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Insurance to Cover Business Expenses
Individual disability policies provide income to the small business owner. But, what about a key employee's salary? What about the business mortgage or outstanding loan obligations, utilities, and any other overhead expenses?
Even if the owner or partner has a disability policy, if that owner or partner is not producing income for the business and fixed expenses remain, there may be no business for the owner or partner to come back to.
A professional overhead expense disability policy is designed to cover those expenses. The policy provides payments up to the monthly benefit for qualified "overhead" expenses. A typical professional overhead expense policy will cover qualified employee salaries, such as key staff. It typically will not pay the salaries of other professionals or partners in the business; but, it will cover the cost of a replacement professional to fill the disabled professional's position temporarily. Other covered expenses include:
•Principal and Interest on Debts
•Monthly Average Taxes
•Postage and Incidental Costs
This coverage is affordable. Rates can run from $50 to $100 per month for coverage up to $10,000 per month in case of disability. The premiums are based on health, lifestyle, and age factors. The premiums are tax deductible as a business expense.
There are key things one must have in this policy and the business owner should not purchase a cheap policy. Purchase only from a quality insurer with a high financial rating and customer satisfaction rating. Business owners should look for the following in a policy:
•Coverage for Partial Disability - Make sure the policy has residual benefits
or a residual rider to cover partial disability. Some policies cover only
total disability and are, in effect, worthless.
•The Ability to Purchase More Coverage - Expenses may grow while the
professional's insurability (age and health) declines. Look for a future
•A Carry-Over Provision - If you have variable expenses that fluctuate, you
will want carry-over coverage that will allow you to take unspent benefits
from one month into the next.
Considering starting a small business? Don't do so without Business Overhead Expense insurance.
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