Many businesses form wholly owned captive insurance companies for legitimate risk management purposes and to take advantage of potential tax savings. Unfortunately, some promoters of so-called “microcaptive” schemes have run afoul of the IRS by helping businesses set up captive insurers solely to evade federal income taxes.
If your business is considering forming a microcaptive insurance company to reduce its tax burden, you should consult with a qualified, objective tax professional before taking any action. The penalties for illegal tax-avoidance schemes can be severe, and the IRS has been quite successful in pursuing such cases in recent years. (more…)