Captive Insurance Issues and Trends 2017
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A reciprocal insurance company is an arrangement through which mutual promises of the participants are exchanged with respect to their insurance risks. While not a separately incorporated company, it is characterized as an insurance company for federal tax purposes.
Direct procurement taxes, also known as self-procurement taxes, are imposed by many states when an insured purchases insurance from an insurer not licensed in the state. These taxes can drive up the cost associated with buying insurance from a captive. This article is a primer on direct procurement taxes and how they operate.
For the third consecutive year, what it calls "abusive micro-captives" make an appearance on the IRS's annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams in 2017. This article points out some important distinctions in the messaging around the IRS's 2017 announcement as compared to last year.
Section 831(b) of the Internal Revenue Code may be elected by qualifying captives to exempt the captive insurer's underwriting profits from federal income tax. This article discusses the prerequisites that must be met as well as the transactions of interest reporting requirements.
This article discusses the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and how FATCA's requirements affect captives. FATCA's provisions operate to encourage compliance with US information reporting requirements by imposing a withholding tax on those that fail to comply.
One common captive structure is an insurance company owned by a single US corporation (a "single-parent captive"), which insures the risks of its parent and/or brother/sister companies. In some cases, single-parent captives cover risks of third parties as well as related party risk. The US federal income tax treatment of a single-parent captive and its owner depends in part on whose risk the captive insures and on whether the captive is a US company or a non-US company. This article summarizes the basic tax rules applicable to single-parent captives and their owners in various situations.
Generally, premiums paid for insurance are deductible for federal income tax purposes in the year paid if the policy is an annual policy and are amortized over the policy period for a multiyear policy. In addressing the question of when premiums paid to a captive insurance company are deductible for federal income tax purposes, the key determination is whether the coverage provided by the captive will be respected as insurance for federal income tax purposes. A number of factors need to be taken into account when making that determination.
Captive.com editor Dan Labrie recently attended Arent Fox law firm’s seminar on “What to Expect from Our New President and Congress.” After hearing the presentation on the President-elect’s promise of comprehensive tax reform, Mr. Labrie made the following observations.
Here is a message that needs to be delivered to all those involved in advising, regulating, or legislating tax policy: captive insurance companies are genuine risk management organizations that add value to their owners.
Tax reform is on the agenda not only in the United States but elsewhere in the world, as well. A report of Oxfam, a global antipoverty agency, has joined those calling for corporate tax reform, and the Bermuda Business Development Agency responded quickly.