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IRS Releases COLI Regs

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The Internal Revenue Service has published a final version of rules that will help employers comply with federal corporate-owned life insurance reporting requirements.

The final regulations are based on proposed and temporary COLI reporting regulations that the IRS issued in November 2007.

The proposed and temporary regulations state that the IRS commissioner can develop the forms needed to implement Section 6039I of the Internal Revenue Code, a COLI provision added by the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

The IRS then released a COLI reporting form based on the temporary regulations in January, officials write in a preamble to the final rule published today in the Federal Register.

The final regulations, which refer to COLI as “employer-owned life insurance,” implement the proposed regulations without substantive changes, officials write.

Only one member of the public commented on the proposed COLI reporting regulations, and that comment referred to the proposed COLI consent and notice requirements rather than to the COLI reporting requirements, officials write.