Structured Oil & Gas Lease Bonus Option
Tax Savings Strategy Helps Save You Money, Secure Your Future
While the vast majority of our practice remains dedicated to personal injury plaintiffs, the attorneys who represent them and the carriers who pay their claims, I'm excited to announce a very new and quite unique application of the structured settlement concept:
The Structured Oil & Gas Lease Bonus Payment Option
Attorneys who regularly structure their fees with us and clients familiar with Structured Sales will recognize this option, and the obvious tax advantages, immediately.
Domestic oil & gas exploration is on the rise.
Landowners around the country are approached by landmen representing oil & gas companies who want to lease their land and the rights to minerals they believe lie beneath the surface.
In addition to potential future royalties, these leases typically include a provision for a one-time up-front bonus payment paid as an incentive to the landowner to enter into a lease.
Up-front bonus payments, usually a "per acre" sum, can be substantial. Landowners can receive hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars even if the drilling comes up short and no gas or oil is ever discovered.
That's the good news.
Enter Uncle Sam
Because the up-front bonus is paid in one year only, many landowners find they are taxed at the highest marginal tax brackets, upwards of 50%, for one year only.
There is a Better Alternative
By choosing, IN ADVANCE
(that's key), a Structured Oil & Gas Lease Bonus Option, landowners can lower their tax burden and earn pre-tax, deferred income accumulation designed to payout according to a schedule they select.
Revenue Ruling 68-606 permits cash method taxpayers (most of us) to defer their bonus payments provided their instalment bonus is not "transferable and readily saleable."
Those familiar with Structured Settlements and Structured Sales understand that a properly crafted settlement, or in this case lease agreement, results in a contract that is not transferable or readily available.
Both sides must agree to the transaction and our firm prepares the requisite paperwork needed to conclude the matter properly.
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If your law firm has a section dedicated to oil & gas leases, this can be a terrific value-added alternative to cash that costs your clients nothing. In fact, it saves them money. Or, if you or anyone you know is contemplating leasing their land to an oil or gas company, please let them know about this attractive opportunity to save them money.
So, until next time, here's wishing you continued Struccess,
Dan Finn, CPCU, CSSC
Certified Structured Settlement Consultant