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What Is Collateral Assignment (of a Life Insurance Policy)?
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Definition and Examples of Collateral Assignment
How collateral assignment works, alternatives to collateral assignment.
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If you assign your life insurance contract as collateral for a loan, you give the lender the right to collect from the policy’s cash value or death benefit in two circumstances. One is if you stop making payments; the other is if you die before the loan is repaid. Securing a loan with life insurance reduces the lender’s risk, which improves your chances of qualifying for the loan.
Before moving forward with a collateral assignment, learn how the process works, how it impacts your policy, and possible alternatives.
Collateral assignment is the practice of using a life insurance policy as collateral for a loan . Collateral is any asset that your lender can take if you default on the loan.
For example, you might apply for a $25,000 loan to start a business. But your lender is unwilling to approve the loan without sufficient collateral. If you have a permanent life insurance policy with a cash value of $40,000 and a death benefit of $300,000, you could use that life insurance policy to collateralize the loan. Via collateral assignment of your policy, you authorize the insurance company to give the lender the amount you owe if you’re unable to keep up with payments (or if you die before repaying the loan).
Lenders have two ways to collect under a collateral assignment arrangement:
- If you die, the lender gets a portion of the death benefit—up to your remaining loan balance.
- With permanent insurance policies, the lender can surrender your life insurance policy in order to access the cash value if you stop making payments.
Lenders are only entitled to the amount you owe, and are not generally named as beneficiaries on the policy. If your cash value or the death benefit exceeds your outstanding loan balance, the remaining money belongs to you or your beneficiaries.
Whenever lenders approve a loan, they can’t be certain that you’ll repay. Your credit history is an indicator, but sometimes lenders want additional security. Plus, surprises happen, and even those with the strongest credit profiles can die unexpectedly.
Assigning a life insurance policy as collateral gives lenders yet another way to secure their interests and can make approval easier for borrowers.
Types of Life Insurance Collateral
Life insurance falls into two broad categories: permanent insurance and term insurance . You can use both types of insurance for a collateral assignment, but lenders may prefer that you use permanent insurance.
- Permanent insurance : Permanent insurance, such as universal and whole life insurance, is lifelong insurance coverage that contains a cash value. If you default on the loan, lenders can surrender your policy and use that cash value to pay down the balance. If you die, the lender has a right to the death benefit, up to the amount you still owe.
- Term insurance : Term insurance provides a death benefit, but coverage is limited to a certain number of years (20 or 30, for example). Since there’s no cash value in these policies, they only protect your lender if you die before the debt is repaid. The duration of a term policy used as collateral needs to be at least as long as your loan term.
A Note on Annuities
You may also be able to use an annuity as collateral for a bank loan. The process is similar to using a life insurance policy, but there is one key difference to be aware of. Any amount assigned as collateral in an annuity is treated as a distribution for tax purposes. In other words, the amount assigned will be taxed as income up to the amount of any gain in the contract, and may be subject to an additional 10% tax if you’re under 59 ½.
A collateral assignment is similar to a lien on your home . Somebody else has a financial interest in your property, but you keep ownership of it.
To use life insurance as collateral, the lender must be willing to accept a collateral assignment. When that’s the case, the policy owner, or “assignor,” submits a form to the insurance company to establish the arrangement. That form includes information about the lender, or “assignee,” and details about the lender’s and borrower’s rights.
Policy owners generally have control over policies. They may cancel or surrender coverage, change beneficiaries, or assign the contract as collateral. But if the policy has an irrevocable beneficiary, that beneficiary will need to approve any collateral assignment.
State laws typically require you to notify the insurer that you intend to pledge your insurance policy as collateral, and you must do so in writing. In practice, most insurers have specific forms that detail the terms of your assignment.
Some lenders might require you to get a new policy to secure a loan, but others allow you to add a collateral assignment to an existing policy. After submitting your form, it can take 24 to 48 hours for the assignment to go into effect.
Lenders Get Paid First
If you die and the policy pays a death benefit , the lender receives the amount you owe first. Your beneficiaries get any remaining funds once the lender is paid. In other words, your lender takes priority over your beneficiaries when you use this strategy. Be sure to consider the impact on your beneficiaries before you complete a collateral assignment.
After you repay your loan, your lender does not have any right to your life insurance policy, and you can request that the lender release the assignment. Your life insurance company should have a form for that. However, if a lender pays premiums to keep your policy in force, the lender may add those premium payments (plus interest) to your total debt—and collect that extra money.
There may be several other ways for you to get approved for a loan—with or without life insurance:
- Surrender a policy : If you have a cash value life insurance policy that you no longer need, you could potentially surrender the policy and use the cash value. Doing so might prevent the need to borrow, or you might borrow substantially less. However, surrendering a policy ends your coverage, meaning your beneficiaries will not get a death benefit. Also, you’ll likely owe taxes on any gains.
- Borrow from your policy : You may be able to borrow against the cash value in your permanent life insurance policy to get the funds you need. This approach could eliminate the need to work with a traditional lender, and creditworthiness would not be an issue. But borrowing can be risky, as any unpaid loan balance reduces the amount your beneficiaries receive. Plus, over time, deductions for the cost of insurance and compounding loan interest may negate your cash value and the policy could lapse, so it’s critical to monitor.
- Consider other solutions : You may have other options unrelated to a life insurance policy. For example, you could use the equity in your home as collateral for a loan, but you could lose your home in foreclosure if you can’t make the payments. A co-signer could also help you qualify, although the co-signer takes a significant risk by guaranteeing your loan.
- Life insurance can help you get approved for a loan when you use a collateral assignment.
- If you die, your lender receives the amount you owe, and your beneficiaries get any remaining death benefit.
- With permanent insurance, your lender can cash out your policy to pay down your loan balance.
- An annuity can be used as collateral for a loan but may not be a good idea because of tax consequences.
- Other strategies can help you get approved without putting your life insurance coverage at risk.
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Collateral Assignment Split Dollar Method
Nov 28, 2020 12:15:00 PM / by The Retirement Group
What Is a Collateral Assignment Split Dollar Method?
Under a collateral assignment split dollar plan (or, as it is most commonly called, a collateral assignment split dollar arrangement, or SDA), generally an employee applies for a life insurance policy and is designated as its owner. The employer pays all or part of the insurance premium; this arrangement may be considered an interest-free loan to the employee. As stipulated by the agreement governing the SDA, the employee agrees to assign an interest in the life insurance policy to the employer as collateral securing the loan. Depending on how the SDA is structured, the employee may control all of the policy's cash value in excess of the assignment. The loan is either repaid at some point in the future, from the policy's death benefit or its cash value, or from other assets, or the loan is forgiven.
When Is a Collateral Assignment SDA Used?
A collateral assignment SDA may be used by an employer in several applications. One use is to provide low-cost life insurance coverage on a key employee or (if a corporation) to a shareholder. It is most often used to cover an owner-employee. The intention of a collateral assignment SDA is generally to give control of the life insurance policy to the employee. This arrangement works best when the employing company is in a lower tax bracket than the insured shareholder/employee. The collateral assignment method might be the only plan that is practical when an existing policy owned by the employee is to form the basis for a split dollar contract.
Benefits of a Collateral Assignment SDA to The Employer
- May be used to attract and retain employees
- Employer can choose which employees are covered--no IRS or ERISA approval required
- Employer's premium costs may be recovered
- Cash values may be used to fund future benefits
Strengths of a Collateral Assignment SDA for The Employee
- Employee owns the life insurance policy and may (depending on the agreement governing the SDA) control some or all of its cash value
- Employee can obtain a significant yet inexpensive amount of personal life insurance coverage
- When structured properly, may provide the employee's beneficiary a death benefit that would be income tax free
- Can be used to supplement the employee's group life insurance
Tradeoffs of a Collateral Assignment SDA for The Employer
- The employee owns the life insurance policy and may (depending on the agreement governing the SDA) control some or all of its cash values
- Premium costs won't be recoverable until a later date
- Premiums are not tax deductible
- There are costs and legal fees involved in drafting an agreement
- Interest in the policy (depending on the agreement governing the SDA) may be limited to reimbursement of premium payments and not full cash value
Caution: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 makes it a criminal offense for a public company to lend money to its executives or directors. Since an employer's premium payments may be construed as loans to the insured employee, the option of a collateral assignment SDA may not be available to these individuals. For more information, see the section below on tax consequences.
