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Efile free 8. Efile free   Foreign Insurance Taxes Table of Contents Premium. Efile free Tax is imposed on insurance policies issued by foreign insurers. Efile free Any person who makes, signs, issues, or sells any of the documents and instruments subject to the tax, or for whose use or benefit they are made, signed, issued, or sold, is liable for the tax. Efile free The following tax rates apply to each dollar (or fraction thereof) of the premium paid. Efile free Casualty insurance and indemnity, fidelity, and surety bonds: 4 cents. Efile free For example, on a premium payment of $10. Efile free 10, the tax is 44 cents. Efile free Life, sickness, and accident insurance, and annuity contracts: 1 cent. Efile free For example, on a premium payment of $10. Efile free 10, the tax is 11 cents. Efile free Reinsurance policies covering any of the taxable contracts described in items (1) and (2): 1 cent. Efile free However, the tax does not apply to casualty insurance premiums paid to foreign insurers for coverage of export goods in transit to foreign destinations. Efile free Premium. Efile free   Premium means the agreed price or consideration for assuming and carrying the risk or obligation. Efile free It includes any additional charge or assessment payable under the contract, whether in one sum or installments. Efile free If premiums are refunded, claim the tax paid on those premiums as an overpayment against tax due on other premiums paid or file a claim for refund. Efile free When liability attaches. Efile free   The liability for this tax attaches when the premium payment is transferred to the foreign insurer or reinsurer (including transfers to any bank, trust fund, or similar recipient designated by the foreign insurer or reinsurer) or to any nonresident agent, solicitor, or broker. Efile free A person can pay the tax before the liability attaches if the person keeps records consistent with that practice. Efile free Who must file. Efile free   The person who pays the premium to the foreign insurer (or to any nonresident person such as a foreign broker) must pay the tax and file the return. Efile free Otherwise, any person who issued or sold the policy, or who is insured under the policy, is required to pay the tax and file the return. Efile free    The person liable for this tax must keep accurate records that identify each policy or instrument subject to tax. Efile free These records must clearly establish the type of policy or instrument, the gross premium paid, the identity of the insured and insurer, and the total premium charged. Efile free If the premium is to be paid in installments, the records must also establish the amount and anniversary date of each installment. Efile free   The records must be kept at the place of business or other convenient location for at least 3 years after the later of the date any part of the tax became due, or the date any part of the tax was paid. Efile free During this period, the records must be readily accessible to the IRS. Efile free   The person having control or possession of a policy or instrument subject to this tax must keep the policy for at least 3 years after the date any part of the tax on it was paid. Efile free For information on reinsurance premiums paid from one foreign insurer to another foreign insurer, see Rev. Efile free Rul. Efile free 2008-15. Efile free You can find Rev. Efile free Rul. Efile free 2008-15 on page 633 of I. Efile free R. Efile free B. Efile free 2008-12 at www. Efile free irs. Efile free gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb08-12. Efile free pdf. Efile free Treaty-based positions under IRC 6114. Efile free   You may have to file an annual report disclosing the amount of premiums exempt from United States excise tax as a result of the application of a treaty with the United States that overrides (or otherwise modifies) any provision of the Internal Revenue Code. Efile free   Attach any disclosure statement to the first quarter Form 720. Efile free You may be able to use Form 8833, Treaty-Based Return Position Disclosure Under Section 6114 or 7701(b), as a disclosure statement. Efile free See the Instructions for Form 720 for information on how and where to file. Efile free   See Revenue Procedure 92-14 in Cumulative Bulletin 1992-1 for procedures you can use to claim a refund of this tax under certain U. Efile free S. Efile free treaties. Efile free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Going Green- Be a Green Consumer

"Going Green" means practicing an environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible lifestyle as well as making decisions to help protect the environment and sustain natural resources. There are lots of reasons to consider going green—too much trash, greenhouse gases, air and water pollution, damage to the ozone layer, and saving money. For example, switching all the light bulbs in a home from conventional incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs could save about $40 over the life of the bulb. Other examples include:

  • Turning your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in summer.
  • Making sure your walls and ceilings are well insulated.
  • Replacing bathroom and kitchen faucets with low-flow models.

Make Greener Product Choices

Buying only what you need is the first step to go green, but when you buy, looking for greener products and using products in ways that respect the environment can have a big impact — on the health of your family, pets and the planet. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a green products web portal to help you navigate the complex world of green products. You can use this portal to find links and information related to greener products from EPA and other sources.  

The EPA has a number of eco-labeling partnership programs to help you identify greener, safer, and more efficient products. The standards behind these labels are based on scientific expertise and use the best available data. Look for these EPA program labels when buying:

  • EnergyStar - for energy efficient electronics and appliances
  • WaterSense - water efficient products
  • Design for the Environment (DfE) - safer household cleaners and other products. DfE allows products that have been determined to be safer for human health and the environment and effective to carry the DfE label.
  • SmartWay Certified Vehicle - cleaner, more fuel efficient cars and trucks

By making greener product choices you are saving money on utilities and fuel, supporting companies that are driving change and most importantly — you are joining millions of people helping to protect public health and the environment.

You can also choose to buy organic or locally produced food and eco-friendly clothing. For more information about national standards covering organic food, contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. There are no national standards for organic clothing, but some fabrics to consider include organic cotton, bark cloth, bamboo, and organic wool.

Beware: Verify Green Marketing Claims

The number of eco-label products,  claiming that they are "eco-friendly" or "all-natural", has increased due to a growing demand for "green products. While this is a positive trend, you may have concerns about "greenwashing" and uncertainty about which environmental standards and labels can be trusted. The Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides provide guidance for companies that make marketing claims regarding the environmental attributes of their products. Here are some tips to help you sort through eco-label marketing:

  • Look for specific (ex. "contains 75% post-consumer recycled materials") rather than vague statements about environmental impact.
  • Determine whether the green marketing claims apply to the packaging, the product, or both.
  • Beware of fake third-party certification. Visit Consumer Reports' website to find reliable environmental labels.

For more information about environmental advertising, contact the FTC.

Reusing and Recycling

Along with buying greener products, you can make a big impact by using the products you buy in ways that respect the environment by: using fewer products and following instructions for product use; conserving energy, water, and materials; recycling items made of materials such as glass, metal, plastic, or paper or disposing of products properly. 

Many utility companies now offer curbside recycling programs that provide U.S. households with a responsible and convenient way to recycle materials. To locate information on recycling services and efforts in your area, call the Earth 911 toll free hotline, 1-800-CLEANUP (253-2687). 

It is easy to safely dispose of many products. Others, such as car batteries, cell phones, televisions, paints, oils, and solvents, require special handling. You can responsibly dispose of these products through your local household hazardous wasters (HHW) collection facility or at your local government's annual HHW collection day. Some items may be given to charitable organizations or even dropped off at electronics retailers. Contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help you make the right decisions about the best way to dispose of waste.

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