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By Jacquelyn Lynn

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Your business insurance premium is due, and your agent asks ifyou want to pay one lump sum or make payments. You opt to makepayments-but what will it cost you?

Making payments on your insurance premium is essentially afinancing arrangement with interest involved, says Mark Burton, anattorney with Hersh & Hersh in San Francisco. Whether theinsurer has a financing arm or your agent sets you up with apremium finance company, the rates can be as high as 15 to 20percent or more.

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