A guide to protecting your business

As business owners it’s important to ensure that you protect what you have spent so many years building, your business. We often forget that when we move away from a PAYE environment that we lose many ‘employed benefits’ such as death in service, private health care and sick pay. In many respects it’s a two pronged attack, not only would your company suffer in the event of illness/death, but of course the knock on effect to your loved ones too. We are pleased to announce that we have an association with a large national firm of financial advisers whom can assist you in ensuring you and your business is secured.

You will be pleased to know that the above benefits extend further, as they are NOT all classed as a benefit in kind to you, and are tax deductible*, which in turn will reduce your corporation tax bill too. This is simply tax efficient life cover. There are many considerations when taking a ‘hope for the best plan for the worst’ approach;

  • Do you have any business liabilities (e.g. Loans, Credit cards, overdrafts, property). Would you want them paid off should something happen to you?
  • What is your worth to the business?
  • Should you be in a partnership, and one key member was to die, how would this impact your business?
  • If you were off long term sick, have you made provisions for another qualified member to take your place?-
  • Should this potential eventuality occur, would you want to use company money to replace you?
  • And how long would this be financially viable for?
  • How would your family feel having to deal with your company financial affairs? -Or, would this even be viable practically?

Until now, directors of smaller companies have missed out on this as it has not been possible to have a one man scheme, and group risk providers are unlikely to cater for less than 5 members. Company directors have been paying for personal plans from their post-tax income or from the company account. If it’s from the company account then the payments would normally be treated as income in the hands of that director and taxed accordingly.

But following recent changes to group life legislation, protection specialists have recognised there is a vast need for small businesses to be protected and have introduced a plan targeted at single lives and small companies. You can cover a single director for up to 15 times their remuneration (including dividends) using ‘relevant life policy’ legislation. The tax treatment is similar to a registered group scheme with the added advantage that benefits do not impact on lifetime pension allowances, so are ideal for high earning directors who might be facing this problem.

Many of our clients already have a form of protection in place which is fantastic, however we would strongly recommend that this is reviewed on at least an annual basis as it’s important to ensure your cover matches your business requirements. It is very common to have a plan that has not been reviewed for many years, which was not placed into trust, or that is too high or low for what your company looks like today. If this is the case we can have an adviser check this over for you free of charge.

Here at The LowTax Group we remain proactive in offering you a bespoke service, which ensures you are fully protected as a business moving forward. You will receive a call from one of our dedicated client service associates, who can further assist you on the above issue.

Thus far we have had fantastic positive feedback from our clients, and we look forward to ensuring your business is fully protected in the near future too.

*Private Health Care has a separate tax treatment, and your adviser will cover this with you.


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