Can Your Company Survive Without Key Person Life Insurance?

Your business is probably like most: one or two of your employees are vital to the survival of the organization. In fact, these individuals may be critical to your overall success and profitability. If this person’s exit from the company is planned, such as retirement or voluntary termination, then you can prepare for the loss and take the necessary precautions to minimize the impact. However, if the departure is unplanned due to an unexpected death, disabling accident or a sudden quitting, then the company is exposed to financial risks. Consider purchasing key person life insurance to reduce backlash if one of these key employees leaves you prematurely.

Considerations

Would losing one of your employees have one or more of the following effects?

  • Reduce your earning capabilities
  • Create a loss of a specialized skill
  • Disrupt everyday business operations
  • Create customer concern due to a loss of expertise
  • Impact a special project or sales campaign in a negative way
  • Jeopardize your financial security

Advantages of Key Person Life Insurance

The following are just a few of the advantages of key person life insurance:

  • It can be easily implemented and does not require Internal Revenue Service (IRS) approval; only requires an annual report to the IRS.
  • Life insurance benefits are paid to the company tax-free.
  • Customers, creditors, lenders and stockholders have the assurance that the business has a continuation plan and coverage in place.
  • There is flexibility in what the funds can be used for.

How Does Key Person Life Insurance Protect My Company?

  • You purchase life insurance on the key individual(s).
  • You are the beneficiary of the life insurance policy, and apply for and own the policy. If the key employee dies prematurely, the policy pays out to you.
  • Tax-free dollars from the policy can be put towards finding, hiring and training a replacement employee, compensation for lost business during the transition and/or financing timely business transactions.
  • The policy can be transferred to a departing key employee as a retirement benefit or to a different key individual, upon the retirement of the original key employee.
  • Can be used to buy out the key employee’s shares or interest in the company.
  • Premiums are based on several factors, including the key employee’s age, physical conditions and health history. The amount of coverage also affects the premium.

If you have individuals who are vital to your company’s success, especially if your business is small, consider key person life insurance. This insurance solution can protect your organization’s solvency in the event that you lose the key person without warning, and also the investments made by lenders and investors to your company.

© 2017 Zywave, Inc.

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