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Bermuda-based reinsurers are weighing restructuring options in response to US tax reform legislation that could be signed by President Donald Trump as early as this week and come into effect by the start of next year.
However, judging from conversations with clients, he views a mass exodus of jobs from the island as unlikely. But perhaps the biggest direct impact for the island will come from the Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax, known as Beat. It will hit Bermudian insurance groups with US subsidiaries, which cede premiums to their affiliated reinsurers in Bermuda, by effectively levying a 10 per cent tax underwriting assistant swiss re tower the transaction, rising to Mr McCallum told a business audience, which included John Rankin, the Governor, and Wayne Furbert, the Junior Minister of Finance, that his impacted clients in the insurance industry had been working on their restructuring options.
He said Beat would effectively be a gross tax with no apparent deductibles. For the first taxable year, the rate will be a reduced 5 per cent. Mr McCallum explained that many US subsidiaries of Bermudian insurance groups used quota-share reinsurance contracts with their parent companies, to transfer substantial amounts of risk from the US to the Bermuda balance sheet.
Much of the premium goes back to the US in the form of ceding commissions and claims, Mr McCallum said. And he added that the diversification of global risk and scale of the Bermuda balance sheet was what allowed Bermudian insurance groups to take on so much American risk.
It will mean that some capital will have to be relocated to the US to satisfy the regulators.
But the bottom line is that there may not be much change in Bermuda. Also, Beat would not apply to third-party business from the US. This is truly a blow to consumers and business, particularly those in Florida, Texas, California, South Carolina, Louisiana and other disaster-prone states who rely on this capacity in times of catastrophe.
The only winner under the double-taxation that will result from Beat is a group of highly successful domestic insurance companies who stand to benefit greatly from the market distortion this provision will trigger.
CCIR welcomes continued dialogue on this issue.
Such vehicles would be broadly similar to Delaware LLCs. Office prices in office buildings Some examples were from, in All shown are limited liability companies ending in "limited" but for mention-only purposes below the word "Limited" is not included. They are presently free to accept contingent commissions, which are payments to brokers from insurers based on the volume of business steered to them.
These factors, along with the current favorable market conditions, have contributed to the robust financial performance of the Bermuda insurance and reinsurance market. They can trade anywhere in the world except as a local company in Bermuda They cannot write any business for Bermuda residents, only with other international or exempted companies.
The regulatory environment is exceptionally favorable to them in Bermuda - so much so that many international businesses, including insurers, from all over the world, even in places such as St. Lucia, West Indies, now have their Bermuda-incorporated and Bermuda-based companies as their registered offices and their companies beyond Bermuda as their subsidiaries.
They come mostly - but not solely - from the USA. One prominent US corporation, Chevron, has over Bermuda-incorporated companies and there are an equal number of Bermuda-incorporated companies beginning with the word "China.
The presence in Bermuda of these Bermuda-registered companies, the Bermuda Government fees they pay in return for not having any Bermuda Government taxes imposed on their income or profits and the profits they earn from their often world-wide business including acting a principal insurers in US and other jurisdictions and in major disasters such as hurricanes, typhoons and special risks, is the single-biggest reason, not tourism which lags far behind, why Bermuda, despite its tiny size of only 21 square miles or 58 kilometers, scores so highly in World Bank and related statistics in Gross National Income and other economic indicators.
Showing when incorporated in Bermuda. With incorporation dates shown the American way.
A much more extensive list of all Bermuda-incorporated entities, including insurance companies, is in process. When completed it will replace this much shorter file and no longer show some insurance companies only.Bermuda's international and local insurers from A to L, Part 1 Specialty risk, captive, excess liability, property catastrophe, etc.
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