Captive Insurance 101

A "captive" is a property and casualty insurance company specifically established to insure the risks of an associated business. Owning your own captive insurance company comes with advantages that help you gain better control over your business’s risk management, earnings, and tax planning. Conventional insurance policies often limit or exclude coverage for certain inherent operational risks.

With captive insurance, these risks can be written right into the policy, free of vague or ambiguous language. Under IRC 831(b), middle market organizations can take advantage of both the primary benefits of captive insurance, including tailor-made risk coverages and secondary benefits, such as improved tax planning. Capstone is the leading captive insurance management company for the mid-market and we’re continuing our 17-year trend of growth and leadership in the industry. While other captive insurance managers disclaim tax and legal services, we offer a comprehensive alternative risk financing program in collaboration with The Feldman Law Firm LLP. We invite you to explore all the benefits of captive insurance and the turnkey services we provide.
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Captives on IRS' List of Abusive Tax Schemes?Captives in the IRS' Dirty Dozen List of Abusive Tax Schemes? Get the Facts
February 10, 2015 (HOUSTON, TX) - In the first quarter of each year, the IRS increases the volume of its press releases in a thoughtfully designed program to spur taxpayer compliance with our income tax system. This is a well-reasoned effort by the IRS.

 

New Captive Insurance Services Gallagher Captive Manager Artex discloses it's subject to IRS probe
Artex Risk Solutions Inc., the Bermuda-based captive management subsidiary of insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., has confirmed that it is involved in an Internal Revenue Service probe into captive insurers formed under 831(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.

September 10, 2014 Federal Court Opinion Ordering Artex's Compliance with IRS Subpoena
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is conducting an investigation of Respondent Artex Risk Solutions, Inc. (Artex). The IRS is allegedly
examining Artex’s role in transactions involving captive insurance plans under 26 U.S.C. § 831, and investigating whether such transactions constitute abusive transactions.

Artex Docket Report
Petition to enforce IRS summons filed by United States of America (Shoemaker, Martin) (Entered: 06/03/2014)

The “Captive Manager” Fallacy Continues
The captive insurance community is aware of a series of IRS audits over the last decade years directed at small captives operating under Section 501(c)(15) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). The IRS undertook a series of audits to test compliance with the 2004 legislative changes.

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