Tradeoffs of a Collateral Assignment SDA for The Employee
- There may be premium costs required
- If premiums are required, they are not tax deductible
- Depending on how the SDA arrangement is structured, the employee must pay income taxes each year on either the economic benefit of the life insurance protection or on imputed interest under the below-market loan rules
Establishing a Collateral Assignment SDA
To establish a collateral assignment SDA the following legal and technical documentation is required:
- Policy application--The life insurance application must be approved through the life insurance company's underwriting procedures.
- Corporate resolution (where appropriate) to authorize collateral assignment split dollar--The resolution must be authorized and placed in the minutes of the corporation.
- Collateral assignment split dollar agreement--The agreement governing the collateral assignment SDA should be drafted by a legal professional. It should spell out how the premium and the death benefit will be split, the rights of each party to the cash value of the policy, ownership and conditions, and when the agreement will terminate.
- Collateral assignment form, recorded with the insurer--The collateral assignment ensures that the loan is repaid before any proceeds are paid to beneficiaries.
- Collateral note--The collateral note must be adjusted with each premium payment to reflect the new loan balance.
Tax Consequences of a Collateral Assignment SDA
Caution: The following is not a comprehensive discussion of the tax consequences of a collateral assignment split dollar arrangement. You should consult additional resources.
Premiums Are Not Deductible
Policy premiums are not deductible to the corporation or the employee.
Tip: If the employer pays the employee a bonus to help fund his or her portion of the premium under the split dollar plan, the amount of the bonus is tax deductible for the employer but is taxed as income to the employee.
Equity or Non-Equity That Is The Question
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), any split dollar arrangement is a sharing of the costs and benefits of a life insurance policy between the owner and the non-owner of the policy. One of the "benefits" that may or may not be shared is the cash value of the policy. Generally, a collateral assignment is considered a non-equity SDA if the (non-owner) employer's interest is defined by the agreement governing the SDA as the greater of the cash value in the policy or the accumulated premiums paid.
Conversely, if the (owner) employee has rights to any cash value, the SDA is considered an equity SDA. In September 2003 the IRS and the Department of the Treasury issued new regulations governing SDA taxation. These regulations provide two mutually exclusive regimes for taxing split dollar life insurance arrangements: the economic benefit regime and the loan regime. Generally, ownership of the policy determines the regime under which the SDA is taxed. If the employer owns the policy (as is usually the case in an endorsement SDA), the arrangement is taxed under the economic benefit regime.
Conversely, if the employee owns the policy (as is usually the case with a collateral assignment SDA) the arrangement is taxed under the loan regime. However, any non-equity SDA (regardless of ownership) is subject to taxation under the economic benefit regime.
An Employee Party to a Non-Equity Collateral Assignment SDA Pays Tax on The Economic Value of The Insurance Coverage
If an employee is party to a non-equity collateral assignment SDA, each year the economic value of the insurance coverage must be reported on the employee's W-2 form and must be included in his or her taxable income. The new regulations governing the taxation of split dollar life insurance arrangements stipulate that an employee who entered an SDA prior to September 18, 2003 (and that has not been modified materially since), may determine the economic value of the life insurance coverage in one of two ways.
One way is to base the valuation on IRS Table 2001. The other is to use the insurer's lower published premium rates that are available to all standard risks applying for initial issue one-year term insurance. However, if the SDA was entered into after January 28, 2002, any such alternative rates used after December 31, 2003 to calculate the economic value of the insurance coverage must meet two criteria:
- They must be rates the insurer makes known and available to all standard risks applying for term insurance coverage from the insurer (which is as it has been), and
- They must be rates at which the insurer regularly sells term insurance to individuals who apply for such coverage through the insurer's normal distribution channels (which is a new and more restrictive requirement).
This valuation is reduced by any amount the employee has paid in premiums. Because the employee has no access to any policy cash value, the economic value of the insurance coverage is the only economic benefit he or she must take into account.
An Employee Party to an Equity Collateral Assignment SDA Pays Tax on Interest Imputed to The Employer's Premium "Loans"
According to the new tax regulations, an equity collateral assignment SDA entered into (or materially modified) after September 17, 2003 will be taxed under the loan regime. Under this regime, the (non-owner) employer is treated as lending premium payments to the (owner) employee. Each payment is treated as a separate loan. Generally, these loans will be repaid from either the cash value of the life insurance policy (upon termination of the SDA) or the death benefit (upon death of the employee).
Generally, the employee is expected to pay market-rate interest to the employer on the outstanding loan balances. If the employee is doing so, he or she incurs no annual tax liability. However (as is most often the case), if the employee is paying little or no interest to the employer, then the below market loan rules apply, and the employee must pay tax annually on the imputed interest. Under the loan regime, the employee is not taxed directly on his or her share of the cash value equity, either during the arrangement or upon rollout (the termination of the SDA).
Options Available to an Employee Party to an Equity Collateral Assignment SDA With Equity Build-Up
The new tax regulations are a significant departure from previous IRS guidance governing the taxation of an equity collateral assignment SDA. In the past, the (owner) employee was subject to tax only on the economic value of the insurance coverage provided. The employee was not subject to tax on imputed interest on the (non-owner) employer's premium payments under the below market loan rules, nor was the employee faced with eventual taxation on his or her cash value equity build-up. Under the new regulations, however, after January 1, 2004, an employee with equity build-up in a collateral assignment SDA may face a tax liability on the equity build-up upon termination of the SDA.
However, in accordance with IRS Notice 2002-8, an employee participating in an equity SDA entered into prior to September 18, 2003 may avoid taxation of any equity build-up by choosing one of the following alternatives:
- Continue to treat and report the economic value of the life insurance protection as taxable income for the remainder of his or her life. If this is done, the IRS will not treat the SDA as being terminated or materially modified, and thus will not assert there has been a transfer of value to the employee (which would require taxation of the employee's share of the cash value).
- Treat any premiums paid by the (non-owner) employer as loans made to the (owner) employee. All premium payments made by the employer since the inception of the SDA must be treated as loans entered into at the beginning of the first year in which such payments are treated as loans.
- For an SDA entered into before January 28, 2002, the IRS will not assert there has been a taxable event (and thus will not require taxation of the employee's share of the cash value) if the SDA is either terminated or converted to the loan arrangement described above.
Tip: This change must be made before January 1, 2004.
Caution: An employee may be participating in an equity SDA that has not yet reached the crossover point--the point where the cash value of the policy exceeds the aggregate premium payments made by the employer--as of January 1, 2004. As a result, the employee need not choose one of the above alternatives by that date. However, to avoid future taxation of any developing equity, the SDA must be unwound (terminated) prior to reaching the crossover point.
Caution: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 makes it a criminal offense for a public company to lend money to its executives or directors. While converting an equity SDA entered into before January 28, 2002 to a loan arrangement may satisfy the IRS, an employee of a public company with access to accumulated policy equity may still wish to terminate such an SDA before January 1, 2004. Doing so will not only avoid taxation of the accessible cash value but would also circumvent any suspicion of participation in criminal activity.
Beneficiary Generally Receives Proceeds Free of Income Tax
Generally, death benefit proceeds attributable to life insurance protection offered under an endorsement SDA are excludable from the income of the employee's beneficiary to the extent that the employee has either paid for the coverage or taken its economic value into account.
Third Party Considerations
A collateral assignment SDA may involve a third party, such as the covered employee's spouse, child, or irrevocable life insurance trust. In this instance, the third party owns the insurance policy, makes the collateral assignment to the employer in exchange for the employer's premium payments, and may (if it's an equity SDA) have rights to cash value equity.
When a third party is the owner of the policy, that party should be the covered employee's named beneficiary. If the third party policyowner names another beneficiary (a three-party contract), the third party policyowner would be deemed to have made a gift of the full proceeds received upon the death of the insured.
Depending on how the SDA is structured, the third party policyowner may be subject to income tax on the economic benefit of the insurance coverage on the employee or on imputed interest under the below-market loan rules. Further, the employee may be treated as having made a gift to the third party, which is subject to gift tax.
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Table of contents, what does collateral assignment mean, insuranceopedia explains collateral assignment.
Collateral assignment is the transferring of an asset's right of ownership from the borrower to the lender up until the loan gets fully paid. The transferred asset can be the borrower's life insurance.
A borrower's asset may be one of the requirements for taking out a loan. That asset should be of considerable value, like a house or a car. The borrower yields the ownership right to the lender, which gives the latter a sense of security to back the loan.
The borrower gets their right to the asset once again after the loan is fully paid. However, if the borrower is unable to pay the loan, the lender becomes the ultimate owner of the asset.
When insurance is used as the collateral assignment, the lender is assigned as the beneficiary and may remain as such if the borrower is unable to pay the loan, thereby receiving the benefits paid out by the policy.
