Tax Reform Update

What We Know About The Tax Reform This year there has been a lot of anticipation as to what the new tax reform will be, although there has not been much accomplished on it.  Congressional Republicans in the Administration have yet to agree on basic tax reform parameters, including: Whether the legislation must be revenue-neutral… Read more »

Using Life Insurance to Supplement Retirement Income

Reasons for Life Insurance When it comes to putting aside funds for a Business Owner’s retirement, the options beyond qualified plans are limited.  Owners of pass through entities are taxed on the profits of their business regardless of what they do with the Company’s money.  To build a source of retirement income that grows tax-deferred and could… Read more »

Tax Reform Faces an Uphill Challenge

Many Americans are eager to enjoy the across the board tax rate cuts that President Trump promised so frequently during the election. There are numerous Republican law makers that have said their top priority is a large tax cut. House Speaker, Paul Ryan, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Kevin Brady, have prepared a detailed… Read more »

Retirement Security Concerns Rise Post-Election

I recently attended The American College of Financial Services Board meeting where there was much discussion on the need for retirement income planning in today’s society.  As President Donald Trump begins executing his agenda, investors are expressing a degree of apprehension and have concerns about what might lies ahead and how potential policy changes could impact… Read more »

Succession Planning In A Family Business

Recently, I attended a speech related to business succession planning in family-owned businesses. The speakers included a panel of three majority shareholders of family-owned businesses, one of which was working on its fourth generation of ownership. There were several excellent ideas and insights shared that I would like to share with you below. Here are… Read more »

Estate Planning is Changing as a Result of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Sataya Froemming- Client Service for Estate Markets With the enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, balancing income and estate tax planning has become a focus of clients wanting to minimize overall tax exposure. Due to the flexibility that life insurance can present, it offers important aspects that shouldn’t be overlooked when creating… Read more »

BOLI/ COLI Case Study: Supports Continued Operations and Cash Need

Background: Prior to September 11, 2001, the airline industry went into a deep recession and many airlines were struggling. Cash flow was king and retaining key executives was paramount. This company implemented a nonqualified voluntary deferral plan to rectify the low government limits placed on 401k annual contributions. The participation was good as executives desired… Read more »

Hybrid BOLI: Beware of Treatment Under Basel III

NOTE: Pangburn publishes article confirming EBN’s views on Hybrid BOLI and Basel III. Read it HERE. R. David Fritz, Jr., CLU – Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Executive Benefits Network Most banks find their guidance regarding BOLI purchases from the OCC Bulletin 2004-56 and other Interagency Statements. The OCC Bulletin 2004-56 includes rules related to the… Read more »