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For Hoteliers: Hotel Business Protection Using Captive Insurance

April 28, 2014

Filed under: Business Planning,Hotel Owners — Tags: , , , , — Neel Shah @ 8:32 am

For hotel business owners, there are big benefits to setting up a captive insurance company. This can be a valuable way to protect your company and save money at the same time, since captive insurance companies are known for tax flexibility. A captive insurance company is an affiliate of a business that is created to reinsure particular risks of that business. The captive can be formed in the U.S. or in a foreign jurisdiction. Policies can contain all of the basic terms that are included in commercial insurance contracts and premiums are determined by independent actuaries.

For Hoteliers Hotel Business Protection Using Captive Insurance
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The goal of a captive is to help pick up the risk that has already been held by a business that “self-insured”. This means that the business has some kind of specific need for which it is too expensive or impossible to get typical insurance. In this case, the captive serves a very important role of improving the risk protection capability for the business. Some examples include earthquake coverage, food-borne illness concerns, or cyber theft.

Surplus that is not used to pay out claims can be distributed out to shareholders as dividends. Control over this captive also gives the client investment control over the assets with the captive in certain situations. Captive insurance companies benefit from special tax treatment under the Internal Revenue Code. As a result of all these benefits, business owners for thousands of companies have been able to accumulate a great deal of pre-tax wealth through captive insurance companies. Hotel owners take note: you should consider how a captive insurance company suits your needs and helps you insure specialized risk. To get started, contact us at 732-521-9455 or email us at info@lawesq.net

Risky Business? Manage that Risk: Captive Insurance Companies

April 23, 2014

Filed under: Business Law,Business Planning,Business Succession Planning,Captive Insurance Companies — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Neel Shah @ 12:43 pm

A captive insurance company is a company created by a business owner to help insure risks of affiliated businesses. When set up appropriately, a captive allows a business to manage risks while allowing the affiliated company to reap benefits, too.

Risky Business Manage that Risk Captive Insurance Companies
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A Captive will receive premiums that are then invested as opposed to premiums sent to a traditional unrelated insurer, which are essentially “lost”. Over time, those premiums accumulate. In the event of a risk loss, the premiums are available to be paid for those self-insured losses, thus protecting the business’s bottom line. This crucial benefit is the biggest advantage for business owners.

A Captive can issue casualty or property insurance to protect against a broad array of risks. Where the business owner has the most potential to capitalize on this opportunity is through risk protection for those risks that are typically too expensive to coverage or uninsurable, period. With possible major tax increases coming in the future, the Captive Insurance company remains situated as one of the most effective solutions for business owners. Captive Insurance benefits go beyond tax advantages by providing business owners with opportunities in wealth transfer, estate planning, and asset protection, too.

At Shah and Associates, we work with you individually to determine how a Captive can best suit your business needs. With vast experience in the field, we have helped our clients use Captives to minimize taxes, protect assets, manage risks, and improve cash flow. We understand the peace of mind and confidence that comes from a comprehensive approach to risk management, and that’s why we remain committed to the business community.