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What is collateral assignment of life insurance?
Collateral assignment lets you use your life insurance as loan collateral. When you die, your death benefit is paid to your lender first and any remaining funds go to your beneficiaries.
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When you apply for a loan, particularly a small business loan or Small Business Administration (SBA) loan, you can use your life insurance coverage as collateral. This is called collateral assignment, and it ensures that your lender will be paid any outstanding loan amount if you don’t have a good credit rating or other collateral.
Collateral assignment is different from naming the bank as the sole beneficiary of your policy, like with credit life insurance . Instead, collateral assignment ensures that if you die before repaying your loan, the insurance company will use your death benefit to settle up. After that, any remaining funds go to your named beneficiaries.
If you already have a policy with a death benefit greater than your loan amount, you may be able to collaterally assign that policy. However, some lenders may require you to buy a new policy specifically for collateral assignment. If you don’t have a life insurance policy or need additional coverage, you will need to apply for a separate policy. Once you have a policy in place, you can request collateral assignment paperwork from your insurer.
Collateral assignment makes your life insurance death benefit collateral for a loan
If you die before repaying your debt, your insurer pays back what you owe to the lender before disbursing funds to your beneficiaries
You complete collateral assignment forms after your policy is active
The agreement ends only after you’ve satisfied the terms of your loan
How collateral assignment works
Applying for life insurance for collateral assignment is the same as applying for a personal life insurance policy — you need to have an active personal policy before you can assign it as collateral. You’ll go through the application review and underwriting process , and wait to receive your offer.
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Who to name as your beneficiary
When buying life insurance for the purpose of collateral assignment, you name the beneficiaries as you would for a personal policy. So, if your personal policy would list your spouse, you list your spouse. The lender is not your beneficiary; they are the assignee on the collateral assignment paperwork after your policy is active. On the form, you are the assignor .
When you fill out a collateral assignment form, that assignment supersedes your beneficiaries’ rights to the death benefit. If you die, the life insurance company pays the lender, or assignee, the loan balance. The remainder of your death benefit — if there is one — goes to your beneficiaries.
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Who owns the life insurance policy
You are the policy owner and responsible for the premium payments. Some lenders may require an escrow account for the life insurance premiums, others may require proof of payment or prepayment. If you use a whole life policy for collateral assignment, the lender has access to the cash value of the policy if you default on the loan.
When to fill out collateral assignment paperwork
After you pay your first premium, sign your policy papers, and the insurer confirms that your policy is active, then you can ask for a collateral assignment form from the life insurance company or your insurance broker.
You’ll need your loan officer’s name and number for the form, as well as your policy number, Social Security number, and other personal information.
When collateral assignment ends
Collateral assignment ends only if you pay off your loan before you pass away. Your lender must agree that the terms of your loan have been met and send a release to your insurer in order to terminate the agreement.
If your policy lapses or you choose to cancel it, the lender could consider that a violation of your loan contract. They may even pay your premiums on your behalf to prevent a policy lapse. In that scenario, the lender adds the cost of any premiums they paid for your policy to your loan total.
Alternatives to collateral assignment
If your lender doesn’t require a collateral assignment agreement but you want to leverage your life insurance for debt repayment, there are a few other options.
Life insurance loan: A life insurance loan allows you to borrow directly from your permanent policy’s cash value. You need to accumulate enough cash value to cover a loan, which can take several years. Any unpaid amount, plus interest, is deducted from your death benefit.
Cash surrender: You can give up your permanent policy and take its cash surrender value , the amount of cash built up in the policy minus administrative fees. This option involves canceling your policy, so you’ll need to find replacement coverage and could face penalties if you cancel during your policy’s surrender period.
Term life insurance: You should always buy enough insurance to account for your debts . On average, term life is five to 15 times cheaper than whole life, and your beneficiaries can use the death benefit to pay off your debts and keep the remainder, sidestepping collateral assignment paperwork or lender involvement.
For most people, the most affordable and straightforward option is using your term life insurance policy’s death benefit to account for any outstanding loans when you die, with or without a collateral assignment attached. If you need to use your life insurance policy for collateral assignment, the process is as simple as buying a policy and filling out the appropriate paperwork.
Frequently asked questions
A collateral assignment of life insurance directs your insurance provider to use your death benefit to pay off an existing loan if you die while in debt. After the lender is paid, any remaining funds go to your policy’s beneficiaries.
Your lender is the assignee of your collateral assignment agreement. You are the assignor of the agreement and the owner of your life insurance policy.
Collateral assignment can only be revoked if your lender confirms that your debt is paid and sends a release of collateral assignment to your insurer. The assignment cannot be changed if you change your mind or if your life insurance policy lapses.
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What Is a Collateral Assignment of Life Insurance?
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A collateral assignment of life insurance is a conditional assignment appointing a lender as an assignee of a policy. Essentially, the lender has a claim to some or all of the death benefit until the loan is repaid. The death benefit is used as collateral for a loan.
The advantage to using a collateral assignee over naming the lender as a beneficiary is that you can specify that the lender is only entitled to a certain amount, namely the amount of the outstanding loan. That would allow your beneficiaries still be entitled to any remaining death benefit.
Lenders commonly require that life insurance serve as collateral for a business loan to guarantee repayment if the borrower dies or defaults. They may even require you to get a life insurance policy to be approved for a business loan.
- The borrower of a business loan using life insurance as collateral must be the policy owner, who may or may not be the insured.
- The collateral assignment helps you avoid naming a lender as a beneficiary.
- The collateral assignment may be against all or part of the policy's value.
- If any amount of the death benefit remains after the lender is paid, it is distributed to beneficiaries.
- Once the loan is fully repaid, the life insurance policy is no longer used as collateral.
How a Collateral Assignment of Life Insurance Works
Collateral assignments make sure the lender gets paid only what they are due. The borrower must be the owner of the policy, but they do not have to be the insured person. And the policy must remain current for the life of the loan, with the policy owner continuing to pay all premiums . You can use either term or whole life insurance policy as collateral, but the death benefit must meet the lender's terms.
A permanent life insurance policy with a cash value allows the lender access to the cash value to use as loan payment if the borrower defaults. Many lenders don't accept term life insurance policies as collateral because they do not accumulate cash value.
Alternately, the policy owner's access to the cash value is restricted to protect the collateral. If the loan is repaid before the borrower's death, the assignment is removed, and the lender is no longer the beneficiary of the death benefit.
Insurance companies must be notified of the collateral assignment of a policy. However, other than their obligation to meet the terms of the contract, they are not involved in the agreement.
Example of Collateral Assignment of Life Insurance
For example, say you have a business plan for a floral shop and need a $50,000 loan to get started. When you apply for the loan, the bank says you must have collateral in the form of a life insurance policy to back it up. You have a whole life insurance policy with a cash value of $65,000 and a death benefit of $300,000, which the bank accepts as collateral.
So, you then designate the bank as the policy's assignee until you repay the $50,000 loan. That way, the bank can ensure it will be repaid the funds it lent you, even if you died. In this case, because the cash value and death benefit is more than what you owe the lender, your beneficiaries would still inherit money.
Alternatives to Collateral Assignment of Life Insurance
Using a collateral assignment to secure a business loan can help you access the funds you need to start or grow your business. However, you would be at risk of losing your life insurance policy if you defaulted on the loan, meaning your beneficiaries may not receive the money you'd planned for them to inherit.
Consult with a financial advisor to discuss whether a collateral assignment or one of these alternatives may be most appropriate for your financial situation.
Life insurance loan (policy loan) : If you already have a life insurance policy with a cash value, you can likely borrow against it. Policy loans are not taxed and have less stringent requirements such as no credit or income checks. However, this option would not work if you do not already have a permanent life insurance policy because the cash value component takes time to build.
Surrendering your policy : You can also surrender your policy to access any cash value you've built up. However, your beneficiaries would no longer receive a death benefit.
Other loan types : Finally, you can apply for other loans, such as a personal loan, that do not require life insurance as collateral. You could use loans that rely on other types of collateral, such as a home equity loan that uses your home equity.
What Are the Benefits of Collateral Assignment of Life Insurance?
A collateral assignment of a life insurance policy may be required if you need a business loan. Lenders typically require life insurance as collateral for business loans because they guarantee repayment if the borrower dies. A policy with cash value can guarantee repayment if the borrower defaults.
What Kind of Life Insurance Can Be Used for Collateral?
You can typically use any type of life insurance policy as collateral for a business loan, depending on the lender's requirements. A permanent life insurance policy with a cash value allows the lender a source of funds to use if the borrower defaults. Some lenders may not accept term life insurance policies, which have no cash value. The lender will typically require the death benefit be a certain amount, depending on your loan size.
