Legislation given final approval last week by Washington State lawmakers will set new requirements for captive insurance companies licensed in other domiciles but doing business in Washington. The legislation creates new fee and premium tax requirements for captives insuring Washington-based risks.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is urging participants in abusive micro-captive arrangements to exit those arrangements as soon as possible. The IRS said it has increased examinations of micro-captive arrangements and noted that it recently won another US Tax Court micro-captive case.
Legislation approved March 9 by the Washington State Senate would set new requirements for captive insurance companies licensed in other domiciles but doing business in Washington State. Under the legislation, captives licensed elsewhere and operating in Washington would be required to pay fees and premium taxes.
An independent report commissioned by Washington state concedes that a 2 percent tax on premiums paid to captive insurance companies insuring Washington-based risks will likely have a "material" effect on the future use of captive insurance and reduce the tax base it is targeting.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has responded to a request from the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association that the IRS withdraw letters sent to the "micro-captive" industry and that it suspend audits of so-called micro-captives until the COVID-19 crisis passes.
The claim by Johnson & Johnson for refund of insurance premium tax (IPT) (otherwise known in the industry as "direct placement tax"), which was paid to the State of New Jersey, seems to finally have been decided.
Rives & Associates, a North Carolina-based firm specializing in accounting, tax, and advisory services, has adopted the new name RH CPAs, PLLC, (RH) to support its growth and recognize an expanded leadership team. RH serves a broad base of clients throughout the United States and international markets.