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modern trends surrounding captive insurance – webinar

Posted by William Byrnes on August 26, 2011

Captive Insurance webcast



Please join us next month as we discuss the modern trends surrounding captive insurance. Wealth managers who have an interest in captives will likely find the information and presentation useful. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For additional information on captives see, Advisorfyi.com–States Competing for Captives Insurance Business,Alternative Risk Transfer RevisitedCaptive Market Continues to GrowLLC Series and Cell CompaniesGroup Captive Insurance Companies and Year End Tax Considerations, and A Dollar Saved…Captive Insurance Company Costs


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Group Captive Insurance Companies and Year End Tax Considerations

Posted by William Byrnes on November 30, 2010

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As we have discussed in previous blogticles, captive insurance can be a viable method to more efficiently protect against certain risks under various circumstances.  For discussion on these topics please see our blogticles on AdvisorFYI from the week of August 30th, Monday through Wednesday, Alternative Risk Transfer BasicsRisk and Self-Insurance, andCaptive Insurance Company Introduction.

In addition, we have discussed in previous blogticles the ability to deduct prepaid expenses for certain items, both from an accrual basis and cash receipts and disbursements method taxpayer approach.  One such class of deductions that is generally allowable is, “insurance premiums against fire, storm, theft, accident, or other similar losses in the case of a business, and rental for the use of business property.”

See generally our blogticles from November entitled, Year End Tax Planning: Pre-Paid Insurance Expense For Accrual Accounting Taxpayers, and Year End Tax Planning: Pre-Paid Expenses For Cash Accounting Taxpayers.

Read this entire set of articles starting at AdvisorFYI.

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A Dollar Saved…Captive Insurance Company Costs

Posted by William Byrnes on October 12, 2010

Why is this Topic Important to Wealth Managers? Provides specific information in regards to costs relating to the formation of an insurance company.  Discusses multiple domicile options and how they relate to each other.

Wealth managers may be interested to know generally what costs are involved to form and manage a captive insurance company in different jurisdictions.  Take for example Vermont.  It is known as the “Captive Capital” here in the States, and for good reason, Vermont has licensed over 900 captives at last count.[1]

The licensing fees in Vermont total $4,800 (in the first year and only $300 a year thereafter.) [2] However, there are a couple of downsides to the preliminarily greener pastures.  First, Vermont requires initial capitalization of a “pure”, which includes a traditional single parent, captive of $250,000. [3] Secondly, Vermont requires the captive to pay minimum premium tax of $7,500 which has an underwriting level of approximately around $2 million dollars at a rate of 0.38%. [4]

As a general rule, the formation and annual expenses, including premium taxes, of captive insurance companies will be lower in most offshore jurisdictions rather than domestic domiciles.

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