Money purchase pension plans are defined contribution plans similar to profit sharing plans except that the employer is required to make a contribution to a money purchase plan each year.
Therefore, profit sharing plans offer an opportunity to provide substantial amounts of insurance using tax-sheltered plan funds.
It should be noted that there are no other Treasury or IRS rulings (official or otherwise) which specifically sanction the use of survivorship policies in profit sharing plans.
The IRC sets forth rules regarding the latest time benefits must commence; however, most profit sharing plans permit the distribution of benefits within a short time after an employee has terminated employment, becomes disabled, or dies.
Even though qualified profit sharing plans can be a form of retirement plan, since they defer the payment of amounts contributed on behalf of the participants to a later date, a profit sharing plan may distribute amounts contributed as long as such amounts have been in the plan for two years.
Stock bonus plans are similar to profit sharing plans (see above).
Using a Profit Sharing Plan as An Estate-Planning Tool
Since it is critical that the percentages under the ILIT mirror those under the Will, having the insurance owned in the profit sharing plan maintains that flexibility.
If the non-participant spouse dies first, the profit sharing plan merely owns a single life policy on the life of the plan participant.
There are many profit sharing plans that could be used to secure substantially greater benefits for the family of a participant if such SLI purchases are made.
A new form of life insurance can be purchased in a profit sharing plan as well as in a Sec.
Life insurance, whether part of a qualified profit sharing plan or separately owned directly, by the insured, is, with certain exceptions, considered part of the estate of an insured if the insured exercised certain powers over the policy within the three years prior to death.