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  • Writer's pictureJay Judas

Tier One: Harnessing the Power of Private Placement Variable Annuities

In the realm of financial planning and investment strategies, private placement variable annuities ("PPVAs") have emerged as a versatile and dynamic tool for individuals, foreign investors in real estate, and tax-exempt entities. Offering a unique blend of wealth accumulation, tax advantages, and portfolio diversification, PPVAs have gained prominence as a preferred choice for those seeking tailored solutions to their financial objectives.

Individuals, tax-exempt organizations and foreign investors are increasingly turning to PPVA to create tax efficiency.


PPVAs provide individuals with an effective means to grow and protect their wealth. As individuals seek to enhance their investment portfolios, PPVAs offer a range of benefits, including:

  1. Tax-Deferred Growth: PPVAs allow individuals to accumulate wealth on a tax-deferred basis. This means that any earnings generated within the annuity are not subject to immediate taxation, allowing for compounding growth over time.

  2. Investment Flexibility: PPVAs offer a broad selection of investment options, including stocks, bonds, and highly tax-inefficient alternative investments. This flexibility empowers individuals to design a customized portfolio aligned with their risk tolerance and financial goals.

  3. Enhancing Charitable Giving: PPVAs allow for funds earmarked for charity to growth tax-free and then be paid tax-free to the charity of the donor’s choosing.

Foreign Investors

Foreign investors seeking exposure to the lucrative U.S. real estate market can leverage PPVAs to access a wide range of benefits. Perhaps the most valuable benefits are to create tax efficiency and portfolio diversification. PPVAs allow foreign investors to mitigate potential tax burdens associated with investing in U.S. real estate. By making and holding real estate investments within the annuity structure, foreign investors may be able to eliminate FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act) taxation and ECI (effectively connected income) taxation.

Additionally, PPVAs offer foreign investors the ability to diversify their U.S. real estate holdings by accessing a broad spectrum of investment options, including commercial properties, residential projects, and real estate investment trusts (REITs). This diversification reduces exposure to individual property risks and enhances overall portfolio stability.

Tax-exempt Investors

Tax-exempt entities, such as non-profit organizations and retirement plans, can leverage PPVAs to address the challenges posed by unrelated business income taxation (UBIT). PPVAs offer the following advantages:

  1. By investing in private placement variable annuities, tax-exempt entities can potentially avoid UBIT (unrelated business income taxation) on certain types of income generated through alternative investments, such as real estate partnerships, private equity, and hedge funds. This exemption allows tax-exempt entities to maximize their investment returns and preserve capital without having to go to the immense hassle and burden of establishing and administering a corporate blocker.

  2. PPVAs provide tax-exempt entities access to a broader range of investment options, including private equity and venture capital, which may be otherwise subject to UBIT if held directly. This expanded investment universe can enhance portfolio diversification and potentially boost long-term returns.

  3. PPVAs offer tax-exempt entities the flexibility to tailor their investment strategies to align with their specific goals and risk tolerance. This customization empowers entities to optimize their portfolios while adhering to regulatory requirements.

Help is Here

PPVAs have emerged as a powerful financial instrument, offering unique benefits to individuals, foreign investors in real estate, and tax-exempt organizations. Through tax advantages, wealth accumulation potential, and portfolio diversification, PPVAs empower these groups to achieve their financial objectives with increased efficiency and strategic flexibility.

If you need help in determining if a PPVA solution is suitable for you or your organization, we can help. At Life Insurance Strategies Group, we do not sell products. We help our affluent individual and institutional clients make decisions involving complex life insurance transactions.


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