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Life Insurance

Life insurance provides a solid financial foundation and serves as a versatile tool for businesses of all sizes. Organizations can use life insurance as a valuable benefit to attract top talent and build loyalty by helping employees protect their loved ones. Business owners can use life insurance for additional purposes including protecting their company, family, partners and key employees from an unexpected death.

Features and benefits

Additional Protection for Key Executives
Executives typically have higher incomes and often need larger death benefit protection than what is offered by typical employer-sponsored group benefit programs. By offering your key employees additional life insurance benefits, you can make available an increased level of protection that better suits their needs. In doing so, your organization can set itself apart when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent.

Access to Cash Value
A business owner who owns a whole life insurance policy can borrow against the accumulated cash value for a variety of purposes, including to help the business weather uncertain economic times, pay overhead expenses, or provide supplemental cash flow1.

Provide Executive Bonus
A company can help key executives purchase additional life insurance through an executive bonus plan. The executive owns the life insurance policy and pays the premiums, and the company "bonuses" the executive an amount equal to the premium and tax liabilities. The executive can use the policy’s cash value to supplement their retirement funds or for other purposes. If they were to die during employment, the policy’s death benefits would be paid to the insured’s family typically income tax-free.

Succession Planning
A life insurance policy is often the cornerstone of a business’s succession plan. When a business uses life insurance as the funding vehicle of a buy-sell agreement, the death benefits are used to purchase a deceased partner’s share of the business from their estate. This can help reduce conflict between all parties involved and allow the business to keep running smoothly. When used to fund a one-way buy-sell agreement, the chosen successor can also use the policy’s accumulated cash value as a source of funding for purchase of the company at owner's retirement.

Estate Equalization
In many family-owned businesses, some family members are actively involved in the company, while others are not. Splitting a business equally among family members regardless of their involvement can put family members at odds potentially causing conflicts that interrupt the flow of business. In this scenario, you can use a life insurance policy as part of your estate plan to provide a death benefit to those family members who are not involved in the company. The death benefit can be equal to the value of the business you leave to the family members who are involved and who will likely take over company ownership.

Key Employee Retention
You can use a life insurance policy to help fund a deferred compensation program to provide additional retirement benefits to a key employee. In this arrangement, the company owns the policy on the executive and, when the employee retires, the company uses the policy’s cash value to provide supplemental retirement income to the employee1. If the executive dies prior to retirement, the proceeds would be paid to the company. The company can then use the money to re-coup premiums paid and provide a death benefit to the executive’s family2.

Key Person Insurance
Many companies would falter with the death of a key employee. Lost revenue is only just one adverse effect that may impact the business. You can use life insurance to protect the company against the risk of a key employee’s unexpected death. The policy can be structured to provide the company with a death benefit equal to expected revenue loss and administration costs needed to find a suitable replacement.

What is the process for getting a life insurance policy?

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When you work with a financial professional, you can expect:

    • Analyze
    • During your initial phone call, your financial professional will ask you questions to understand your financial goals and objectives.

    • Recommend
    • After looking at your entire financial picture, your financial professional will provide you with suggestions to fill in the gaps so you can choose the products best suited for your situation.

    • Purchase
    • If you're satisfied with their recommendations, they work with you to secure the products and services to help ensure your financial future. This may require a medical exam.

    • Review
    • Your financial professional can work with you over time through periodic reviews to help you monitor the strategies in place, and their capacity to continuously meet your goals.

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Workplace Solutions

Workplace Solutions

Employee Benefits for All Shapes and Sizes

MassMutual offers a comprehensive suite of employee and executive benefit solutions that includes life insurance, disability income insurance and retirement plan services. Learn how our workplace benefit solutions can help your employees secure their financial future and protect the ones they love.

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1 Distributions under the policy (including cash dividends and partial/full surrenders) are not subject to taxation up to the amount paid into the policy (cost basis). If the policy is a Modified Endowment Contract, policy loans and/or distributions are taxable to the extent of gain and are subject to a 10% tax penalty. Access to cash values through borrowing or partial surrenders will reduce the policy’s cash value and death benefit, increase the chance the policy will lapse, and may result in a tax liability if the policy terminates before the death of the insured.

2 The death benefit on certain corporate owned policies may be taxable unless certain requirements are met.


The information provided is not written or intended as specific tax or legal advice. MassMutual, its employees and representatives are not authorized to give tax or legal advice. Individuals are encouraged to seek advice from their own tax or legal counsel.

Insurance products issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) Springfield, MA 01111-0001 and its subsidiaries C.M. Life Insurance Company and MML Bay State Life Insurance Company, Enfield, CT 06082.