Split-Dollar Life Insurance can be beneficial to a business or corporation to help an employee purchase life insurance. The policy can be used as an incentive or as a form of deferred compensation.

Split-Dollar Defined:

A split-dollar life insurance policy is an arrangement between two parties, usually an employer and employee in which they share and split the policy. The policy can be shared and split in several ways:

  • Cash values
  • Premiums
  • Death Benefits
  • Ownership
  • Dividends

Split-Dollar Advantages to the Employer:

  • The employer can provide low cost benefits to it’s employees
  • The portion of the premiums paid by the employer for the benefit of the employee can be deducted for tax purposes by the employer
  • The employer will receive the total of all premiums paid on behalf of the employee upon the employee’s death
  • The plan can be designed so that the employer retains complete flexibility. In other words, the employer can modify or terminate the arrangement at their option.
  • The arrangement can be used as an incentive to the employee

Split-Dollar Advantages to the employee:

  • Able to obtain life insurance cheaper. In other words, splitting the cost of the premiums allows employees to obtain better coverage at less cost.
  • The employee can protect his/her family in the event of their untimely death
  • When an employer pays the premiums the employee may be able to reduce their income tax liability (if the employee is in a higher tax bracket).
  • Can provide for estate liquidity in the event of the employees death