How a Term Insurance Policy helps You Save Your Taxes?

July 27, 2021

When it comes to buying a tax saving financial product, getting a term life insurance coverage is the best bet. If you have a dependents like spouse, children and parents, it is extremely essential to have an adequate life insurance coverage. When looking to ensure financial protection for your family, you may opt for a term insurance plan. It pays an amount equal to the sum assured (life cover) chosen, upon your unfortunate demise during the policy term and it is payable to the nominee, as opted by you under the policy.

According to an online ‘protection survey’ conducted by Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance, in the year 2017, 78% people raise concerns over the uncertainty of life.At present, in metro cities, 83% people feel uncertain about life and in non-metros, 67% people feel the uncertainty of life.

Considering the rising concerns over the risk of life, it’s quite essential to get the a life coverage, so you don’t need to worry about the financial protection of your family against uncertainties. In addition to ensuring the financial protection, a term insurance policy also offers tax benefits under section 80C & 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act.

Tax Benefits Under Term Insurance Plan

A term plan also helps you in reducing your tax liability in the following manner.

It works like this:

  • You buy a term insurance policy
  • You pay the premium as per the coverage opted and policy term chosen as per your current age
  • While calculating tax,the premium amount is reduced from your total income, thereby reducing your income and subsequent tax
  • You can deduct a maximum up to Rs 1.5 lakhs by buying a life insurance policy
  • Your income reduces maximum up to Rs 1.5 lakhs in the eyes of the income tax authorities
  • The tax will be calculated tax as a percentage of your income
  • With the reduced income, your tax reduces too
  • By buying a life insurance of up to Rs 1.5 lakhs, you can save as much as 30% of Rs 1.5 lakhs which accounts to be Rs 45,000

Tax Benefits under a Term Insurance Plan

Under Section 80C

The premium paid towards term insurance policy is eligible for tax deduction under section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Individuals as well as members of Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) can enjoy the tax benefit under this section. For individuals, you can avail the tax benefit in case the policy is taken in your life, your spouse and/or dependent children’s life. For HUFs, any member of the family is eligible to avail tax benefits.

Section 80C provides a tax deduction for annual premium paid towards a term insurance policy up to Rs 1.5 lakhs. However, there are certain clauses related to the tax deduction, which are helpful to understand as to how the deduction can be availed.

  • For the policies issued on or after 1st April 2012, the tax deduction can be availed if the annual premium payable does not exceed 10% of the sum assured. For policies issued on or prior to 31st March 2012, the total annual premium limit was up to 20% of the sum assured, to be eligible to avail the tax deduction.
  • If you are suffering from any illness or disability, the tax deduction is applicable when the paid premium is limited to 15% of the total sum assured. This clause is applicable to policies issued on or after 1st April, 2013.

Under Section 10 (10D)

Death benefit received under a term insurance policy is tax exempted under section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

However, this tax exemption clause would not be applicable under the following circumstances.

  • Amount received under Section 80DD (3), (deposit made for maintenance, including medical treatment of handicapped dependent).
  • If a policy is issued on or after 1st April 2003 but on or before 31st March 2012, any amount received except death benefit. The tax exemption will also not be applicable, if the annual premium paid is exceeding 20% of the sum assured.
  • If a policy is issued on or after 1st April 2012, the tax exemption will not be applicable, if the annual premium paid is exceeding 10% of the sum assured.

Ideal Life Cover You Need Under a Term Insurance Policy

You want to buy a term insurance plan, but not sure how to choose the right life cover (sum assured) which can fulfill your family’s financial needs, when you are not around. Being under-insured (buying lesser sum assured as required) will leave your family with a shortfall of finances, and over-insured will only increase the cost (higher annual premium for a higher sum assured). The need of financial cover has been always different for different people and it is thus essential to assess your exact requirement of the sum assured.

Key Determinants for Deciding Term Insurance Cover

There are some key factors that are accountable for determining the life cover you exactly need.

  • Household Expenses

    Take an estimate of your present monthly household expenses you incur such as recurring living expenses, monthly rent, paying for utilities (electricity, water, gas re-fill), other variable expenses, including the amount you spend on groceries, shopping, ration, outings, etc. each month.

