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Knowing Your Finances: Is Term Insurance Taxable?

Finances: Is Term Insurance Taxable

Understanding if term insurance is taxable depends on how it was paid out. When a claim is filed, and the insurance company pays on the claim, the payment is issued to a close family member or heir who is legally entitled to payment. Depending on how the payment was issued, it may not be taxable. Learning more about what happens when a claim is filed may help with choosing the best term insurance plan to meet your needs. Here are a few things to know when determining if insurance payments may affect your financial situation.

Learn how you benefit

While it is important to learn about any tax liabilities that may be associated with insurance, there are benefits to choosing such plans you should review before you start paying premiums. Thanks to technology, people are able to purchase the coverage they need using a computer or mobile device. An online term plan may be more affordable and it is easier to compare things such as price, availability, and features at your convenience. You can also take your time learning more about potential insurers.

Proceeds from certain policies are not tax-free

It is important to read the fine print associated with any insurance policy, so you don’t have surprises later. Depending on the type of insurance coverage and how it is paid when a claim is filed, a tax may be imposed on the payout.  For example, planning your financial future may include planning for retirement and some may have a term policy connected with a pension policy. The tax situation may be different but there could be advantages if the proceeds are considered tax free. However, most proceeds paid on a matured policy are tax-free.

Things to know when filing taxes

Tax rebates and tax deductions may provide advantages for people who purchase life insurance. It is important to review rules and regulations detailed under the Income Tax Act. There are specific provisions in the Act that state when or if policy proceeds are deemed taxable. Usually, when made payable to family members of the deceased policyholder, the proceeds are not taxed. The situation could vary if the proceeds are related to a will via inheritance or gratuitous paid by an employer. When filing your income tax return you can ask your tax preparer or get clarification from the insurer if you need further insight for your situation.

It is critical to take time to understand your term policy and what will happen when proceeds are paid. The Income Tax Act provides detailed information on what happens in certain situations depending on when a policy is issued. Those who are nominated to receive proceeds should learn in advance if they are required to pay a tax. Insurance policies are more than just potential tax deductions. It is a significant financial source for families to assist with meeting personal needs after the demise of their loved one. Review any questions or concerns with a skilled insurance expert.

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