Executive Summary: Small Captive Insurance Companies

Positives:

  • Private company owners may take up to a $1.2 million deduction annually for existing “self-insured” risks.
  • Captive acts as a deductible, executive deferred compensation plan (with no employee-match required).
  • Profits are protected from creditors and judgments.
  • Custodial trust can hold the stock of the captive (for asset protection or estate planning purposes).
  • Profits are converted from ordinary income rates to dividend / long-term capital gains rates.
  • No limit on profits, excess profits tax or required dividend.
   

Negatives:

  • Legislative Risk: Section 831(b) has been in existence since 1974; there is legislation pending to raise the annual cap to $2.025 million and index it for inflation.
  • Investment Default and Principal Loss: Risks are directly tied to the credit rating of the investment portfolio.
 
     
 
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