Convert Self-Insured Risks into Tax-Deductible Premiums

Self-insured risksMost business owners unknowingly self-insure a large number of risks. These risks include the many hidden risks that are inherent in the operations of any business, as well as the many risks that are excluded by conventional insurance policies.

For example, one of our steel service center clients insures against the political risk associated with trade sanctions affecting its supply chain. Another in the oil service business insured against governmental actions which could adversely affect its business such as a drilling moratorium.

Benefits of Owning Captive Insurance Company

One benefit of owning your own captive insurance company is the opportunity to pre-fund on a tax deductible basis a comprehensive range of future losses. With a captive, otherwise currently non-deductible, self-insured risks can be covered by tax-deductible premiums paid to a captive. If insurance claims are lower than projected, the captive retains these underwriting profits that can be distributed to its owners on a tax advantageous basis, or used to pay other claims.

Operating businesses are only allowed to deduct losses as they occur. In contrast, insurance companies are unique in that they are able to currently deduct future, unspecified losses.

With a captive insurance arrangement, those reserves are available to fund future losses, or in the event that the loss does not occur, the profits can be distributed to the captive's owners. Meanwhile the captive has a wide range of investment opportunities.

Capstone is the largest and most sophisticated outsourced provider of captive insurance services for the middle market. Our turnkey captive insurance services include all aspects of designing, forming, and administering captive insurers, through to their wind down and liquidation. Capstone enables its clients to focus on their underlying businesses, while engaging Capstone to lead an outsourced team to manage the regulatory, financial and tax aspects of alternative risk planning.


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