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is received from the policyholder within the taxable year the company is not entitled to exclude from its premiums received from other policyholders any amount in respect of such dividend payment. (Art. 549.)
Gross income of foreign corporations.
REGULATION. The gross income of a foreign corporation or insurance company means its gross income from sources within the United States, as defined and described in articles 91-93 relating to nonresident alien individuals. The income from business relating to a foreign country which is transacted by a United States branch or agency of a foreign insurance company must be returned as gross income. (Art. 550.) [See page 831.]
Law. Section 234. (a) .... (10) In the case of insurance companies, in addition to the above:3 (a) The net addition required by law to be made within the taxable year to reserve funds (including in the case of assessment insurance companies the actual deposit of sums with State or Territorial officers pursuant to law as additions to guarantee or reserve funds); and (b) the sums other than dividends paid within the taxable year on policy and annuity contracts;
(11) In the case of corporations issuing policies covering life, health, and accident insurance combined in one policy issued on the weekly premium payment plan continuing for life and not subject to cancellation, in addition to the above, such portion of the net addition (not required by law) made within the taxable year to reserve funds as the Commissioner finds to be required for the protection of the holders of such policies only;
(12) In the case of mutual marine insurance companies, there shall be allowed, in addition to the deductions allowed in paragraphs (1) to (10),4 inclusive, amounts repaid to policyholders on account of premiums previously paid by them, and interest paid upon such amounts between the ascertainment and the payment thereof;
(13) In the case of mutual insurance companies (other than mutual life or mutual marine insurance companies) requiring their members to make premium deposits to provide for losses and expenses, there shall be allowed, in addition to the deductions allowed in paragraphs (1) to (10), inclusive (unless otherwise allowed under such paragraphs) the amount of premium deposits returned to
'Paragraphs 1 to 9 cover deductions for expenses, interest, taxes, losses, depreciation, etc. (See Chapters XXIII to XXXI.)
their policyholders and the amount of premium deposits retained for the payment of losses, expenses, and reinsurance reserves;
REGULATION. Insurance companies are entitled to the same deductions from gross income as other corporations, and also to the deduction of the net addition required by law to be made within the taxable year to reserve funds and of the sums other than dividends paid within the taxable year on policy and annuity contracts. “Paid" includes "accrued" or "incurred” (construed according to the method of accounting upon the basis of which the net income is computed) during the taxable year, but does not include any estimate for losses incurred but not reported during the taxable year. As payments on policies there should be reported all death, disability and other policy claims (other than dividends as above specified) paid within the year, including fire, accident and liability losses, matured endowments, annuities, payments on installment policies and surrender values actually paid. See also article 566. (Art. 568.)
Deductions for reserves.
REGULATION. Insurance companies may deduct from gross income the net addition required by law to be made within the taxable year to reserve funds, including in the case of assessment insurance companies the actual deposit of sums with State or Territorial officers pursuant to law as additions to guarantee or reserve funds. This is considered to mean the net addition required by the specific statutes of the States within which the taxpayer transacts business. A requirement by a State insurance commissioner that a net addition shall be made to certain amounts retained to meet specified liabilities is not a net addition required by law to be made to reserve funds within the meaning of the statute. Only reserves commonly recognized as reserve funds in insurance accounting are to be taken into consideration in computing the net addition to reserve funds required by law. In the case of a fire insurance company the only reserve fund commonly recognized is the "unearned-premium" fund. Casualty companies may deduct losses incurred within the taxable year; but unless the net addition to the unpaid loss reserve required by law exceeds such losses incurred, no deduction for the net addition to the unpaid loss reserve may be taken. In any event only the excess of such net addition over such losses may be deducted. In the case of life insurance companies the net addition to the "reinsurance reserve" and the “reserve for supplementary contracts not involving life contingencies," and the net addition to any other reserve funds necessarily maintained for the purpose of liquidating policies at maturity, are legally deductible. An increase in the reserve maintained by a life insurance company to pay dividends on deferred dividend policies may not be deducted from gross income. Mutual hail and mutual cyclone insurance companies are entitled to deduct from gross income the net addition which they are required to make to the "guaranty surplus" fund or similar fund. (Art. 569.)
Special deductions in the case of combined life, health and accident policies.
