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Posted by William Byrnes on December 12, 2013


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Reforming Annuities’ Image Problem: New Focus on Risk

Posted by William Byrnes on August 16, 2013


Today’s media coverage of the variable annuity market has focused on company buybacks and modifications to existing clients’ product guarantees—a prospect that has many clients feeling more wary than ever about annuity purchases.

Despite this, insurance companies have used the negative experiences of recent months as motivation to effect positive change in their annuity product offerings by offering clients real flexibility and risk management options.

read William Byrnes and Robert Bloink’s full analysis regarding annuities at > ThinkAdvisor <

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States Competing for Captives Insurance Business

Posted by William Byrnes on March 19, 2012


Looking to recapture its competitiveness in the domestic captive insurance business, Nevada passed Assembly Bill 74 (AB 74), which amends the state’s captive insurance law. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval recently praised the amendment, saying it that “will make Nevada a more attractive place to do business for captive insurers.”

Generally, a captive insurance company forms as a subsidiary of a company to cover the risks of the parent company and its other subsidiaries. A captive insurance company typically does not insure risks of unrelated third parties—although some will insure their customers’ risks. Other captive insurers assume the risks of members of a trade association or group.

Read this complete analysis of the impact at AdvisorFX (sign up for a free trial subscription with full access to all of the planning libraries and client presentations if you are not already a subscriber).

For previous coverage of the application of the Health Care law to captive provided health insurance, see Tax Facts, see 252. What nondiscrimination requirements apply to employer provided health benefits?.

Questions about Captives? Contact our Panel of Experts. Benjamin Terner is our “Captive Expert” and can answer your questions relating to domestic and offshore arrangements

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modern trends surrounding captive insurance – webinar

Posted by William Byrnes on August 26, 2011


Captive Insurance webcast

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER – No COST!

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Financial Crimes and Institutional Security

Posted by William Byrnes on March 15, 2011


Dates:  Video-conference course starting March 28 ending 10 weeks later in late May

Medium – Wimba live lectured webcam video-conference and LexisNexis blackboard course-ware

Enrollment Contact: Associate Dean William H. Byrnes – wbyrnes@tjsl.edu

or call +1 (619) 961-4211

includes access to full online international tax library of databases such as IBFD, CCH, Checkpoint, RoyaltyStat, EdgarStat, LexisNexis, Westlaw, amongst many others.

Approved for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) – Lead Professor: Stephen Polak (see professors link)

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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.

Read on about A Dollar Saved…Captive Insurance Company Costs

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Certified International Tax Analyst

Posted by William Byrnes on May 14, 2010


Professional Designation: American Academy of Financial Management

Exam preparation: International Tax Planning & Risk Management course

Topics: Treaty Structures, Transfer Pricing, Risk Score Cards, Offshore Strategies and Compliance amongst others – taught via case studies

Delivery: 40 hours of live lecture and case studies – audio headsets for web conferencing

Start: May 24 (Monday) – end August 13 (Friday)

When: New York 11am – 12:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Recordings: all lectures are made available within 1 hour on-demand

Contact: Prof. William Byrnes, Associate Dean – wbyrnes@tjsl.edu   +1 (619) 297-9700 x 6955

Materials: tuition includes full Westlaw, Lexis, CCH, IBFD, Checkpoint, Orbitax and 20 other professional databases

Accreditation: applies toward the Legum Magister (LL.M.), Juris Scientiae Magister (J.S.M),  Scientiae Juridicae  Doctor (JSD) of Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego)

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Certified Risk Manager™ (CRM)

Posted by William Byrnes on December 7, 2009


Course date: January 18th – April 9th 2010

Lectures: 42 lecture hours using webcams / headsets (see www.wimba.com) with sharing of applications – also recorded for later on-demand viewing

Online Databases & Library: full access included

Course book: online

Professional Designation: by the American Academy® (www.aafm.us)

Contact: Assoc. Dean William Byrnes  wbyrnes@tjsl.edu  (619) 374-6955

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