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Proposed US Tax Legislation Aims to Curb Hedge Fund Reinsurance

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has released legislation, the Offshore Reinsurance Tax Fairness Act (ORTFA), which aims to close what he perceives to be a loophole used to exploit an exception to the passive foreign investment...more

Proposed US Tax Legislation Aims to Curb Hedge Fund Reinsurance

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has released legislation, the Offshore Reinsurance Tax Fairness Act (ORTFA), which aims to close what he perceives to be a loophole used to exploit an exception to the passive foreign investment...more

Special Focus: What The Insurance Industry Should Know About The IRS’s Campaign Against “Abusive” Micro Captives

Though in the midst of a stifling budget and personnel reduction, the United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently announced an increased effort to curb what it sees as widespread abusive applications of so-called...more

Excess and Surplus Lines Laws in the United States: Including Direct Procurement Tax Laws and Industrial Insured Exemptions

Preface: States’ Implementation Of NRRA In 2014: The Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (“NRRA”) came into effect on July 21, 2011 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The...more

Stretched for Resources, the IRS Sets Its Sights on Small Captive Insurers

A "captive" insurance company is an insurer formed for the limited purpose of insuring the risks of its non-insurer owner or owners. A captive can be an effective risk-management tool, especially for costly or unconventional...more

Licensed Insurance Companies Exempt from Maryland Income Tax

Are insurers licensed to do business in Maryland subject to state income tax on profits derived from sources other than insurance policy premiums? That was the question before the Maryland Tax Court in National Indemnity...more

The IRS Turns Up the Heat on Hedge Fund-Backed Reinsurance

After years of inaction, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is throwing up obstacles to enjoying the tax advantages of hedge fund-backed reinsurance. On April 24, 2015, the IRS issued a notice of proposed rulemaking titled...more

D.C. Circuit Holds That Wholly Foreign Retrocessions Not Subject To U.S. Excise Tax

In late May, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment to a reinsurer in a dispute with the IRS regarding the imposition of U.S. excise taxes on a wholly...more

Validus Affirmed for All the Right Reasons – The FET Does Not Apply to Wholly Foreign Reinsurance Transactions

On May 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the result of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. U.S., 19 F. Supp. 3d 225 (2014), which was the...more

Wholly foreign retrocession premiums not subject to US excise tax

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, in favor of the taxpayer, though on narrower grounds than...more

Validus Wins Round Two: Wholly-Foreign Retrocessions Not Subject to Federal Excise Tax

On May 26, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower court decision and ruled that the IRS could not impose excise tax on certain wholly-foreign retrocessions of insurance. The...more

Plain and Simple: Maryland Tax Court Holds Insurance Company is Exempt from Corporate Income Taxes

Although taxpayers often complain that complying with the tax laws imposed by the numerous state and local taxing jurisdictions that exist in the United States is a burdensome process, many of these tax statutes also provide...more

IRS Proposes Regulations Directed To “Passive” Hedge Fund Foreign Insurance Entities

On April 24, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations directed to “situations in which a hedge fund establishes a purported foreign reinsurance company in order to defer and reduce the tax that otherwise would...more

Benefits of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust as Security for Support

Divorce or separation agreements often require one spouse to maintain life insurance as security for their support obligation. Attorneys often do not address the tax implications if the insured spouse owns the policy. ...more

IRS Proposes PFIC Regulations That Could Characterize Many Foreign Insurance Companies as PFICs

A mere 28 years after Congress enacted the tax rules governing passive foreign investment companies (“PFICs”), the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have for the first time issued proposed regulations that...more

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations for Hedge Fund Reinsurance Arrangements

In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active...more

Treasury and the IRS Offer a New Take on the PFIC Active Insurance Exception

On April 23, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations interpreting the active insurance exception under the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules. Although the release of the proposed regulations did not...more

One Down, One to Go: Illinois Senate Passes Captive Insurance Exemption to Illinois Self-Procurement Tax

On April 21, 2015, the Illinois Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 1573, as amended. As we have previously covered, the amended Bill creates an exemption from the 3.5 percent self-procurement tax and 0.2 percent Surplus...more

IRS Releases Favorable Private Letter Ruling on “Taxable Annuity.”

On April 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released PLR 201515001 (Oct. 10, 2014), favorably addressing a “taxable annuity”—essentially, a deferred annuity contract supported, in part, by subaccounts, each of which...more

Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts - Tax and Nontax Advantages

Creating an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) can dramatically increase the liquidity of an individual’s estate and effectively leverage the value of the annual $14,000 per donee gift tax exclusion and the $5,430,000...more

Insurance Topics We Will Be Watching in 2015

With the first month of the year behind us, this report outlines major insurance topics that we will be watching throughout 2015. Forces, trends and events that we believe will affect regulation, transactions and...more

IRS Scrutinizes Captive Insurance

Every year the IRS issues a list of tax scams pertinent to that filing season. This list is commonly referred to as the (“Dirty Dozen”). The Dirty Dozen warns taxpayers of illegal tax avoidance schemes that can lead to...more

Focus: PI Insurance – Conformity Certification – New Rules

Many undertakings operating in the professional indemnity insurance sector traditionally offer policies covering the civil liability of certified chartered accountants and bookkeepers arising from the issue of conformity...more

Cayman Insurance Law Amendments Enhance Captive Flexibility

On January 16, 2015, the Cayman Islands published new insurance regulations affecting portfolio insurance companies (PICs). The regulations are designed to provide more flexibility to insurance companies incorporated as...more

FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S....more

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