Here are the types of life insurance plans available in the market –
Term life plans are the most basic insurance plans which promise to pay a benefit in case the life insured dies during the term of the policy. These plans have the lowest premium rates allowing you to choose a considerable sum assured which would be sufficient in taking care of the financial needs of your family in your absence.
Whole life plans are insurance plans which run for the entire lifetime of the insured till he/she reaches 99 or 100 years of age. These plans pay a death benefit whenever the insured dies before reaching 100 or 99 years of age.
Endowment insurance plans are savings oriented insurance plans. These plans pay a death benefit if the insured dies during the tenure of the plan. Moreover, if the insured survives till the end of the plan term, a maturity benefit is also paid. The death or maturity benefits are guaranteed. Thus, endowment insurance plans help in creating a guaranteed corpus.
Money back plans are endowment insurance plans which pay a part of the sum assured at regular intervals during the term of the plan. Thus, money back plans provide easy liquidity and pay the benefits at regular intervals to meet your financial needs. Despite the instalment sum assured paid, the death benefit is not reduced. The entire sum assured is paid in case the insured dies during the coverage tenure. On maturity, however, the remaining sum assured is paid.
Pension plans are retirement oriented life insurance plans. There are two variants of the plan. In deferred pension plans you choose the policy tenure and pay premiums doing the tenure. Once the plan matures, the maturity proceeds are paid in instalments called annuities throughout your life. However, if you choose an immediate annuity plan, you pay a lump sum premium and thereafter receive regular annuity pay outs throughout your life. Annuity plans, therefore, help you in creating a source of regular income after retirement.
Unit linked insurance plans are insurance plans which give market linked returns. The premiums paid under the plan are invested in market linked funds which give returns depending on the performance of the capital market. Returns under unit linked plans are, therefore, not guaranteed and depends on market movements. However, unit linked plans help give you investment returns along with insurance protection.
Besides these types of life insurance plans, there are rider benefits too which are available under the plan. Riders are additional coverage clauses which enhance the coverage of the base plan by providing additional coverage at minimal premium rates. The popular riders include the following –
Different riders give tax reliefs under different sections.
Now that you know the types of insurance plans, lets understand the benefits which are payable under life insurance plans too –
Death benefit is paid when the insured dies during the term of the policy.
When the chosen term of the policy comes to an end, the plan pays a benefit. This benefit is called maturity benefit.
Under many endowment or money back insurance plans bonus is also paid on maturity or death. Bonus is a part of the profit earned by the insurance company in a policy year. It is not guaranteed and depends on the amount of profit earned by the insurance company.
Surrender benefit is paid when the policy is surrendered before the completion of the policy tenure. In case of surrender a part of the sum assured is paid as surrender benefit.
Partial withdrawals are allowed under unit linked insurance plans. Under partial withdrawals a part of the fund value can be withdrawn any time after the completion of 5 policy years. Partial withdrawals give you liquidity.
Now that the plan benefits and plan types have been understood, here is how life insurance policies give tax reliefs –
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Firstly, the premiums that you pay for life insurance policies qualify for tax deduction. Premiums paid for all types of life insurance policies, except pension plans, are allowed as a deduction from your taxable income under Section 80C. Premiums paid on pension plans are allowed as a deduction under Section 80CCC. The total deduction which you can claim under Section 80C and Section 80CCC is limited to INR 1.5 lakhs. Moreover, to claim a deduction the following conditions have to be met –
Tax benefits on rider premiums depend on the type of rider you select. If you choose accidental benefit rider, term rider or any other rider which does not allow health related benefits, the premium paid for the rider is allowed as a deduction under Section 80C up to INR 1.5 lakhs. However, for health insurance related riders like critical illness rider, hospital cash rider, terminal illness rider, etc., premiums paid are eligible for deduction under Section 80D. The maximum limit under Section 80D is up to INR 25,000 which increases to INR 50,000 if you are a senior citizen.
The death benefit and maturity benefit received under life insurance plans is tax-free in your hands under the provisions of Section 10 (10D). There is no limit on the exemption that you can claim as the entire proceed is allowed as a tax-free income. However, there are certain conditions attached to claim tax benefits on your policy benefits. These conditions include the following –
If these conditions are not met and the sum assured is below the minimum percentage specified above, the entire maturity benefit received under the policy would be taxable. In case of death benefit, however, the above-mentioned conditions do not apply. The entire amount of death benefit received under any life insurance policy is allowed as a tax-free income even if the afore-mentioned conditions are not met.
The bonus which is received under traditional life insurance policies (endowment, money back, etc.) is also tax-free in your hands if the above-mentioned conditions are fulfilled.
In case of pension plans, though, tax treatment of policy benefits is different. In a deferred annuity plan, when the plan matures, there is an option for you to withdraw 1/3rd part of the benefit in cash. This withdrawal is called commutation of pension and the amount withdrawn is completely tax-free in your hands. However, the remaining 2/3rd part of the corpus is paid in annuity instalments and each instalment is taxable in your hands. Tax on annuity pay outs is levied at your slab rate.
When you surrender the policy before the completion of the tenure, the surrender benefit that you receive would be allowed as a tax-free income if the following conditions are met –
linked plans allow partial withdrawals and these partial withdrawals are also tax-free in nature.
So, these are the tax implications on life insurance plans which you should know before you buy the plan.
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