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Buy-sell agreements are frequently funded with life insurance, assuring that if an owner dies, the surviving family has a buyer with the cash to pay a fair price. Whether it's as stock redemption or cross-purchase agreement, it will help remaining owners retain control of the business.
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.”
Business owners often have a lot of assets tied up in their business and need liquidity to exit. In this case, a one-way buy-sell agreement can be created for two keys employees. It uses life insurance as the funding vehicle and is financed through an Executive 162 bonus.
When is the last time a valuation was completed for your client's business? An older buy-sell agreement funded with life insurance can be in trouble if the business has grown since the agreement was created. We can help your clients update their business continuation plan.
IRC Section 199A created a new 20 percent deduction for pass-through business owners’ profits, subject to a highly complex set of requirements, thresholds and qualifications. It's clear there is reduced incentive for these owners to make tax-deductible contributions to employer plans.
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.
As a key employee retention strategy, a defined contribution deferred comp plan can be established with select employees. The business owner can design plan options such as implementing a vesting schedule and determining payout terms based on company performance.
Many things keep business owners up at night, including taxation and protecting against the loss of key employees. Corporate-owned life insurance (COLI) can help with both. In this solution, we'll look at COLI as an institutionally priced cash value life insurance product.
Business owners may appreciate simple plans with minimal administrative requirements. In this case, a profitable small business was seeking to create a key executive benefit plan for top management. This Restricted Endorsement Bonus Arrangement (REBA) was the answer.
Legacy isn’t always a direct path through generations. When an owner's daughter doesn't want to take over the business, a life insurance policy could be used to enter a one-way buy-sell agreement with his grandsons. He also gets additional life insurance to benefit his daughter.
Start the conversation to help protect your business owner clients against the loss of a key employee. The business purchases life insurance or disability insurance on a key person and pays all premiums. Upon death or disability, the benefit is paid directly to the business.
Business-owner clients seek your advice on a wide range of issues including buy-sell, key person protection, employee retention, and exit/succession planning. If these issues lie outside your core areas of expertise, this worksheet will help you spark meaningful conversations.