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International Insurer and Reinsurer (Act 98)

posted Jul 27, 2014, 1:54 PM by Isla CPA   [ updated Jul 27, 2014, 1:54 PM ]
Act 98 which is known as the International Insurer and Reinsurer Act (IIRA) enables the creation of international insurers, reinsurers and holding companies. These companies are eligible for attractive tax treatment. The intent of the act was to facilitate the growth of export insurance and reinsurance sectors by establishing a level playing field for Puerto Rico insurers to compete with Bermuda, Cayman Islands etc. Only insurer/reinsurers or another international insurer holding companies that are approved by the Commissioner of Insurance are eligible for this attractive tax treatment. Generally, the tax treatment is 0% on income tax dividends, distributions from liquidation, as well as other taxes. In addition, revenues for non-residents may also be exempt. 

There are more rules and this post contains simplifications and is not comprehensive. Additionally, as always, a professional should be consulted and be presented with specific information.

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