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Even for affluent clients, pre-funding death expenses with discounted dollars remains effective. Life insurance is uniquely able to deliver a specified pool of tax-free liquidity at exactly the time needed to cover final expenses, debt, liquidation, taxes, probate costs and bequests.
You may have clients holding on to a surprisingly large concentration of stock in a single company. At older ages, diversifying may be in their best interest. Life insurance can act as a noncorrelated asset, providing a natural hedge against the market risks of concentrated stock.
When it comes to recruiting and retaining key employees, nonprofits are limited due to IRC Section 457. Here are three executive comp plans that help nonprofits including split-dollar, restricted executive bonus arrangement (REBA) and nonqualified deferred compensation.
An effective executive benefit program must meet the objectives of both the employer and employee. This concept examines the structure and design of three plans: nonqualified deferred compensation, restricted executive bonus arrangement (REBA) and split-dollar arrangement.
A Restricted Bonus Plan is a combination of three planning tools: a Section 162 bonus plan, a restricted endorsement and an employment contract. The combination of these elements creates an attractive benefit for key employees while providing the employer with control.
When a business owner has significant idle cash and no clear succession plan, life insurance can help. A one-way buy-sell agreement, tied to a high cash value policy can help an owner to protect their business while simultaneously increasing value in a low-risk manner.
When corporate tax rates are lower than individual income tax rates, owners seek to retain capital in their businesses. Many keep a large part of their working capital in conservative, liquid assets but should consider maximum funding corporate-owned cash value life insurance.
A company that routinely bids for large contracts needs to maintain a large pool of working capital, usually held in conservative assets. The cash value of life insurance can be counted as liquid working capital for bond underwriting and while providing a better return.
Developing an exit strategy is a pressing financial challenge facing small-business owners. For businesses with more than one owner, the ability to successfully sell a business interest at retirement is often dependent upon the quality of their buy-sell agreement.
Like all high-income earners, highly paid employees of non-profits reach a point where they'd prefer to defer some of their current taxable income. In the summer of 2016, football coach Jim Harbaugh struck a split-dollar plan with the University of Michigan that's become legendary.
A product-based bonus plan allows an employer to pay for an insurance product on an employee's life. The employee owns the policy, but the employer may restrict access to cash value through a special policy endorsement, commonly referred to as “golden handcuffs.”
Wealth transfer strategies help ensure your client’s estate will be distributed the way they choose. Yet some of their beneficiaries may be uninterested in the asset, or ill-suited to own it. The solution may be to create an estate equalization plan using life insurance.