Executive Benefits

Benefit Restoration Strategies

Benefit Restoration Strategies

Author Executive Benefits Team
Date July 26, 2018

Benefit Restoration Strategies: Creating Long-Term Value for Companies and their Executives

We are providing the following case study of a family-owned company that had an outdated shareholder agreement. Further complicating the company’s problems were: (1.) the need to retain certain key employees, and (2.) a pattern of flat earning in recent years.

This case study provides straightforward insights into the problem and its answers. Review the report to see examples of the multiple opportunities created when applying the flexible solutions proposed by our executive benefits team.

Overview of Benefit Restoration Problems and Strategies

Summary of: Business Succession Planning; Ownership Transition; and Key Employee Rewards, and how deferred compensation under Section 409A is often the solution.

Buy/Sell Planning

  • Entity stock redemption, fewer shares outstanding, no basis change
  • Cross purchase, owners insure each other and buy the deceased’s shares, results in basis increase
  • Hybrid

Split Dollar Life Insurance

  • Used often when the person or entity that needs the proceeds does not have the resources to pay for insurance, or used as an attractive executive benefit.
  • Endorsement method
  • Collateral assignment

Estate Tax Planning

  • With two generations (or more) involved, we are presented with challenges and opportunities. The challenges are primarily avoiding increasing the senior generation’s estate without giving up control. Opportunities are to bypass the traditional taxable transfers and thereby legally avoiding estate tax.

Long Term Incentive for Key Employees

  • Retaining and rewarding key people in successful family businesses is often challenging. Our goal is helping you and your organization win the war for talent.

You can download the PDF Creating Long-Term Value for Companies & their Executives here.


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