Is Collateral Assignment of Life Insurance Irrevocable?
A collateral assignment of life insurance is irrevocable. So, the policyholder may not use the cash value of a life insurance policy dedicated toward collateral for a loan until that loan has been repaid.
What is the Difference Between an Assignment and a Collateral Assignment?
With an absolute assignment , the entire ownership of the policy would be transferred to the assignee, or the lender. Then, the lender would be entitled to the full death benefit. With a collateral assignment, the lender is only entitled to the balance of the outstanding loan.
The Bottom Line
If you are applying for life insurance to secure your own business loan, remember you do not need to make the lender the beneficiary. Instead you can use a collateral assignment. Consult a financial advisor or insurance broker who can walk you through the process and explain its pros and cons as they apply to your situation.
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Collateral Assignment of Life Insurance (Including Key Steps)
In the world of personal finance, bank loans of one type or another are a routine occurrence. It is also common for business owners to borrow money in starting a new venture and/or funding the expansion of an existing enterprise.
In securing such loans, lenders often require a life insurance policy on the borrower. Many people are somewhat unfamiliar with this type of requirement and may have a variety of questions, such as...
What is a collateral assignment of life insurance? Is there a difference between absolute assignment vs. collateral assignment? Or, what is involved in the assignment of a life insurance policy?
These or other related questions are understandable, given that this request by a prospective lender may be the first time an individual has ever heard of a collateral assignment. This article, Collateral Assignment of Life Insurance (Including Key Steps) , provides information related to the collateral assignment of life insurance, compares absolute assignment to collateral assignment, and discusses the process for collateral assignment, as well as other considerations in understanding how life insurance policies work .
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In applying for personal or business loans, a borrower’s repayment capacity, credit history, collateral assets, and other factors are routinely evaluated by a prospective lender.
As part of the repayment consideration, the lender may require a life insurance policy on the borrower as a condition of the loan. This requirement is more common with business loans, such as U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, but may also apply to personal lending in certain circumstances.
This type of arrangement is referred to as a collateral assignment and guarantees loan repayment in the event of a borrower’s untimely death. In this scenario, the policy owner is the assignor , and the lender requiring collateral assignment is the assignee .
In a collateral assignment, the insured borrower’s death benefit would be used to repay the outstanding loan amount, with any remaining benefit being paid to the policy’s listed beneficiaries. The life insurance policy used for collateral assignment may be either an existing policy or a new policy taken out specifically for this purpose.
Please note that a collateral assignment is preferred to simply listing the lender as a beneficiary on the policy since the outstanding loan amount usually decreases over time. Additionally, a collateral assignment will routinely terminate once the perspective loan balance has been paid in full.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration , "l enders should require life or disability insurance where there is a concern over whether the business could survive in the absence of an individual. When life or disability insurance is deemed prudent, the lender may accept a COLLATERAL ASSIGNMENT of an existing or new decreasing term or universal life insurance policy. LENDER SHOULD NOT BE NAMED AS A BENEFICIARY."
Types of Life Insurance for Collateral Assignment
If a death benefit only is required by a lender, either type of life insurance (i.e., term or permanent) is normally acceptable for collateral assignment.
On the other hand, if the lender requires “collateral” as a condition of extending the loan, an adequately funded cash value policy or other assets as collateral may be required.
Additionally, either an existing policy that you own or a new policy purchased specifically for collateral assignment may be acceptable.
Term Life Insurance
In many instances, term life insurance is the most logical and economical type of policy for providing a lender-required death benefit. Additionally, if a new policy is being established to meet lender requirements, a policy term length can be selected, which coincides with the terms of the loan.
As an example, a 10-year term life insurance policy could be purchased for collaterally assigned to a 10-year loan. Since term life is “pure” protection and provides no cash value, this type of policy will likely meet collateral assignment requirements for a death benefit only. If a lender requires additional collateral as a condition of loan approval, an existing permanent policy with accumulated cash value may be preferred.
Permanent Life Insurance
A permanent life insurance policy may also be used for collateral assignment. In the case of a permanent life policy, the accumulated cash value may be assessed to repay any outstanding balance in the event of borrower default, as well as providing death benefit protection. On a positive note, this “collateral” may be helpful in qualifying for a loan but also limits the policy owner’s access to the cash value as long as there is an outstanding balance.
In either event, once the loan is paid off, collateral assignment restrictions to both the cash value and death benefit are removed. It is also important to note that the policy owner has a responsibility to ensure that a policy used for collateral assigned remains in force and that required premiums are paid.
Group Life Insurance
In some instances, an individual’s group life insurance (employee benefits) may be used for collateral assignment. This is not common but is offered by some insurance companies as an option for group policy members. If you are considering a collateral assignment of life insurance that is part of a group policy or employee benefits, you should contact your benefits administrator and/or issuing insurance company to determine availability.
Collateral Assignment vs. Policy Loans
In answering questions related to the collateral assignment of life insurance, we sometimes receive inquiries concerning how collateral assignment differs from a policy loan.
First off, a collateral assignment and a policy loan are completely different processes.
With a collateral assignment, a borrower’s life insurance policy death benefit and/or cash value may be used to repay the outstanding loan balance in the event of borrower death and/or default. In comparison, a life insurance policy loan involves borrowing money directly from the life insurance company using the accumulated cash value as collateral. If you own a permanent life insurance policy (i.e., whole life, universal life, variable life, etc.), and have adequate cash value, a policy loan may be a great option to consider.
In comparing loan options, it is important to consider interest rates, loan terms, and other factors. It is also important to note that with a policy loan, you will be charged interest on the amount borrowed, an unpaid loan may reduce the death benefit paid to beneficiaries, and a policy lapse can have significant tax implications.
If you are considering taking out a policy loan on an existing life insurance policy, please consult your insurance and tax professionals for advice specific to your individual situation.
Absolute Assignment vs. Collateral Assignment
Another question that we receive related to the assignment of life insurance policies involves the difference between an absolute assignment vs. a collateral assignment.
As the name implies, an absolute assignment is exactly that, a complete assignment of all interest in a policy’s ownership. According to The Economic Times , "absolute assignment shifts the ownership of the insurance policy.”
Also, assigning a bank as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy is another common mistake. Being named as the primary beneficiary gives the bank rights to the entire death benefit regardless of the current balance on any loan. Whereas, as discussed above, a collateral assignment only commits policy benefits for the term and/or outstanding balance of the loan. So, after the loan amount is paid, the remaining death benefit would go to the policy’s primary beneficiaries.
To reiterate, NEVER provide an absolute assignment or primary beneficiary designation to a lender if all that is required is the collateral assignment of life insurance.
Process for Collateral Assignment of Life Insurance
In completing a collateral assignment of life insurance, it is extremely important to follow the requirements of both the proposed lender and prospective insurance company.
The attention to detail through this process can help to ensure that the collateral assignment is accurately completed, meeting ender requirements.
Using an Existing Life Insurance Policy
If you are required to provide a collateral assignment for a loan and have an existing life insurance policy with an adequate face amount, you can reach out to the issuing insurance company’s policy service department to request collateral assignment instructions and required forms. Most insurance companies allow collateral assignment of life insurance unless otherwise prohibited in the policy contract.
While the insurance company must be notified and will require certain paperwork to process the request, they are otherwise not involved in the loan process. When completing life insurance company collateral assignment forms, be prepared to provide detailed information related to both your existing policy and perspective loan.
Applying for a New Life Insurance Policy
If you require a collateral assignment for a loan and do not have an existing life insurance policy, you will need to apply for a new policy to meet the terms of your lender. Though the primary purpose of the new policy may be to satisfy lender requirements, it is always advised that you consider comprehensive coverage needs when applying for life insurance. As an example, you may choose to apply for a longer term policy that you plan to keep after the loan has been paid off for personal or business protection.
As with any purchase of life insurance, it is important to select the right type of policy, amount of coverage, and insurance company based on your individual situation. In naming beneficiaries on a life insurance policy purchased for collateral assignment, ensure to name personal beneficiaries (not the lender). This designation is extremely important since named beneficiaries will receive any death benefits above and beyond the outstanding loan amount.
Additionally, since life insurance policy approval may take anywhere from a few days for simplified issue (non-medical) products to up to 4 weeks or more for fully underwritten (requires medical exam) policies, the application and approval timeline should be taken into consideration. It is best to work with an experienced independent agent who can make appropriate recommendations and facilitate the application process. Once your new life insurance policy is approved and inforce, you can initiate the collateral assignment process by reaching out to the insurer for instructions and required paperwork, as discussed above.
