Life insurance industry trade groups said in a strong statement today that they will urge the Obama administration to withdraw proposals contained in the president’s budget that would impose new taxes on life insurers.
The statement was released by the American Council of Life Insurers, the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies and GAMA International.
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Trade groups also voiced particular concern about provisions that would impose new taxes on contributions to retirement plans and Individual Retirement Accounts.
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In a statement, the industry said that the proposed budget for 2013 “reasserts two provisions—one on corporate-owned life insurance (COLI) and one on life insurers’ dividends-received deduction (DRD)—that were initially proposed in the 2010 budget but rejected by Congress.”
The groups added that the COLI proposal would impose new taxes on life insurance used by businesses small and large.
“Many businesses use COLI to protect against financial or job loss stemming from the death of owners or key employees,” the statement said.
It added that COLI is also used to ensure business continuation. “In addition, COLI is a widely-used funding mechanism for employee and retiree benefits,” the statement said, adding that “Congress affirmed the benefits and tax treatment of COLI and assured its responsible use in bi-partisan legislation enacted in 2006.”
The statement added that, “Wisely, Congress has rejected similar proposals in past years. We urge the administration to withdraw its proposals on COLI and DRD.”