COLI / TOLI : A Smarter Strategy for Financing Employee Benefits

COLI / TOLI : A Smarter Strategy for Financing Employee Benefits

Author Executive Benefits Team
Date January 18, 2017

Corporate Owned Life Insurance (COLI) or Trust Owned Life Insurance (TOLI) can reduce taxes on invested assets, increasing returns and shareholder value.

  • Short term: COLI and TOLI programs typically target hedging P&L (Profit and Loss) volatility and track benefit plan balance sheet liabilities.
  • Long term: COLI and TOLI can increase benefit security and recoup overall plan costs, delivering greater value for plan sponsors.
COLI TOLI Strategy

COLI /TOLI receives favorable accounting and P&L treatment, relative to taxable investments.

Income tax advantages make COLI/TOLI highly attractive to most companies, by delivering:

  • Tax-deferred cash value growth.
  • Tax-free fund reallocations within the policy.
  • Tax-free receipt of death proceeds.
  • Unique cash flow flexibility, created by the opportunity to access COLI/TOLI cash values via tax-free loans and withdrawals.

COLI (Corporate-Owned Life Insurance) and TOLI (Trust-Owned Life Insurance)

COLI TOLI chart of taxable investments

Find out how a COLI or TOLI financed employee benefits plan could enhance your company’s financial future.


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