  • Inflation

    Don’t forget to consider inflation, when it comes to computing monthly expenses. Expenses such as household expenses, housing & accommodation, entertainment & travelling, personal goods, clothes, etc. are inflationary expenses. Inflation is quite sensitive, if it increases or decreases marginally, the need of your life cover will change drastically.

  • Education/Marriage Expenses of your Child

    Considering the present age of your child is 1 year and you want to accumulate the amount, so he/she can go for an engineering course at 20 years of age. To make your child’s dreams come true, you need to save around Rs 25 lakhs – 30 lakhs to meet the education cost of your child. Marriage expenses are also rising which could account to Rs 25 Lakhs to any amount as per the budget.In the event of your untimely demise, the right and adequate amount of sum assured will help to sponsor the education and/or marriage funds for the child.

  • Existing Liabilities

    Existing liabilities would imply that you need to add all your outstanding loans. If, you had taken a home loan of Rs 25 lakhs, 2 years ago and the principal amount of 24 lakhs is still outstanding. Add up other loans such as auto loans, personal loan and credit card balances. If you had taken the entire loan amount of Rs 30 lakh, so consider this amount while computing the life cover. In the event of your demise, your family will not have the burden to pay it off, as the proceeds from the term insurance plan will be helpful to get rid of the outstanding loans, if any.

  • Existing Investments/Savings Life Insurance Policies

    Add up financial assets such as bank balance, fixed deposit, recurring deposit, government bonds and shares, mutual fund investment, stocks trading. Take the total count of all your investments made. The current value of investments will be considered as savings and you may subtract it from liabilities while computing the term insurance coverage. If you have already taken life insurance policies and still continuing with it, you need to add up the life cover (sum assured) of all policies which would further help in assessing the right sum assured.

Let us understand it with an example:

Rahul, who is 30 years of age, is a software engineer living with his spouse (non-working) and one child aged 1 year.His annual income is 10 Lakhs. He incurs the monthly household expenses of around Rs 30,000. If considering an average rate of inflation @10% with Rahul’s current monthly expenses of Rs 30,000, he will need to accumulate a corpus amount of Rs 62,81,785 to meet his family’s monthly household expenses for the next 30 years (till he attains age 60).The total household expenses are calculated till he reach 60 years, as up to this age Rahul’s child will be independent financially.
Determinants of an Ideal Term Insurance Cover Ideal Term Insurance Sum Assured for Rahul
Approximate household expenses for next 30 years, including 10% inflation -A Rs 63 lakhs
Education Expense of his child- B Rs 30 lakhs
Existing Liabilities -C Rs 22 lakhs
Existing Life Insurance coverage-D Rs 10 lakhs
Accumulated Savings-E Rs 5 lakhs
Ideal Term Insurance Sum Assured A+B+C-D-E= (63 +30 + 22 -10 -5) Lakhs = Rs 1 crore

Cost of Term Insurance

Term Insurance premiums are most cost effective because of the fact that the term insurance plan is a pure life insurance product. It implies that the term insurance plan only offers a death benefit and if the person survives the policy term, no maturity benefit is payable under a pure term plan. Since there is no maturity benefit which an insurance company is bound to pay, the premium of a term plan consist of a price to cover death and administrative expenses only. So, for opting a high sum assured at a younger age, the premium is cheap and affordable.

Rahul who is a non-smoker at 30 years of age buys a term life insurance policy of Rs 1 crore. For getting this life cover, he needs to pay the premium of Rs 7,497 per annum for a 30 year policy tenure. Per day cost to avail a sum assured of Rs 1 crore cover till the age of 60 is just Rs 20.54 which makes it evident that a Term Insurance Policy is quite affordable to ensure a comprehensive financial protection for the family.

Note:-The premium of a term plan may differ from one insurer to another. The premium payable may also increase, if the tenure of the term policy increases.

Bottom Line

A term insurance plan offers comprehensive financial protection for your family, in case something unfortunate happen to you during the policy term. You only need to thoroughly assess the financial requirement of your family and choose an adequate life cover, which will take care of your family’s standard of living and help to meet financial obligations, when you are not around.

Apart from providing a life cover, a term plan also ensures tax benefits under the Income Tax Act, 1961. You can avail tax benefits under section 80C for the premiums paid & under section 10(10D) for the policy benefits received. So, plan wisely your in the investments to reduce your tax liability and ensure a dual benefit of financial protection with a Term Insurance Plan.

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