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William Berkley: Bermuda's worst enemy
01 October 2008
William Berkley, CEO of WR Berkley and leader of the campaign to get Bermudians to pay tax on internal reinsurance, tells Mark Bonthrone why he is optimistic about success in his quest.
It is a war of words that
has been going on for years as US firms demand Bermudians pay
tax on internal reinsurance. They, in return, have fought tooth
and nail against change. The stakes could hardly be higher.
The bitter feud is again escalating, however, after the
introduction in the US House of Representatives of a bill by
Richard Neal, a Democratic Representative, aimed at ending the
tax benefits enjoyed in the islands.
The crux of the dispute is that opponents of Bermuda believe
foreign insurers with US affiliates are able to move much of
their taxable underwriting and investment income out of the
country, merely by reinsuring the business with a foreign
affiliate in a low-tax jurisdiction.
In short, it's claimed that much, if not all, of the income
from US-written policies escapes US tax in stark contrast to
US-based insurers who must pay tax on all their...
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