The beginning of a new year in Washington is always filled with both a sense of promise and of trepidation–and this is particularly so when the new year coincides with the beginning of a new Congress.
The new political situation in Washington seems as if it could be quite a friendly one for the industry. After all, the executive branch, as well as the two houses of the 108th Congress are under the control of Republican, and presumably, business-friendly hands.
Certainly, one would expect that there might be fewer attacks on the taxation of life insurance products–and the business uses of these products–than was seen in 2002.
As Jack Dolan, a spokesman for the American Council of Life Insurers, told NU: “ACLI believes that the threat of taxation on insurance product-specific provisions has declined somewhat given the new Republican control of the Senate.”
David Winston, vice president of government affairs for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Falls Church, Va., also views this as a favorable development.