419 Welfare Benefit Plans

Welfare Benefit Plans (WBP), also known as Welfare Benefit Trusts and Welfare Benefit Funds are vehicles by which employers may offer their employees and retirees with certain types of insurance coverage (e.g., life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, and long-term care), as well as other benefits such as severance payments and educational funding.

If properly designed and in compliance with IRC sections 419 and 419A, WBPs offer employers with a valid tax deduction. However, as is the case with many plans that offer opportunities for deductibility, some WBPs fail to comply with Code standards, invite abuse, and otherwise are used inappropriately as a basis to reduce taxable income.

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