Key Steps in the Collateral Assignment Process
The following are key steps in the collateral assignment process for most insurance companies and lending institutions. It is important to ensure that you follow the specific instructions provided by your individual insurance company. Additionally, consideration of the policy approval timeline is also advised since life insurance underwriting can take several weeks to complete.
- Determine lender requirements for collateral assignment related to proposed loan.
- Identify an existing policy or apply for a new policy, with appropriate death benefit.
- If applying for a new insurance policy, list personal beneficiaries, NOT the lender.
- Ensuring that new policy is inforce prior to requesting collateral assignment.
- Request forms required for collateral assignment from the insurance company.
- Complete required insurance company paperwork requesting collateral assignment.
- Once collateral assignment is complete, provide verification to lender as required.
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A collateral assignment of lease is a legal contract that transfers the rights to rental payments from the asset's owner to a lender to secure funding. In this contract, the lease’s rentals are like a loan from the funder to the lessor and the lease acts as security. Collateral assignment of lease agreements are often used in commercial real estate. In addition to the actual contract, the agreement is often accompanied by a promissory note and a security agreement. Throughout the duration of a collateral assignment of lease agreement, the lessor retains ownership of the leased asset.
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There are many different types of loans to choose from when large expenses arise, but they generally fall into two categories: secured and unsecured loans . While secured loans may carry advantages like better rates and a higher chance of getting approved, they come with one major stipulation: you will need to provide a form of collateral . You could choose to use your vehicle or even your home as collateral, but doing so comes with high risk: if you cannot make the loan repayments, you could lose your car or house.
Instead of taking these risks, your life insurance policy may be a good option for collateral, if your lender will accept it.
What is collateral assignment of life insurance?
A collateral assignment of life insurance is a method of securing a loan by using a life insurance policy as collateral. If you pass away before the loan is repaid, the lender can collect the outstanding loan balance from the death benefit of your life insurance policy. Any remaining funds from the death benefit would then be disbursed to the policy’s designated beneficiary(ies).
Why use life insurance as collateral?
There are several reasons why you might want to use life insurance as collateral for a loan. Among them:
- It can be affordable. Depending on your age, health, the type and value of policy, life insurance costs vary. However, life insurance premiums may be less than what you would pay for an unsecured loan with higher interest rates.
- You are not jeopardizing your personal property. By using life insurance as collateral, you might be able to take out a secured loan without putting your home or vehicle at risk. If you pass away before the loan is repaid, the lender will use funds available from your life insurance policy’s death benefit to pay off the loan.
- It may be attractive to lenders. Many financial institutions view life insurance as a good option for collateral, knowing that they will very likely have the money to pay off your loan in the event of your death.
Of course, there are also some situations in which a collateral assignment of life insurance is not the best option. Some people are unable to obtain affordable life insurance due to their age or health complications. It can also be difficult to use an existing life insurance policy as collateral for a loan; a lender may require you to take out a new policy, specifically for the purpose of the collateral assignment.
Alternatives to life insurance as collateral
If you are considering a collateral assignment of life insurance, there are a few alternative funding options that might be worth exploring. Since many factors determine each option, working with a financial advisor may be the best way to find the ideal solution for your situation.
Depending on your situation, an unsecured loan may be more affordable than a secured loan with life insurance as collateral. This is more likely to be the case if you have good enough credit to qualify for a low interest rate without having to offer any type of collateral. There are many different types of unsecured loans, including credit cards and personal loans.
Cash value life insurance
Some life insurance policies accumulate cash value over time that you can use in different ways. If you have such a policy, you may be able to partially withdraw the cash value or take a loan against your cash value. However, there are implications to using the cash value in your life insurance policy, so be sure to discuss this solution with a life insurance agent or your financial advisor before making a decision.
Home equity line of credit (HELOC)
A home equity line of credit (HELOC), is a more flexible way to access funds than a standard secured loan. While HELOCs carry the downside of risking your home as collateral, you retain more control over the amount you borrow. Instead of receiving one lump sum, you will have access to a line of credit that you can withdraw from as needed. You will only have to pay interest on the actual amount borrowed.
Frequently asked questions
How do i take out a loan using a collateral assignment of life insurance.
If you would like to take out a loan using life insurance as collateral, your first step should be to find a lender willing to issue this type of loan. After you confirm the lender’s requirements, you may be able to use your existing life insurance policy (if the lender will allow it) or will need to purchase a new policy for a collateral assignment.
If you take out a new policy, the application process is the same as applying for any other type of life insurance and may require extensive underwriting, including a medical exam. After you have purchased the new policy, you will need to ask the insurance company for a collateral assignment form that you will need to complete, noting your lender as an assignee. Generally, a lender will not be listed as a beneficiary. The beneficiary(ies)will be the person you would like to receive any leftover benefits not claimed by the lender.
What types of life insurance can I use as collateral for a loan?
Any type of life insurance policy can be used to secure a loan. This includes term, traditional whole life, universal life and variable universal life, according to the Insurance Information Institute. However, each financial institution will likely have different requirements. Make sure to discuss these requirements with your lender before purchasing life insurance with the specific intention to use it as collateral. If more than one option is available, you may want to compare the cost of premiums for each type of policy.
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Collateral assignment of life insurance allows policyholders to use the death benefit as loan collateral. The policyholder appoints a lender as the primary beneficiary of the insurance policy in the event the borrower passes away unexpectedly before repaying the loan. This lets the lender cash in the life insurance policy and recover what is owed if the policyholder dies.
Collateral assignment of life insurance guarantees funds to the business if the borrower defaults or dies. Many businesses accept life insurance as a form of collateral to protect against financial losses. If the policyholder dies before the loan is paid off, the lender receives the amount owed through the death benefit, and the remaining balance goes to the other listed beneficiaries. The collateral assignment is terminated as soon as the loan is paid in full.
Apply for Life Insurance for Collateral Assignment
The process to apply for life insurance for collateral assignment purposes is the same as applying for personal life insurance. You can use either a term or whole life insurance policy for collateral assignment. Applicants undergo an application review, a medical exam and a four- to six-week underwriting process. Applicants can also buy a no-medical exam life insurance policy that guarantees coverage they can use for collateral assignment, but they are more expensive, and the death benefit amounts tap out around $25,000.
Typically, whole life insurance policies are used for loan collateral because of their cash value. Although term insurance can help pay off a debt if the policyholder passes away, the account has no real value while the insured is alive. If the policyholder lapses on making payments on a whole or permanent life policy, they can just cash it in and collect the remaining cash value after paying off the loan and any other fees.
How to Name Your Beneficiaries on a Collateral Assignment Life Insurance Policy
When you purchase your collateral assignment life insurance policy, you list your beneficiaries not the bank or lender you are borrowing from. After the policy becomes active, the lender or bank is added as the assignee on the collateral assignment life insurance documents. Once that step is complete, the collateral assignment overrides your beneficiaries’ rights to the death benefit payout.
Collateral Assignment Life Insurance Policy Owner
The policyholder is the owner of the life insurance plan and is responsible for the monthly or annual premiums. Some lenders may require policyholders to submit proof of premium payments to ensure the account is active and in good standing. If the policy lapses or is canceled before the debt is paid off, the lender could consider that a violation of your financial agreement.
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On the surface, split-dollar life insurance is easy to understand. Digging into the legal and tax considerations of such a plan sheds light on the inherent complexities. In a previous post, I dove into how split-dollar life insurance can fit into the benefits offered by employers. In this post, I’ll break down the basics of split-dollar life insurance before sharing two common methods that employees may encounter when reviewing company benefits.
Splitting The Costs And Benefits
Split-dollar life insurance is an agreement—rather than a policy—between an individual and employer (or trust) using permanent life insurance. The employer pays all or most of the premiums while retaining an interest in the policy’s cash value and/or death benefit. The objective is to offer an employee high-quality life insurance while allowing the employer eventual reimbursement for premiums paid. A contract is drawn up spelling out the details of these main issues:
• Ownership of the policy.
• The premiums the employer pays (maybe all).
• The distribution of the cash value and/or death benefit among employee and employer.
The agreement lends itself to customization based on the goal. Maybe the objective is to offer employees a plum benefit, that is, great life insurance at little or no cost. The employer could use split-dollar life insurance to attract talented people or retain a top executive. The company might even use the arrangement to protect against the financial impact felt by the early death of a key employee.
