A.M. Best said that the impact of tax reform is generally a positive for US-domiciled captives and a mixed bag for offshore captive insurance companies, though in some cases, it is a positive for offshore captives that have made the section 953(d) election under the Internal Revenue Code.
The Tax Court of New Jersey recently rendered an interesting decision regarding direct placement taxes. Eversheds Sutherland discusses Johnson & Johnson v. Director, Division of Taxation and Commissioner, Department of Banking and Insurance.
On June 18, 2018, the US Tax Court issued its opinion in Reserve Mechanical Corp. v. Commissioner, holding for the IRS. Eversheds Sutherland says that the facts of the case appear substantially similar to LTR 201609008, issued by the IRS in 2016.
In a new opinion, the US tax court found that Reserve Mechanical Corp., a captive insurer incorporated in Anguilla and owned by Peak Casualty Holdings, LLC, failed to qualify as an insurance company for federal income tax purposes under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(15).
The end of 2017 delivered uncertain tidings concerning what effect the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would have on the captive insurance industry. While the law affects larger captive insurers, changes are less significant for smaller captives. Management Services International provides its view on the tax law and small captive insurance companies.