captive owner or members as well as the captive’s bottom line.
October 13, 2015 Read More

Captive Insurance, Self-Insurance May Offer Employee Healthcare Savings

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Spring Consulting Group, LLC, has published a white paper for businesses and other organizations considering ways to continue offering health insurance coverage to their employees.
October 12, 2015 Read More

Captive Insurance Education—Are You Taking Advantage of IRMI Online Courses?

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During the fourth quarter of the year, many professionals face the need to complete the continuing education requirements to renew their licenses or certifications. If you are among them, it would be advantageous for you to consider one or more International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI), online courses.
October 09, 2015 Read More

Captive Insurance Symposium Planned in Connecticut

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“Understanding the Possibilities: Captive Solutions for Optimizing Capital” is the theme for the Connecticut Captive Insurance Association 2015 Symposium on Captive Insurance in Connecticut planned for October 15, 2015, at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.
October 08, 2015 Read More

Microcaptives Guidance Topic of CICA Webinar

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Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) hosted 100 participants October 6, 2015, at its "Doing Micro-Captives the Right Way: Guidance from CICA's New Information Statement" webinar, where CICA's August 17, 2015, Information Statement Regarding Micro-Captives was the focus of the discussion.
October 07, 2015 Read More

Captive Insurance Domicile Considerations and Reviews in October CICR

The October 2015 issue of Captive Insurance Company Reports (CICR) is a must-read for organizations and businesses considering the formation of a captive.
October 06, 2015 Read More

Group Health Self-Insurer Cost Savings Arrangements Focus of Article

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Contracting with an accountable care organization (ACO) could afford high-quality and cost-efficient care for self-insured plan participants, according to Milliman actuaries Anders Larson and Paul Houchens in their article, titled “Introduction to shared savings arrangements and ACOs,” for the September 2015 issue of Milliman's Benefits Perspectives: Current Issues in Employee Benefits.
October 05, 2015 Read More

Captive Insurance Industry Survival Strategy Offered at NRRA Conference

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Is your captive struggling to survive in this soft insurance market? Panelists offered their advice during "Soft Market Survival Guide," a September 30 presentation at the National Risk Retention Association (NRRA) National Conference 2015, held September 29 through October 1 in Chicago.
October 02, 2015 Read More

Captive Insurance and Reinsurance for Health Care Topic of Bermuda Development Agency Webinar

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The healthcare insurance market is in a state of flux, and Bermuda is uniquely positioned to benefit, according to the three speakers at the "Healthcare Captives and Reinsurance" webinar sponsored by the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) September 30, 2015.
October 02, 2015 Read More