Withholding We are required to withhold federal income taxes on the taxable portion of any amounts received under the policy unless you elect to not have any withholding or in certain other circumstances. You are not permitted to elect out of withholding if you do not provide a social security number or other taxpayer identification number. Special withholding rules apply to payments made to nonresident aliens. You are liable for payment of federal income taxes on the taxable portion of any amounts received under the policy. You may be subject to penalties if your withholding or estimated tax payments are insufficient. In 2004, the Department of Treasury ruled that income received by residents of Puerto Rico under a life insurance policy issued by a United States company is U.S.-source income that is subject to United States Federal income tax. See Rev. Rul. 2004-74, 2004-31 I.R.B. 109. This ruling is also understood to apply to other nonresident alien policyholders.
The Phoenix Companies, Inc.– Legal Proceedings about Company Subsidiaries
We are regularly involved in litigation and arbitration, both as a defendant and as a plaintiff. The litigation and arbitration naming us as a defendant ordinarily involves our activities as an insurer, investor, investment advisor or taxpayer. It is not feasible to predict or determine the ultimate outcome of all legal or arbitration proceedings or to provide reasonable ranges of potential losses. We believe that the outcomes of our litigation and arbitration matters are not likely, either individually or in the aggregate, to have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial condition. However, given the large or indeterminate amounts sought in certain of these matters and the inherent unpredictability of litigation and arbitration, it is possible that an adverse outcome in certain matters could, from time to time, have a material adverse effect on our results of operations or cash flows in particular quarterly or annual periods.
State regulatory bodies, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or “FINRA” (formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., or NASD), and other regulatory bodies regularly make inquiries of us and, from time to time, conduct examinations or investigations concerning our compliance with, among other things, insurance laws and securities laws. We endeavor to respond to such inquiries in an appropriate way and to take corrective action if warranted.
In 2005, the Boston District Office of the SEC conducted a compliance examination of certain of PNX’s affiliates that are registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Following the examination, the staff of the Boston District Office issued a deficiency letter primarily focused on perceived weaknesses in procedures for monitoring trading to prevent market timing activity. The staff requested PNX to conduct an analysis as to whether shareholders, policyholders and contract holders who invested in the funds that may have been affected by undetected market timing activity had suffered harm and to advise the staff whether
PNX believes reimbursement is necessary or appropriate under the circumstances. A third party was retained to assist PNX in preparing the analysis. Based on this analysis, PNX advised the SEC that it does not believe that reimbursement is appropriate.
Over the past several years, a number of companies have announced settlements of enforcement actions with various regulatory agencies, primarily the SEC and the New York Attorney General’s Office. While no such action has been initiated against us, it is possible that one or more regulatory agencies may pursue this type of action against us in the future.
Financial services companies have also been the subject of broad industry inquiries by state regulators and attorneys general which do not appear to be company-specific.
These types of regulatory actions may be difficult to assess or quantify, may seek recovery of indeterminate amounts, including punitive and treble damages, and the nature and magnitude of their outcomes may remain unknown for substantial periods of time. While it is not feasible to predict or determine the ultimate outcome of all pending inquiries, investigations, legal proceedings and other regulatory actions, or to provide reasonable ranges of potential losses, we believe that their outcomes are not likely, either individually or in the aggregate, to have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial condition. However, given the large or indeterminate amounts sought in certain of these actions and the inherent unpredictability of regulatory matters, it is possible that an adverse outcome in certain matters could, from time to time, have a material adverse effect on our results of operation or cash flows in particular quarterly or annual periods.
The financial statements of Phoenix Life Variable Universal Life Account as of December 31, 2007, and the results of its operations and the changes in its net assets for each of the periods indicated and the consolidated financial statements of Phoenix Life Insurance Company as of December 31, 2007 and 2006, and for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2007 are contained in the Statement of Additional Information (SAI), which you can get free of charge by calling the toll free number given on page one. The consolidated financial statements of Phoenix Life Insurance Company included herein should be considered only as bearing upon the ability of Phoenix Life Insurance Company to meet its obligations under the policies. You should not consider them as bearing on the investment performance of the assets held in the Separate Account or on Guaranteed Interest Account rates that we credit during a guarantee period.
PLIC has appointed Phoenix Equity Planning Corporation (“PEPCO”) to serve as the principal underwriter and distributor of the securities offered through this prospectus, pursuant to the terms of a distribution agreement. PEPCO, which is an affiliate of PLIC, also acts as the principal underwriter and distributor of other variable life insurance policies and variable annuity