Business Owners Should Definitely Have It
If an entrepreneur co-owns a business, life insurance can fund a buy/sell agreement in the event of an owner's sudden death. A family business will benefit from a key person insurance policy. This is insurance on the main person in a small business, usually the owner, founder, or key employees.
This policy protects the firm from going under in the event that key personnel pass on before a replacement is in place. An added benefit of these types of insurance policies is that the premiums are usually deductible as a business expense.
Life Insurance as an Asset
Life insurance is more than a death benefit. Depending upon the type of insurance, it may have a cash value or intrinsic value. Thus, when the insurance is no longer needed, it can be sold as a life settlement.
Whole life insurance, properly structured, can offer steady tax-free dividends. Although not guaranteed, many insurance companies have been around for up to a century. The cash value in the policy also builds up and can be used as your own private bank for a variety of income-producing activities.
Finally, with whole life insurance, your death benefit is guaranteed regardless of your future health. This is important long-term security for the policy owner’s family and heirs.
Life Insurance Strategies
There are a variety of insurance scenarios to choose from. The right one may depend on, say, how your current retirement fund gets taxed. Consider these three examples:
Retirement Plan Funds Life Insurance Strategy
Wealthy individuals’ retirement plan funds—both IRAs and 401(k)s—are taxed twice: First as income and, next, with an estate tax. James has $900,000 in his IRA. To avoid losing a large percent of his IRA to Uncle Sam upon his death, James buys a second-to-die insurance policy with his $900,000. Upon James’ death, his wife receives the $3 million tax-free benefit.
Transfer Current Life Insurance With Cash Surrender Value Policy to Increase Death Benefit
Kevin had a 10-year-old second-to-die insurance policy worth $850,000 with a death benefit of $1.53 million. His advisor recommended he do a tax-free insurance policy exchange. The new policy had an increased death benefit of $3.48 million and there were no out-of-pocket charges.
The Two-Step Annuity Tactic
Sarah buys an immediate joint-life annuity for $1 million, which pays $43,843 annually as long as Sarah and her husband are alive. Next, Sarah uses the annual $43,843 payout to fund a $5.68 million second-to-die policy. In essence, Sarah converted $600,000, the after-tax value of the initial $1 million, into $5.68 million. Finally, both the annuity and death benefits are guaranteed.
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