Bruce Wright

What a Captive Insurer Should Know about the Federal Excise Tax

The federal excise tax (FET) is imposed at the federal level on insurance premiums or reinsurance premiums that are paid by a US person to a foreign non-US person with regard to US risks. Bruce Wright, partner at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, discusses what captive owners should know about FET.
June 24, 2019 Read More
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Key Issues for Micro-Captives during an IRS Audit

The current state of the law regarding captives in the US Tax Court is important for micro-captive owners as they consider what approach to take going forward. A thorough review of the captive program can help establish an informed basis for decision-making both before and during an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit.
May 22, 2019 Read More
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Some Captive Owners May Be Affected by the LB&I Campaign on Form 5471

On April 16, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Large Business and International Division (LB&I) announced three additional compliance campaigns, one of which relates to Form 5471 and may have application to shareholders of some captive insurance companies.
May 01, 2019 Read More
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What a Captive Insurer Should Know about the 953(d) Tax Election

Bruce Wright, partner at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, discusses section 953(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Under section 953(d) of the IRC, non-US-domiciled captive insurers may elect to be taxed as if they were domestic companies for all purposes of the IRC.
April 22, 2019 Read More
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For the 5th Consecutive Year, Captives Make IRS "Dirty Dozen" List

For the fifth consecutive year, abusive micro-captive insurance companies found their way to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) annual "Dirty Dozen" listing. Where last year's listing told taxpayers to be wary, the IRS uses a more aggressive tone in the 2019 listing.
April 01, 2019 Read More
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Washington State Collects $3.6 Million from Costco's Captive Insurer

Arizona-domiciled NW Re Limited, a captive insurance company owned by Costco Wholesale Corp., will pay $3.6 million in premium taxes, penalties, interest, and a fine in a settlement it reached with Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.
March 14, 2019 Read More
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Captive Insurance Compliance and Direct Procurement Taxes

Bruce Wright, partner at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, discusses direct procurement taxes in the context of captive insurance. Most states have a statute that is either a direct placement statute or an industrial insured statute. An ongoing issue for captive insurers is the compliance concern with direct placement taxes.
March 13, 2019 Read More
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Captive Insurance and State and Local Income Tax Issues

According to Bruce Wright of Eversheds Sutherland, state and local income taxes are an evolving issue that concerns captive insurers. He says some states are challenging whether a captive insurer's income should be included with combined income when determining the overall income tax of the parent.
February 11, 2019 Read More
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Reserve Mechanical Contemplation and Further Discussion

Alan Fine of Brown Smith Wallace contemplates the conclusions reached and supporting rationale used by the US Tax Court in the second small captive case, "Reserve Mechanical Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue," and believes there are a few areas that continue to warrant discussion.
January 31, 2019 Read More
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Proposed Regulations Clarify the BEAT and FATCA

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued two sets of proposed regulations that clarify the application of the base-erosion anti-abuse tax (BEAT) and the treatment of insurance premiums under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Eversheds Sutherland explains the proposed regulations and offers key takeaways.
January 16, 2019 Read More
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Captive Insurers Allowed 18 Months To Self-Report to Washington State

Washington State Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler, has offered captive insurance companies that have "unlawfully" insured any risk in Washington State in the past 15 years the chance to pay a substantially reduced fine and premium tax penalty for self-reporting this activity.
December 11, 2018 Read More
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What Is a Micro-Captive?

A micro-captive is a small captive insurance company that may be taxed under Internal Revenue Code § 831(b) and may pay tax on investment income only. What is a micro-captive? Read further to find out!
November 19, 2018 Read More
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Reserve Mechanical, Part II: Motion for Reconsideration Denied

P. Bruce Wright and Saren Goldner extract the salient features of the US Tax Court's denial (without comment) of the taxpayer's motion for reconsideration in the "Reserve Mechanical" case. In order to seek any further relief, the taxpayer will need to appeal the case.
September 21, 2018 Read More

Small Captive Insurance Program Exit Planning

After two consecutive losses for taxpayers involved in small captive insurance programs, some may consider exiting their small captive insurance program. Exiting a captive, however, may be time consuming and expensive. Many captive owners will need to take into account numerous issues and make some difficult decisions.
September 04, 2018 Read More
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Illinois Governor Supports Captive Provisions in Vetoed Legislation

Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation Sunday that would set new minimum capital and surplus requirements for captive insurance companies licensed in Illinois. The governor said he supported the captive provisions in the legislation to make Illinois more attractive to companies using captive insurance.
August 27, 2018 Read More
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"Micro-Captive" Tax Updates from the North Carolina Captive Conference

At the North Carolina captive conference, Charles "Chaz" Lavelle, senior partner, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, discussed Internal Revenue Code Section 831(b) changes over the last year.
August 24, 2018 Read More
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Microsoft's Captive Tax Issues Not Applicable in Most Other States

At the North Carolina captive insurance conference, Bruce Wright, a partner at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, shared some insights surrounding Microsoft Corporation's Arizona captive insurance company (Cypress Insurance Company) payment of more than $875,000 for unpaid premium taxes and interest and penalties to the state of Washington.
August 23, 2018 Read More
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Transfer Pricing and Captive Insurance: The Importance of Substance

Transfer pricing is the number one international tax issue facing multinational enterprises. For tax purposes, transfer prices should be determined in accordance with the arm's-length principle. The arm's-length principle also applies to captive insurance and whether insurance premiums paid to a captive insurance company are arm's length or not.
August 22, 2018 Read More
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Microsoft Settles, Washington Asks Captives To "Pay Their Fair Share"

Microsoft Corporation's Arizona captive insurance company will pay more than $875,000 for unpaid premium taxes and interest and penalties, ending a cease-and- desist order issued in May by State of Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.
August 15, 2018 Read More
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An Explanation of Captive Insurance and Direct Placement Taxes

Bruce Wright of Eversheds Sutherland explains the Dodd-Frank legislation and direct placement taxes. Direct placement taxes (direct procurement taxes) apply to surplus lines placements as well as placements with any nonadmitted company, such as a captive insurer. The "home state" controls where the payment of this tax is concerned.
August 15, 2018 Read More