CAC Specialty’s Tax Insurance Practice, comprised of seasoned tax attorneys and former tax insurance underwriters, combines deep tax technical expertise, industry experience, and business acumen to craft innovative and unique tax insurance solutions so any client can quickly transfer the risk of the unanticipated and detrimental consequences of a successful challenge by a taxing authority—creating more certainty for sponsors, corporations and stakeholders.
OVERVIEW OF TAX INSURANCE
Tax insurance is a risk management tool protecting against tax loss arising from one or more transactions, investments, or events. It is designed to make the insured whole in the event of a successful challenge by a taxing authority, and can cover loss for additional taxes, interest and penalties, claim expenses in defense of the covered tax position, and the amount by which the insured’s taxes are increased as result of the receipt of insurance proceeds under the policy (i.e., “gross-up”). Tax insurance is akin to receiving a private letter ruling (“PLR”) from the taxing authority on the insured tax position. However, unlike a PLR, tax insurance can typically be purchased within 2 weeks—not months or years.
WE ARE DIFFERENT
Our team consists of dedicated, experienced corporate tax attorneys (accounting firm, law firm, and Fortune 20 experience) and former tax insurance underwriters.
- Attorneys capable of handling technical tax issues
- Equipped to guide the insurance market to understand difficult tax risks
- Devoted to client service and advising clients through every step of the underwriting process, including policy negotiations
- Ready to collaborate with the insurance market to craft insurance solutions
TAX INSURANCE MARKET: QUICK FACTS
- 15 markets with at least $50 million of capacity
- 20 markets able to participate in any program
- $1.5 billion of total capacity on any U.S. tax program
TAX INSURANCE FOR M&A TRANSACTIONS
Tax insurance can be used to reduce or eliminate the risk of historic tax positions taken by the target entity, as well as tax issues arising from the transaction itself. Tax insurance removes the identified tax risk from a deal by transferring it to the insurer, providing certainty and flexibility.
NOT R&W INSURANCE
While known tax issues are excluded from coverage under a traditional representation and warranty (“R&W”) insurance policy, tax insurance complements a R&W insurance policy by providing coverage for such tax issues. Tax insurance can be used as a competitive tool by either the buyer or seller as part of the M&A process. It may be purchased by the buyer to make its bid more competitive or by the seller as part of its preparation for sale (thus, removing the tax issue from negotiations with bidders).
- Facilitates deal negotiations by reducing or eliminating the need for tax indemnities and escrows for identified tax issues
- Facilitates financing and investment decision making
- Enables a clean exit by eliminating a long-tail contingent exposure
- Provides purchase-price certainty by removing an identified tax exposure
- Secures future tax benefits to be realized from the transaction
- Offers liquidity and avoids the negative cash flow arising from a tax liability
INSURABLE TAX RISKS
There are three areas of insurable risks in M&A transactions where tax insurance can be utilized. First, tax insurance can be used to reduce or eliminate the tax risk related to historic tax positions taken by the target on seller’s watch (e.g., debt v. equity treatment, deduction v. capitalization of expense s , or transfer pricing ). Second, tax insurance can be used to address tax issues arising from the transaction itself (e.g., any pre -closing restructuring, treatment of the transaction as tax-free reorganization, or availability of a tax basis step-up). Third, tax insurance can be used to insure the historic tax treatment of the target entity itself (e.g., S corporation status, REIT status , or MLP status).