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It is essential to buy a term plan to provide a financial safety net to your loved ones for the days when you may not be around anymore. The sum assured received helps your family remain financially independent and fulfil any financial goals or obligations – be it your children’s education or payment of a home loan.
But, did you know that term insurance plans are also a great tax-saving tool?
With term insurance, you can fulfil your responsibility of providing a financial stability to your family in your absence. You can also avail tax benefits in the process. Many people might not tell you term insurance plans come with a lot of tax saving benefits, which make them one of the best life insurance options available in the market. But wait, the tax benefits available under a term insurance plan and moneyback are same. You get identical benefits on both types of insurance plans.
Let's unpack the tax saving benefits available with your Term Life Insurance plan or Moneyback plan.
Section 80 C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 allows tax exemption up to Rs.1.5 lakhs p.a. on your Term Insurance plan or Moneyback plan. But, who can avail this benefit?
However, there are certain clauses for the deductions:
In case your term insurance policy is issued on or after April 1, 2012, then tax deduction is applicable only for the total premium amount valued up to 10% of the maximum sum assured.
In case your term insurance policy is issued on or before March 31, 2012, then tax deduction is applicable only for the total premium amounting to a maximum of 20% of the sum assured.
In case you are suffering with any disabilities or illness, then tax deduction is applicable if you haven’t paid premiums amounting to 15% or more of the total sum assured. This clause is again applicable for a policy that has been issued on or after April 1, 2013. Besides, a member of the Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) can also avail the above tax benefits under this section.
You can also claim this tax benefit on any other investments made apart from the life insurance.
The Section 10 (10D) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 basically offers exemption benefit. Here, any amount received under death benefit for the term plan or moneyback plan and maturity benefit for a moneyback plan, including bonuses if any, is exempted from tax. It is irrelevant whether this amount is received from India or any foreign country.
However, this clause won’t be applicable for the below:
Under Section 80 DD (3) and 80 DDA (3) if the handicapped dependent predeceases the member paying for his medical treatment and maintenance, then such amounts will be treated as income and taxed accordingly.
A Keyman Insurance Policy is nothing but a life insurance policy availed by the company or an employer on its key person’s life who is currently employed by him in the business. The benefit under such policies goes to the company or the employer. There are no special insurance plans for keyman insurance, it is just an application of life insurance to fulfil a special need.
Section 80 D of the Income Tax Act, 1961 allows tax benefits on health insurance premium. So, if your term insurance plan or money back plan has an inbuilt or add-on cover in the form of Critical Illness Rider, Surgical Care Rider, Hospital Care Rider, etc. you can avail tax benefits.
But, who can avail this benefit?
However, there are certain clauses for the deductions:
Besides, a member of the Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) can also avail the above tax benefits under this section. But due to any reason if you are not happy with the term plan that you’ve just bought, you can return the same in the free-look period. Here's how:
IRDA regulates and creates provisions to establish an environment that is consumer friendly. One of the provisions is a free-look period. Under this provision, if you have purchased a policy and realize you don't agree with any terms and conditions, by all means you can return the policy to the insurer within a specified time frame stating the reason and get a refund. The period for returning the policy is 15 days from the date of the receipt of the policy. If the policy was purchased from distance marketing, then the free look period is 30 days from the receipt of the policy.
All you need to do is send a letter informing about the cancellation of the policy mentioning the reason for cancellation along with the original policy document to the insurance company. A refund will be given by the insurance company subject to deduction of the proportionate risk premium for the period on the cover, the expenses incurred on medical examination if any, and stamp duty.
How much tax can you save?
Let's summarize the amount of tax that you can save under the Section 80C and Section 80D.
|Section 80C||Section 80D|
|Section 80 C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 allows tax exemption up to Rs.1.5 lakh p.a.||Section 80D of the Income Tax Act, 1961 allows tax exemption not exceeding Rs. 25,000.
You can save additional tax of Rs.25,000 in case you pay premiums for your parent's insurance policy and Rs. 50,000 in case your parents are senior citizens.
Caution – Don't forget to get the right cover!
In the bid to save more tax, one must not forget the primary purpose of life insurance is protection and everything over and above it should be considered as an added advantage from taking life insurance. So, one should go for the correct cover and this can be achieved through a term insurance plan. Let’s take a look at the same:
Happy Tax Saving!
Apart from offering a life cover, a term insurance plan also ensures tax benefits, thereby quoting itself as an effective tax saving tool. After all, term plans are one of the excellent ways of insuring oneself.
At the same time, it is equally important to have thorough knowledge of the provisions while claiming tax or filing your tax returns. You should always keep yourself updated regarding the amendments that get introduced by the Income Tax Act, year on year.
In case of any doubts you may contact Coverfox.com and we'll be more than happy to help you understand any jargons or terms and conditions attached to your term insurance plan.
You can certainly count on us to make insurance a little easier for you.