Sen. Wyden targets life insurance plans available only to the rich

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is calling for a crackdown on life insurance, arguing that the wealthiest people are using certain plans to dodge billions of dollars in tax liability.

Wyden, who is the chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, claims that private placement life insurance plans — which are only available to high earners and people with large net values — are a “buy, borrow, die” tax shelter for the ultra-wealthy. His office recently released a report detailing the plans.

The report found that such plans are only held by a few thousand wealthy investors but up to $40 billion in policies.

Wyden contends that these PPLI plans are unfair because they allow the insurer to invest shares in hedge funds and private equity companies. The wealthy individual paying into the plan can then take out tax-free
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