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Policy ownership is a critical component of any split-dollar life insurance contract since it affects the way premiums are taxed and who has access to the policy’s cash value. Following are the two approaches:
Collateral Assignment Method: In this method, ownership sits with the employee. They have control over the insurance policy and its cash value. However, a portion of the cash value is assigned by the employee to the employer as collateral (often the amount of premiums paid). Employer-paid premiums are treated as loans to the employee with an adequate rate of interest attached. That interest is considered taxable income to the employee. This approach cannot be used by publicly traded companies since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act disallows them from loaning to executives.
The split-dollar arrangement could allow the employee to borrow from the cash value, provided it exceeds the assigned collateral portion. Since the employee owns the policy, at retirement, he/she can decide then whether to allow the policy to expire or take over the premium payments.
Endorsement Method: The employer pays some or all premiums while controlling the permanent insurance policy. The contract typically states that an employee can name a beneficiary for a particular share of the death benefit. The employee pays as taxable income his/her share of the economic benefit received. That amount is reflected on a W-2 form as imputed income. A clause is included in the contract detailing the exit strategy (rollout), i.e., how the policy will be managed on the employee’s retirement.
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There are no templates for these arrangements; they are instead “made-to-order.” Financial advisors are schooled in the particulars of these agreements, and companies typically consult them on how best to develop one. A lawyer and CPA are usually also involved before signatures hit the dotted line.
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What is collateral assignment of life insurance?
Collateral assignment of life insurance is a method of providing a lender with collateral when you apply for a loan. In this case, the collateral is your life insurance policy's face value, which could be used to pay back the amount you owe in case you die while in debt. Collateral assignment of life insurance is a common requirement for business loans, and lenders may require you to get a life insurance policy to be used for collateral assignment.
How does collateral assignment of life insurance work?
If you die before fully repaying your loan, collateral assignment will allow the lender, or "assignee," to be repaid for the outstanding loan amount using your death benefit. If you pay back your loan fully before passing away, or if only a portion of your death benefit is needed to pay off your loan, your beneficiaries can still file a claim for the policy's death benefit .
What steps are required to apply for collateral assignment of life insurance?
Depending on your lender and the loan type and amount you're applying for, collateral assignment of your existing life insurance or a new life insurance policy may be required. Collateral assignment requirements are particularly common with business loans. Here's how to apply for collateral assignment of life insurance:
Understand the requirements
Find out if your lender will accept collateral assignment of an existing permanent or term life insurance policy . If so, confirm that your current policy's death benefit amount is sufficient collateral for the loan. If the lender requires that you get a new life insurance policy for the collateral assignment, you may need to shop around for life insurance with a death benefit amount that's sufficient loan collateral.
Apply for life insurance
If you're buying a new life insurance policy , you'll apply with the insurer. Once you're approved, double-check with your lender that the policy you've qualified for meets their loan requirements.
Complete the collateral assignment form
Once your first life insurance premium is paid, you can proceed with completing a collateral assignment form via your insurer. On the form, you'll need to provide your lender's contact information so they can be added as the death benefit collateral assignee until your loan is repaid. The form also requires signatures from both the assignor (you) and assignee (your lender).
Proceed with your loan application
Once your bank can confirm they're the collateral assignee for your life insurance policy, you can proceed with your loan application.
Don't cancel your life insurance policy during the course of your loan and make your insurance payments on time to avoid a life insurance policy lapse ; otherwise, you could violate your loan contract. Your lender may then have the right to raise your loan's interest rate or demand full repayment of your outstanding loan balance.
Will collateral assignment affect my beneficiaries?
With collateral assignment, you should still name beneficiaries as usual, but the total death benefit available to them will depend on when you pay off your loan. If you pay it off before you pass away, your death benefit won't be affected. However, if you pass away before paying off your loan, the total death benefit your beneficiaries can file a claim for will be reduced by the amount needed to fully pay back your lender.
Your lender will be an assignee rather than a beneficiary, and the assignee can only claim up to the amount required to settle your loan. Any amount remaining may be claimed by your beneficiaries, so be sure to update your beneficiaries as needed while your policy is active.
Other ways life insurance can help you with a loan
Collateral assignment might not be the only way to qualify for the loan you need. If you have a whole life or universal life policy, consider how much cash value it currently has. Instead of borrowing from a lender, you may be able to borrow from your policy's cash value via a life insurance loan . Note that there will be limits to how much you can borrow without putting your coverage in jeopardy, and any part of the loan not repaid by the time you pass away may be deducted from your death benefit.
You can also choose to cash out your life insurance policy. This would end your coverage, and taxes and fees will apply, but you could use the policy's value to eliminate your need for a loan or reduce the amount you need to borrow. Consult with a financial advisor to understand the implications of your particular situation.
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What Is Collateral Assignment?
- Life insurance has many different, creative uses. Learn about life insurance assignments, or, collateral assignments and how they can be used to secure a loan.
There are many creative uses for life insurance. You can use it for a lot more than just paying for your funeral or covering debts you leave behind. There are ways to assign your life insurance policy to another party for a number of purposes. Collateral assignment is one of those processes.
Collateral assignment uses your life insurance policy as collateral. The lender is assigned as the primary beneficiary to insure they don’t lose money on a loan. If the borrower can’t pay, the lender sells the life insurance policy to cover the loan. If the borrower dies before paying off the loan, the lender takes what is owed from the death benefit.
The situation works out nicely for the lender, as generally death benefits not assigned to a lender are protected from debtors. Without collateral assignment, a lender could lose money in the event of a borrower's death.
To use a policy as collateral, it will likely need to be a whole life policy. Otherwise, the lender would not be able to sell it to recover its investment. After the loan is paid in full, the primary beneficiary on a collateral policy is generally reassigned to someone the policyholder chooses.
Where collateral assignment only transfers the right of primary beneficiary, absolute assignment transfers ownership of the entire policy. The use of absolute assignment is broader than collateral assignment. It doesn’t always involve a loan.
One common use of absolute assignment is charitable donation. You can transfer ownership of a whole life policy to a charity and it sets itself as the primary beneficiary. This is can be more efficient in some cases than just setting a charity as a beneficiary and avoids delays and fees involved with the estate. You may also be able to write off your premium in this situation as a charitable donation. Absolute assignment cannot be revoked.
What is a collateral assignment plan?
Under a collateral assignment split dollar arrangement, the business loans a key employee money to pay the premium on a life insurance policy . The employee pledges the policy as collateral for the loan.
What does a collateral assignment do?
What is a collateral assignment of a contract.
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Collateral assignment is the transfer of the rights to the rental payments from and a security interest (lien ) in a leased asset by the asset's owner and lessor to lenders – the lease funders – to secure the funding upon payment of the consideration by the funder to the lessor, typically structured on a nonrecourse ...
What is the difference between an absolute assignment and a collateral assignment?
If an absolute assignment was made, the company will pay the entire proceeds to the assignee. If a collateral assignment was made, the company will usually make the check payable jointly to the assignee and the beneficiary.
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How is a collateral assignment used in a life insurance policy?
A collateral assignment of life insurance is a method of securing a loan by using a life insurance policy as collateral . If you pass away before the loan is repaid, the lender can collect the outstanding loan balance from the death benefit of your life insurance policy.
Is collateral assignment of life insurance irrevocable?
You are the assignor of the agreement and the owner of your life insurance policy. Collateral assignment can only be revoked if your lender confirms that your debt is paid and sends a release of collateral assignment to your insurer .
What is a collateral assignment of loan documents?
It can also be used if the buyer is assigning its rights under a stock purchase agreement or any other kind of acquisition agreement. The collateral assignment assigns the rights of the buyer under the asset purchase agreement to a lender as security for a loan from the lender to the buyer .
Who is the assignee on a collateral assignment?
Collateral Assignee means the holder or beneficiary of a Collateral Assignment in connection with any Third Party Loan, including a financial insurer or an agent, trustee or other representative or designee of such a holder or beneficiary.
What is a collateral assignment of note and lien?
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What is difference between assign and transfer?
When used as verbs, assign means to set apart or designate something for a purpose while transfer means to pass or move from one person, place, or thing to someone or someplace else .
What is an irrevocable assignment?
Assignments made for value, or with consideration , are irrevocable. This means that the assignor cannot cancel or take back the assignment.
What is an assignment of a life insurance policy?
Assignment of a Life Insurance Policy simply means transfer of rights from one person to another . The policyholder can transfer the rights of his insurance policy to another for various reasons and this process is called Assignment.
How do I release a collateral assignment on life insurance?
Once the loan has been paid in full, the assignment must be lifted from the policy by means of a release form sent by the lender to the insurance company . When it receives the release, the insurance company cancels the assignment and restores all rights in the policy to the owner.
