Key Aspects Of Key-Person Insurance
Published Thursday, June 5, 2014 at: 7:00 AM EDT
Life insurance is a crucial part of most personal estate plans, but it also could be very important for your business. "Key-person" insurance can help ensure continuity and solvency if someone who plays a top role in your company should die unexpectedly. The proceeds could cover the cost of hiring and training a replacement and pay off outstanding bills or loans called in by anxious creditors.
Key-person policies usually cover the owner and the president of the business--often the same person--and can be especially helpful if surviving family members plan to continue running the business. You also might want coverage for other employees who are essential to the operations.
Like other life insurance benefits, the proceeds from a key-person policy are exempt from income tax and generally won't be considered part of the key person's taxable estate. However, if the insured employee is the sole or controlling shareholder, the proceeds may be taken into account in determining the value of company stock for estate tax purposes.
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This article was written by a professional financial journalist for Fisher Financial Advisors and is not intended as legal or investment advice.
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