CORPORATE OWNED LIFE INSURANCE

Issue 444, August 2018

In a May 8, 2018 Technical Interpretation (2018-0745811C6, Danis, Sylvie), CRA reiterated their prior comments (VTN 434(10)) that where multiple corporate beneficiaries receive proceeds from a single life insurance policy, the addition to the capital dividend account for each corporate beneficiary would be reduced by the full adjusted cost basis of the policy.

potential CDA reduction for policies with multiple corporate beneficiaries

They further opined that where two corporations are not only both beneficiaries but also joint owners of a life insurance policy, the full adjusted cost basis of the policy would still be applied to both corporate beneficiaries. This was the case where the policy named OpCo as the beneficiary of $1,000,000 of death benefit coverage, with any excess flowing to HoldCo.

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