Business Owned Life Insurance

A strategic tool for both safeguarding your company's finances and enhancing asset performance.

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What is business owned life insurance?

As an business owner, you're presented with a choice regarding the ownership of your life insurance policy: it can be held either personally or by your business.

Opting for a business-owned policy brings with it notable tax benefits. This type of policy ensures a one-time, tax-exempt payout to your business in the event of the death of you, a business partner, or a key employee.

However, the scope of life insurance extends beyond mere business protection. It serves as a tool for asset diversification, potentially enhancing your financial strategy. Additionally, this policy may offer the opportunity to access its value, providing further financial flexibility.

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Debt Clearance

Provides funds to clear business debts upon passing of an owner/employee, ensuring financial stability.

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Buy-Out Preparation

Sets up a financial plan for partner buy-outs in case of death.

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Asset Diversification

Offers potential for growth along with risk and tax management advantages.

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What kind of life insurance are available for business?

There are 2 basic types of life insurance coverage for business owners: term and permanent. Each has unique features designed to meet different needs.

Permanent Life Insurance

  • Lifetime coverage
  • Higher cost
  • Flexible payments
  • Opportunity to build cash value
Learn more about Permanent Life

Term Life Insurance

  • Temporary coverage
  • Lower cost
  • Fixed payments
  • Option to convert to permanent
Learn more about Term Life

How do the types of life insurance compare?

An advisor can assist you in determining which is the most appropriate tool for your unique business circumstances.

Term life insurance
Permanent life insurance
What does it provide?
Temporary protection
Lifetime protection
How can it help?
  • Protect your business from the death of a key person
  • Cover business loans
  • Protect your business from the death of a key person
  • Cover business loans
  • Access cash value for various business needs (expansion, investment, emergency)
  • Fund a buyout agreement
What's the cost?
Usually the most affordable type of life insurance
Usually more expensive than term life insurance
Investment options?
  • Business receives a tax-free one-time payment when you die
  • Business receives a tax-free one-time payment when you die
  • Build wealth inside your policy, tax-deferred, within limits, that you can access during your lifetime

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How much does life insurance cost?

Cost will depend on the type of coverage you choose. Generally, term insurance is more affordable than permanent insurance. But there are many factors that determine the cost of your policy, including:

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Generally, insurance cost less for younger age groups, and more for older age groups

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Women live longer than men on average, so insurance may cost less than for males.

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Your unique health history, family history, chronic diseases and lifestyle can impact costs.

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High-risk occupations can increase cost. Conversely, low-risk occupations can reduce cost.

Tailoring Your Coverage

How much insurance coverage does your business need?

This will depend on your unique business need(s). Here are a few things to consider:

  • Key person value

  • Current and projected revenues

  • Future financial obligations

  • Your business debts & liabilities

  • Value of shares (for shareholder buyout)

A professional advisor can assist you with calculating your business insurance needs.

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Frequently asked questions

Answers to key questions about Business-owned Life Insurance

Who Should Be Covered by Business-Owned Life Insurance?

Coverage should be considered for individuals whose death would significantly impact the company's financial health. This typically includes owners, founders, key executives, and employees with unique skills or knowledge crucial to the business.

How Much Business-Owned Life Insurance Coverage Do I Need?

The coverage amount should be based on the potential financial loss the business would suffer from the death of the insured individual. Consider factors like the individual's role in revenue generation, replacement costs, and the company's debts and future obligations.

What Are the Tax Implications of Business-Owned Life Insurance?

Premiums are generally not tax-deductible, but the death benefit is usually received tax-free. Additionally, the cash value (if any) in permanent policies grows on a tax-deferred basis, and certain policies can offer tax-efficient ways to distribute funds to beneficiaries.

What Happens to a Business-Owned Life Insurance Policy If a Key Person Leaves the Company?

The business can choose to discontinue the policy, maintain it, or transfer it to the departing employee as a personal policy, subject to the terms of the insurance contract and any applicable laws

Can a Business Access the Cash Value of Permanent Life Insurance?

Yes, businesses can access the cash value of a permanent life insurance policy through withdrawals or loans, which can be used for business needs. However, this may reduce the death benefit and cash value of the policy.

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