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Is Your Business Properly Protected?

Sep 26, 2016

Without proper planning, your business may die with you or the loss of a business partner, and without proper liquidity your business may face severe problems such as:

  • Liquidation below fair market value of equipment and inventory
  • Uncollected accounts receivable
  • Family control of the business may be lost
  • Lost intangibles – customer base, location and reputation

A Business Continuation Plan is the Solution

A properly designed plan may include a Buy-Sell agreement that can provide cash to buy-out a deceased owner’s share of the business, which:

  • Allows the business to retain knowledgeable and experienced ownership, as well as key employees
  • Reduces pressure to liquidate other assets to pay estate settlement costs
  • Minimizes potential disputes with IRS over valuation of the business

How to Fund a Buy-Out

A Buy-Sell agreement, written while business owners are alive, can be funded by life insurance. The death benefit of the policy can provide the funds necessary for surviving owners to retain control, by buying out the deceased owner’s interest in the business.*

The Benefits of Using Life Insurance

Life insurance can fund different types of Buy-Sell agreements, whether it’s an:

  • Entity Purchase Arrangement – Where the entity agrees to buy-out a deceased owner’s shares and purchases life insurance on the lives of each of the owners to create the liquidity to fund the buy-out.
  • Cross Purchase Arrangement – Where the owners agree to purchase the interests of a decease owner and each owner purchases life insurance on the lives if the other owners.
  • Hybrid Plan – Combines elements of both of the above arrangements by allowing the business entity the option of purchasing some or all of the decease owner’s shares and the surviving owners purchase the rest.

Two Types of Life Insurance for Funding

Term Insurance - Allows you to purchase the most insurance for the least expense, for a set period of time.

Permanent Insurance - Allows access to the policy’s cash value through loans and policy withdrawals.** Permanent Insurance also has options for Paid-Up plans where you can elect to “pay-up” the policy premiums in 20 years or by the insured’s 65th birthday. 

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*Premium payments may not be deductible. Generally, the death benefit for life insurance is received income tax-free. The death benefit may be included in gross estate for federal estate tax purposes. Consult your tax advisor for specific information on your personal tax situation.

**Access to policy account value through loans is free from current Federal taxation as long as the police remains in force. Loans and withdrawals reduce the account value and policy death benefit.

Insurance products are offered through Vantis Life Insurance Company. They are not a deposit, not FDIC-insured, not insured by any federal government agency, not guaranteed by the bank and may go down in value.