REGULATION. Corporations which issue combination policies of life, health and accident insurance on the weekly premium payment plan, continuing for life and not subject to cancellation, may deduct from gross income only such portion of the net addition not required by law made within the taxable year to reserve funds as is needed for the protection of the holders of such combination policies. In general the net addition to any fund especially maintained for the protection of such policyholders may be deducted. The determination by the company of the need for such addition is subject to review by the Commissioner, and the return of income should be accompanied by a full explanation of the basis upon which such fund and the additions to it are determined. (Art. 570.)
Special deductions allowed mutual marine insurance companies.
REGULATION. Mutual marine insurance companies should include in gross income the gross premiums collected and received by them less amounts paid for reinsurance. .... They may deduct from gross income amounts repaid to policyholders on account of premiums previously paid by them, together with the interest actually paid upon such amounts between the date of ascertainment and the date of payment thereof. The remainder of the premiums accordingly form part of the net income of the company, except to the extent that they are subject to the deductions allowed insurance companies in general and other corporations. (Art. 571.)
Special deductions allowed mutual insurance companies.
REGULATION. Mutual insurance companies (other than mutual life and mutual marine insurance companies), which require their members to make premium deposits to provide for losses and expenses, are allowed to deduct from gross income the aggregate amount of premium deposits returned to their policyholders or retained for the payment of losses, expenses and reinsurance reserves. If, however, any portion of such amount is applied during the taxable year to the payment of losses, expenses or reinsurance reserves, for which a separate allowance is taken, then such portion is not deductible; and if any portion of such amount for which an allowance is taken is subsequently applied to the payment of expenses, losses or reinsurance reserves, then such payment cannot be separately deducted. An amount of premium deposits retained for the payment of expenses and losses, and the amount of such expenses and losses, may not both be deducted. A company which invests part of the premium deposits so retained by it in interest-bearing securities may nevertheless deduct such part, but not the interest received on such securities. A mutual fire insurance company which has a guaranty capital is taxed like other mutual fire insurance companies. A stock fire insurance company, operated on the mutual plan to the extent of paying dividends to certain classes of policyholders, may make a return on the same basis as a mutual fire insurance company with respect to its business conducted on the mutual plan. (Art. 572.)
Insurance Companies which Are Exempt Law. Section 231. .... (3) Fraternal beneficiary societies, orders, or associations, (a) operating under the lodge system or for the exclusive benefit of the members of a fraternity itself operating under the lodge system, and (b) providing for the payment of life, sick, accident, or other benefits to the members of such society, order, or association or their dependents; ....
(10) Farmers' or other mutual hail, cyclone, or fire insurance companies, .... of a purely local character, the income of which consists solely of assessments, dues, and fees collected from members for the sole purpose of meeting expenses;
Fraternal beneficiary societies.
REGULATION. A fraternal beneficiary society is exempt from tax only if operated under the "lodge system,” or for the exclusive benefit of the members of a society so operating. “Operating under the lodge system” means carrying on its activities under a form of organization that comprises local branches chartered by a parent organization and largely self-governing, called lodges, chapters, or the like. In order to be exempt it is also necessary that the society have an established system for the payment to its members or their dependents of life, sick, accident or other benefits. (Art. 514.)
Mutual insurance companies and like organizations.
REGULATION. It is necessary to exemption that the income of the company be derived solely from assessments, dues and fees collected from members. If income is received from other sources, the corporation is not exempt, even though its additional income is tax exempt. Income, however, from sources other than those specified does not prevent exemption where its receipt is a mere incident of the business of the company. Thus the receipt of interest upon a working bank balance, or of the proceeds of the sale of badges, office supplies or equipment, will not defeat the exemption. The same is true of the receipt of interest upon liberty bonds, where they were purchased as a patriotic duty and were afterwards sold. Where, however, such bonds are bought as a permanent investment, the receipt of the interest destroys the exemption. The receipt of what is in substance an entrance fee, charged by a mutual fire insurance company as a condition of membership, does not render the company taxable, although this fee is called a premium. But the issuance of policies for stipulated cash premiums prevents exemption. .... (Art. 521.)
Returns of Insurance Companies
REGULATION. Insurance companies transacting business in the United States or deriving an income from sources therein are required to file returns of income. The return shall be on form 1120. As an aid in auditing the returns, wherever possible a copy of the report to the State insurance department should be submitted with the return. Otherwise a copy of schedule D, parts 1, 3 and 4, of the report should be attached to the return, showing the federal, State and municipal obligations from which the interest omitted from gross income was derived, and a copy of the complete report should be furnished as soon as ready for filing. (Art. 623.)