Can I borrow money against my term life insurance policy?
Unlike the costlier alternative of whole life insurance, term life doesn't build up a cash value. As a result, you can't borrow against a term life insurance policy .
How much money can I borrow from my life insurance?
How Much Can You Borrow Against Your Life Insurance Policy? Each insurance company will have different rules in place, but in general, the most you can borrow against your life insurance is up to 90% of its cash value .
What does collateral mean in insurance?
Collateral protection insurance (CPI) is car insurance that protects your car against physical damage . It is chosen by your lender and added onto your loan payments when you fail to insure (or properly insure) your car yourself.
What is a release of collateral?
This is a standard form of release of collateral letter. A release letter is typically given by a lender to a borrower after repayment of the borrower's outstanding loans to the lender under a secured loan agreement .
What contractual rights can be assigned?
Only tangible things like property and contract rights can be transferred or assigned. Most contracts allow for assignment or transfer of contract rights, but some will include a clause specifying that transfers are not permitted.
What is absolute assignee?
The person who transfers the rights is called the Assignor and the person to whom the rights are being transferred is called the Assignee. Hence Absolute Assignment means completely transferring whole and sole rights of the policy from the Assignor to the Assignee without any further terms and conditions applicable .
What does the life insurance company do upon an insured's death if there is a collateral assignment attached to the insured's policy?
What does the life insurance company do upon an insured's death if there is a collateral assignment attached to the insured's policy? The insurer pays the collateral assignee the balance of the loan still owed out of the death benefit, and the rest of the death benefit goes to the beneficiary .
Can a life insurance policy owner revoke an absolute assignment?
Nope. Absolute assignments are permanent and cannot be revoked .
What happens if you don't pay back a life insurance loan?
The policy's cash value acts as collateral for the policy loan. If you never pay back the policy loan during your lifetime, the amount is deducted from the death benefit when you pass away —meaning that your beneficiaries will receive less and essentially repay the loan.
What banks accept life insurance as collateral?
Whole life insurance policy must be issued by one of the following approved insurance carriers to be eligible as collateral: Guardian Life, New York Life, MassMutual, Metropolitan Life, John Hancock, Northwestern Mutual, Brighthouse Financial, Penn Mutual Ohio National Life Insurance Company, and Pacific Life.
What are two types of assignments?
The two types of assignment are Collateral (partial), and Absolute (entire face amount) .
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Split-Dollar Insurance: Life Insurance for Executives
If you're looking for a unique benefit solution that will provide your business’ key executives with life insurance and supplemental retirement benefits, split-dollar life insurance fits the bill perfectly.
What is Split-Dollar Life Insurance?
Split-dollar life insurance is a method that a business can use to provide a life insurance policy—and the associated cash values that go with it—to a key executive. The cash value element of the life insurance policy can provide supplemental retirement income for the key executive. The death benefits of the life insurance policy can provide a benefit for the executive’s family (beneficiary) in the event of the executive’s premature death. Also, the business receives a death benefit to recover the premiums paid for the life insurance policy. The plan can be designed to provide the business with a recovery of the cost of funds used in allocating assets to this very important executive benefit plan.
Split-dollar life insurance can be designed in two ways:
1. The endorsement method (economic benefit regime)
2. The loan regimen method (better known as collateral assignment split dollar or CASD)
Differences Between Plan Arrangements
Endorsement (economic benefit) method
In the endorsement method, the life insurance policy is owned by the business, with the key executive listed as the insured. The beneficiary is typically split between the business and the key executive’s named beneficiary. The business pays the premium.
The business endorses part of the cash value (the policy cash value in excess of the business’ premium contributions to the policy) to the executive. The policy death benefit is also split, with the business retaining enough death benefit to recover its cumulative premiums paid into the policy and the remaining death benefit going to the key executive’s beneficiary. In some cases, the business may retain death benefit coverage as key person life insurance on the executive in order to help the business gather money to help replace the executive in case of premature death.
The key executive must pay income tax annually on the economic value of the executive's death benefits portion of the life insurance protection. The value of the executive’s portion of the death benefit is determined by using IRS table 2001.
When endorsement method split-dollar life insurance is intended to provide a supplemental retirement income for a key executive, the plan takes on some unique characteristics. If the plan is owned by a non-profit business and provides a retirement benefit (economic benefit) to the key executive, the plan becomes subject to IRS code sections 457(f) and 409(A).
Code section 457(f) has certain aspects that make the plan less favorable than the collateral assignment split-dollar arrangement. The plan is subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. As long as the executive isn’t entitled to a cash benefit (retirement benefit) or the executive doesn’t vest in the plan, there is no current income taxation (deferred income taxation) until there is no longer a substantial risk of forfeiture.
Collateral assignment split-dollar life insurance arrangement (CASD)
In the collateral assignment split-dollar arrangement, the key executive is the owner and insured of the life insurance policy. The business pays the premiums on the policy by making a loan to the executive for the annual premium. This is booked as a long-term asset on the business’ balance sheet. The beneficiary of the policy is split between the business (to recover the outstanding loan) and the executive’s beneficiary. The executive executes a collateral assignment of the life insurance policy to the business as collateral for the premium loans.
In the CASD arrangement, the loan from the business to the key executive is usually an interest-free loan. When the loan is structured this way, it is a below-market loan subject to IRS code 7872. Code section 7872 states that the interest on the loan will be imputed to determine the interest that should have been paid on the loan. This is referred to as the "applicable federal rate" (AFR). This imputed interest is taxable to the executive each year and is based on the cumulative outstanding loan. The rate of imputed interest depends on whether the loan is a demand loan or a term loan. A demand loan is any loan payable in full at any time on demand of the lender. To the extent provided in the regulations, such term also includes any loan with an indefinite maturity. A term loan means any loan which is not a demand loan.
To offset the impact of this additional income and the income tax on it for the key executive, the business gives the executive a bonus to offset the income tax. This bonus can be “grossed-up” to offset the income tax on the bonus.
When the key executive vests in the plan benefits, the vesting doesn't trigger a taxable event (as the endorsement method does). When the executive begins to withdraw benefits (supplemental retirement income), the withdrawals are income tax free up to the basis in the life insurance policy. Therefore, the amount of premiums paid into the life insurance can be withdrawn income tax free.
It's always a challenge to keep the best people on your company's payroll. When you provide a valuable executive benefits package, including split-dollar insurance, you prove your company's dedication to providing a total compensation package that gives key executives a convincing reason to stay put.
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What is collateral assignment?
Collateral assignment: When you pledge your life insurance contract as security for a loan, you give the lender the right to collect from the policy’s cash value or death benefit in two circumstances. One is when you stop making payments; The other is if you die before the loan is repaid. Backing a loan with life insurance reduces the lender’s risk, which improves your chances of getting a loan on the loan.
Before proceeding with collateral assignment, it is important to understand how the process works, how it affects your policy, and possible alternatives.
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Collateral Assignment Definition and Examples
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Collateral assignment is the practice of using life insurance as collateral for a loan. Collateral is any asset that your lender can hold if you default on the loan.
For example, you can apply for a $25,000 loan to start a business. However, your lender is not willing to approve the loan without sufficient collateral. If you have permanent life insurance with a cash value of $40,000 and a death benefit of $300,000, you can use that life insurance to secure the loan. By assigning collateral for your policy, you authorize the insurance company to give the lender the amount you owe if you are unable to keep up with payments (or if you die before the loan is repaid).
Lenders have two options for cashing under a collateral allocation agreement:
- If you die, the lender gets a portion of the death benefit—up to your remaining loan balance.
- With permanent insurance policies, the lender can give up your life insurance to access the monetary value if you stop making payments.
Lenders are only entitled to the amount you owe and are generally not named as beneficiaries in the policy. If your cash value or death benefit exceeds your outstanding loan balance, the remaining money is yours or your beneficiaries’.
How Collateral Assignment Works
Whenever lenders approve a loan, they cannot be sure that you will repay it. Your credit rating is an indicator, but sometimes lenders want extra security. Also, surprises happen, and even those with the strongest credit profiles can die unexpectedly.
Assigning life insurance as collateral gives lenders another way to protect their interests and can make approval easier for borrowers.
Types of life insurance collateral
Life insurance can be divided into two broad categories: permanent insurance and term insurance . You can use either type of insurance for a collateral assignment, but lenders may prefer permanent insurance.
- Perpetual insurance : Perpetual insurance, such as universal and life insurance, is a lifetime insurance coverage that contains a cash value. If you default on the loan, lenders can surrender your policy and use that cash value to pay off the balance. If you die, the lender is entitled to the death benefit up to the amount you still owe.
