Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America announced today that it has received a tax ruling that could help it offer annuities through fee-based advisors.
The Internal Revenue Service gave Allianz Life a private letter ruling that will let advisors get their fees directly from the assets inside a client’s Allianz Life annuity contract, without creating a taxable income distribution event.
The IRS ruling applies to individual variable annuities held outside individual retirement accounts, and outside other arrangements that qualify for special IRS tax treatment.
The ruling also applies to indexed annuities that are filed as fixed insurance products and held outside qualified accounts.
Under IRS rules, advisors can already deduct asset-based fees from annuities held inside qualified retirement accounts without creating taxable income distributions.
The March of the Letter Rulings
Allianz Life is the fourth company to announce that it has received an annuity advisory fee letter ruling in the past few weeks. The other three carriers are Great-American, Nationwide and Lincoln Financial.
Corey Walther, president of Allianz Life’s Allianz Life Financial Services LLC unit, said in a statement that the ruling will help the company meet consumers’ growing demand for annuities.