Pursuant to settlements made by the parties on May 4, 2012, the IRS subsequently calculated petitioners’ total tax liability, including penalties and interest, at approximately $33.5 million for the years in issue (2003 was not included as there remained an outstanding issue for trial).
Prompted by the amount of petitioners’ liability and IRS-determined factors such as petitioner’s foreign bank accounts in tax haven jurisdictions, his concealment of assets through nominees, and his having listed petitioners’ personal residence for sale at $17.7 million, the IRS decided to make a jeopardy assessment regarding the years in issue.After the jeopardy assessment, the taxpayer started a collection due process (CDP) proceeding. The taxpayer then offered to make full payment under a long-term complex arrangement described as follows.
After granting petitioners an extension to provide their proposal by December 9, 2013, the settlement officer received a 300-plus-page document on December 12, 2013, which presented a payment arrangement alternative to the collection actions. The first five pages of the proposal outlined how the arrangement would work, as follows in part:
Typically, a policy is purchased from the elderly person at a discount from the death benefit (thus, giving the elderly person the opportunity to spend or invest the cash during their lifetime) and then packaged by the purchaser into a portfolio of such policies. The portfolio can then be sold on the open market to investors.
A typical portfolio consists of approximately 10 policies with an aggregate death benefit of approximately $50 million. The average age of the insured individuals is typically around 82 years, with an average life expectancy of about 8 years. (Obviously, some of the insured individuals will die in less than 8 years and some will live [*8] longer than 8 years.) An investor who purchases a portfolio of policies can either take a risk as to the mortality rate of the insured individuals, or the investor can purchase insurance, known as Mortality Protection Insurance Coverage (“MPIC”), which will insure that 75% of the forecasted death benefit will be paid out in each of the first 15 years of the MPIC coverage.
The cost to acquire a $100 million portfolio is around $10 million and the cost of the MPIC coverage on such a portfolio is around $2 million. Bank financing from a bank in Germany, North Channel Bank, is available to cover half of those costs. In addition, the bank financing will also cover 100% of the premiums that will be due on the policies.