Case Study

Life insurance is not always a popular topic of discussion with clients.  Nobody enjoys talking about dying, however, having this discussion could lead to some significant tax savings for incorporated business owners.  We recently finished working on a business owner’s estate plan which would leave as much as possible to her 2 adult children.

In her early 60’s and having just sold her business, this individual held a large amount of cash inside her holding corporation.   Taking into consideration her lifestyle needs and goals, we completed a financial plan.  We found she could easily afford to purchase life insurance inside her corporation while still having more than enough cash flow to maintain her standard of living. We suggested purchasing life insurance inside of a corporation because it is one of the best ways to get money out of your corporation tax-free.  Unfortunately, there’s a catch: you need to pass away to take advantage of this strategy. Setting aside the fact you’ll never see the benefits of this approach, implementing it could save your surviving shareholders (your children, for example) from a large tax bill.

Using the life insurance policy as an investment, any income your policy produces is tax sheltered.  If you retain your policy until you pass away then, potentially, all of the investments and the death benefit can be paid out to the surviving shareholders on a tax free basis.  You’ve essentially converted potential capital gains and taxable dividends into a tax-free benefit.  This strategy has many other components which are beyond the scope of this article.

This is why it is important to receive professional advice from your financial planner and accountant before implementing. After having done all of the due diligence, we found this strategy made perfect sense for this individual.  She is now investing the money she won’t need in retirement inside a life insurance policy which is growing tax free and will be paid out tax free to her 2 adult children when she passes away.




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