What Role Does Life Insurance Play in Estate Planning?

Estate planning is ever evolving. Many of the worries that plagued us in the past may not seem as important now, and new concerns may have cropped up that we could not have anticipated 10 or 20 years ago. But this doesn’t mean you should trash your existing estate plan; it simply means you should [...]

2021-06-21T09:45:06-05:00June 17th, 2021|INDIVIDUAL PLANNING, INSURANCE|

Insurance Companies and the IRS: What’s on the Horizon?

If you find your company in the midst of an IRS examination, do you know what you should expect throughout the process? Before setting expectations, it is essential to recognize how insurance accounting and taxation are specialized knowledge sets. Over the past decade, progressive budget cuts to the IRS agency have hindered the agency's ability [...]

2021-03-10T09:34:47-06:00March 10th, 2021|INSURANCE|

Insurance Companies and the IRS: A Downward Trend in Examinations

Most insurance companies may have experienced the occasional federal excise tax examination, but all has been quiet in recent history regarding income tax examinations. This likely has to do with some significant challenges the IRS has been facing. Anyone waiting on the IRS can attest to the gradual slowing of the IRS’ ability to process [...]

2021-02-15T15:35:11-06:00February 15th, 2021|INSURANCE|

COVID-19 From an Insurer’s Prospective

Although many authors have written the same message across different industries, these are unprecedented times that have our governments, health professionals, financial markets, and so many other industries. Everyone is scrambling to address what has happened and anticipate what may come next. These preparations include the insurance markets—state insurance departments around the U.S. are rushing [...]

2020-04-15T12:45:16-05:00April 15th, 2020|COVID-19, INSURANCE|

Investment Market Conditions and Financial Reporting – An Insurer’s Perspective

The coronavirus has been described by many as both a healthcare crisis and an economic crisis. This pandemic has wreaked havoc on both our healthcare systems and infrastructure, while also having an unprecedented impact on financial markets and investor confidence. Most insurance business models depend heavily on a successful investment portfolio strategy and, therefore, are [...]

2020-04-15T13:17:32-05:00April 15th, 2020|COVID-19, INSURANCE|

Insurance Policyholder Considerations for COVID-19

The effects of the COVID-19 virus are only beginning to be felt within our communities and across the nation. Both business leaders and employees are looking for answers to difficult questions as we work to control both the spread of the virus and the economic effects after its curtailment, resulting in significant insurance policyholder considerations [...]

IRS Micro-Captive Insurance Settlement Offer Expires; Enforcement Efforts Will Increase

The IRS has announced acceptance rates for a time-limited settlement offer made to certain taxpayers under audit who participated in abusive micro-captive insurance transactions. Nearly 80% of taxpayers who received offer letters elected to accept the settlement terms. The settlement offer followed three U.S. Tax Court decisions confirming that certain micro-captive arrangements are not eligible [...]

2020-02-11T10:39:06-06:00February 11th, 2020|CAPTIVE INSURANCE, INSURANCE|

Changes to Loss Reserve Discount Factors for 2018 Insurance Company Tax Returns

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made the following changes to the discounting rules for non-life insurance companies for taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017: repealed the election of a company to use its own historical loss payment patterns for discounting purposes; amended the computational rules for determining loss payment patterns; and established [...]

2019-06-24T14:42:05-05:00June 24th, 2019|INSURANCE|

Captive Insurance Taxation

A captive insurance company (or “captive”) is a licensed insurer generally established to meet the risk management needs of a specific company or group of companies. Captive structures are primarily formed either to supplement existing insurance coverages, fund blocks of risk exposures, or provide coverage for atypical risks. Utilizing captive programs enables businesses to manage [...]

2019-03-06T12:57:58-06:00January 30th, 2018|BUSINESS TAX, CAPTIVE INSURANCE, INSURANCE|

Technology Innovations Impacting the Insurance Industry

Technological innovations and advances have exploded in the past few years, and engineers have created real-life “futuristic gadgets” — from handheld devices to self-driving automobiles and interactive refrigerators — that were once thought to only be possible in dreams or movies. These breakthroughs are crossing over into the insurance industry, a sector that is often [...]

2019-04-10T11:41:34-05:00October 18th, 2017|INSURANCE|