SIIA Believes IRS’ Recent Press Release on Captives Is Misleading

You may have heard that the IRS recently published a News Release (2020-26)  which provided an update to its settlement offer to certain taxpayers who are currently under audit with their captive program.

During last weeks’ meeting in Miami, FL with the Self Insurance Institute of Americas’ (SIIA) Captive Advocacy Committee, Capterra Risk Solutions requested that SIIA research the IRS’ claims and provide a summary of their findings. The article summarizing their findings can be found here.


  • The IRS claims that nearly 80% of taxpayers under audit that are receiving these settlement offers agreed to such settlements and announced the establishment of 12 audit teams to look at certain captive structures.
  • The release is misleading because 80% of the taxpayers have agreed to consider a settlement, not actually settle.
  • In SIIA’s research, not a single captive has engaged in a final settlement agreement.
  • The IRS’ supposedly 12 audit teams will most likely be looking at other issues unrelated to the captive industry, not solely focusing on captives themselves.

We agree with SIIA’s view that the IRS release is misleading.

As early adopters of the SIIA Captive Code of Conduct, as well as contributing authors of industry best practices and trailblazers in advocacy efforts, we will continue to bring you the latest developments directly from Capitol Hill.

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