October 20, 2015

Royalties in Accounting

When a business owns a life insurance policy (BOLI) for a key officer, it pays the premiums itself and names the actual business as the beneficiary should the officer die while the policy is in place. These premiums are considered standard business expenses, with a debit to an insurance expense account and a credit to cash or a payable. There’s one additional facet of BOLI accounting to consider – the FASB has determined that the value of the policy on the financial statement date should be included as a balance sheet asset. That value refers to the cash surrender value, NOT the possible benefit paid should the officer die in the future. If the cash surrender value changes during the […]