- Term insurance : Term insurance provides a death benefit, but it is limited to a certain number of years (e.g. 20 or 30 years). Since these policies have no cash value, they only protect your lender if you die before paying off the debt. The term of a term policy used as collateral must be at least as long as your loan term.
A note on pensions
You may also be able to use an annuity as collateral for a bank loan. The process is similar to using life insurance, but there is one key difference you need to be aware of. Any amount assigned as security for an annuity is treated as a distribution for tax purposes. In other words, the amount allocated will be taxed as income up to the amount of contract gain and may be subject to an additional 10% tax if you are under 59½.
A collateral assignment is similar to a lien on your home . Someone else has a financial interest in your property, but you retain title to it.
In order to use life insurance as collateral, the lender must be willing to accept a pledge of collateral. In this case, the policyholder or “assignee” sends the insurance company a form to make the agreement. This form contains information about the lender or “assignee” and details the lender’s and borrower’s rights.
Policy owners generally have control over policies. You can cancel or surrender coverage, change beneficiaries, or assign the contract as security. However, if the policy has an irrevocable beneficiary, that beneficiary must approve the assignment of collateral.
State laws usually require you to notify the insurer that you intend to pledge your insurance policy as security, and you must do so in writing. In practice, most insurers have specific forms detailing the terms of your order.
Some lenders may require you to obtain a new policy to secure a loan, others allow you to add a collateral assignment to an existing policy. After submitting your form, it may take 24 to 48 hours for the assignment to take effect.
Lenders get paid first
If you die and the policy pays a death benefit , the lender gets the amount you owe first. Your beneficiaries will receive any remaining funds once the lender is paid. In other words, your lender takes precedence over your beneficiaries when using this strategy. Be sure to consider the impact on your beneficiaries before completing a collateral assignment.
After you repay your loan, your lender has no right to your life insurance, and you can request that the lender release the assignment. Your life insurance company should have a form for this. However, if a lender pays premiums to keep your policy in effect, the lender can add those premium payments (plus interest) to your total debt – and collect that extra money.
Alternatives to Collateral Assignment
There are several other ways you can get loan approval – with or without life insurance:
- Give up a policy : If you have cash value life insurance that you no longer need, you might be able to give up the policy and use the cash value. This could eliminate the need to borrow, or you could borrow significantly less. However, if you surrender a policy, your coverage will end, meaning your beneficiaries will not receive a death benefit. Also, you probably owe taxes on winnings.
- Borrow from your policy : You may be able to borrow against the cash value of your perpetual life insurance to get the funds you need. This approach could eliminate the need to work with a traditional lender and creditworthiness would not be an issue. Borrowing can be risky, however, as an unpaid loan balance reduces the amount your beneficiaries receive. Additionally, over time, deductions for insurance costs and compound interest can negate your present value and the policy may expire. Therefore, monitoring is crucial.
- Consider Other Solutions : You may have other options unrelated to life insurance. For example, you could use the equity in your home as collateral for a loan, but you could lose your home in foreclosure if you can’t make the payments. A co-signer could also help you qualify, although the co-signer takes a significant risk by guaranteeing your loan.
The central theses
- Life insurance can help you get loan approval if you use collateral assignment.
- If you die, your lender will receive the amount you owe and your beneficiaries will receive the remaining death benefit.
- With permanent insurance, your lender can pay off your policy to pay off your loan balance.
- An annuity can be used as collateral for a loan, but it may not be a good idea due to tax ramifications.
- Other strategies can help you get approval without jeopardizing your life insurance coverage.
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Collateral Assignment of a Life Insurance Policy
Written by Brian Greenberg CEO / Founder & Licensed Insurance Agent
Last updated: November 16th, 2022
Reviewed by Grant Desselle Licensed Insurance Agent
Did you know your life insurance policy can help you get a loan? Lenders widely accept life insurance as collateral because of the guaranteed funds, so if the worst happens, they’re still going to get repaid. Let’s take a look at the collateral assignment of a life insurance policy and see how it works.
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Getting approved for a loan depends on a number of different factors — one of which is how you intend to pay back the loan if you die. That’s where assigning a life insurance policy comes into play. It’s a useful feature that guarantees the money will be paid back, no matter what. Thus, a lender is more likely to approve your loan request.
You are free to assign your life insurance policy, granted there isn’t some kind of limitation in your contract that prevents it. You can even assign the same policy to multiple banks to secure more than one loan. Let’s say you have a $500,000 policy. You can assign one portion of it to one bank and another portion to another bank.
With an assignment, you can transfer the rights to all of or a portion of the policy’s proceeds to an assignee. Essentially, the assignment is subject to the negotiations and agreement between you and the lender.
The collateral assignment of a life insurance policy is conditional. A term policy secures the loan in the case of a death, and it is required for many types of bank loans. Collateral refers to the cash value in a life insurance policy — whole life or universal life policies that build up cash value — but it does not apply to term policies.
Unlike an absolute assignment — which pretty much assigns the policy lock, stock, and barrel with no possibility of reversal — the collateral assignment is a more limited type of transfer. If you die before the loan is paid back, the lender receives the amount that is still owed through the death benefit. The remaining balance is then directed to any other named beneficiaries. And the policy has to stay current, meaning you need to keep up with paying all the necessary premiums for the life of the loan.
Also, your access to the cash value (let’s say you have a whole or universal life policy) is restricted in an effort to protect the collateral. If the loan is paid off before your death, the lender will no longer be the beneficiary of the death benefit. Cash value assignments are more attractive to lenders because the funds can be recovered without the death of the borrower.
The insurance company has to be notified of the collateral assignment of a policy, but other than keeping up with the terms of the contract, they really don’t have any involvement or authority in the agreement.
If your bank asks you to assign them as the beneficiary, don’t do it. If you die and have only paid off half your loan, the bank will get the remaining balance because they are the beneficiary, and that contract takes precedence over any will. Don’t let this happen.
Banks only require a collateral assignment, which means as the amount owed on your loan decreases, the amount that goes to the bank will decrease as well. If you take out a $100,000 loan on a collateral assignment and pay off half that loan, the collateral assignment will only pay the bank what’s left on the loan. The rest will go to the primary beneficiary. If there are no other listed beneficiaries, it will go to your estate. Never give the bank that full amount. The collateral assignment decreases the benefit to be in line with your loan.
Any type of life insurance policy is acceptable for a collateral assignment, as long as the insurance company allows an assignment for that particular policy.
A permanent life insurance policy with a specific cash value allows the lender access to that amount as repayment of the loan if the borrower were to default. The policy owner’s access to the cash value is limited as a safeguard on the collateral. Again, as long as the loan is paid off before the borrower dies, the assignment is removed and the lender has no access to the death benefit. It’s as simple as that, really.
A term life insurance policy is a great (and inexpensive) option, too. Plus, some lenders only require the loan for a certain period of time that coincides with the term of the loan — five years, seven years, oftentimes a 10-year term policy works. Once the loan is paid off, you can cancel the policy or keep it going and continue to protect your family.
Let’s say you purchase $300,000 of term life insurance coverage. Eventually, you go to your bank for a $150,000 loan and use a collateral assignment on the policy as partial collateral. Your children are named as the beneficiaries on your life insurance policy. After you die, both the bank and your children make claims with the insurance company for the death benefit. The bank would have the right to the money that is still owed to them above anything your children would receive. The collateral assignee (the bank) has priority. That means they will be paid before the rest of the death benefit is released to the beneficiaries (in this case, your children).
Some lenders will consider using an existing life insurance policy for an assignment. Others may say you need a new policy for their purposes. Either way, using life insurance as collateral to secure a loan is a fairly common practice that every insurance company can handle.
First, begin by securing your loan.
Go to your bank and find out what their requirements are and what kinds of loans they offer.
Loans are most often backed by the Small Business Administration and sold by larger banks like Wells Fargo, Chase, or Bank of America. Smaller banks are certainly an option as well.
Here is a list of the most active Lenders of SBA 7(a) General Small Business Loans .
Learn more about the Small Business Administration’s loan programs .
The collateral assignment is a simple form that needs to be filled out and signed by all parties involved: the lender, the insured, and the owner and payer, if different than the insured.
The forms can be signed at the time of application, or after the policy is issued. The time frame to process the request for the collateral assignment is typically 24 to 48 hours.
Some banks do require you get the form notarized at the time of signing (usually at the bank).
Here are some sample forms from three of our most popular companies that were used to get insurance policies for collateral assignments.
- Savings Bank Life Insurance
- North American Company
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