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Tax Benefits on Life Insurance

While we talk about life insurance policies, the first thing that strikes our mind apart from insurance coverage is the tax benefits offered by these policies. As one of the best tax saving investment option, most of the individuals consider purchasing life insurance plans to save on taxes. 

Further, in this article, we will elaborately discuss the tax benefits offered by life insurance policies under different sections of Income Tax Act 1961.

Savings on Tax with Life Insurance:

Section 80C:

Under Section 80C of Income Tax Act 1961, the insured can avail tax benefit on the premium paid towards life insurance policies. Some of the important points of section 80C tax deductions are:

  • Tax deduction under section 80C is available for Hindu Undivided Families (HUF) and Individuals.
  • The premium paid towards life insurance policies up to the maximum limit of Rs.1,50,000 are eligible for tax deduction under section 80C of Income Tax Act.
  • Deductions are applicable if the amount of premium paid in a financial year is 20% of the sum assured amount of the policy. This is related only to the life insurance policies that where issued before 31st March 2012.
  • For policies which were issued after 1st April 2012, the tax deductions are applicable of the amount of premium paid in a financial year is 10% of the sum assured.
  • Under section 80C(5) if the insurance holder voluntarily surrenders his policy or in case the policy is terminated before 2 years from the date of commencement of policy, then the insured will not receive any benefits on the premium paid, offered under section 80C of Income Tax Act.
  • In case of ULIPs, if the insurance holder voluntarily surrenders his policy or in case the policy is terminated before 5  years from the date of commencement of policy, then the insured will not receive any benefits on the premium paid, offered under section 80C of Income Tax Act.

Section 10(10D):

Under Section 10(10D) of Income Tax Act, 1961 the sum assured amount plus bonus (if any) paid on surrender or maturity of the policy or in case of death of the insured in entirely tax-free for the receiver. Some of the important points of section 10(10D) of tax deductions are:

  • Any amount payable to the insured under life insurance policies is applicable for tax deduction. The amount payable can be-
  • Allocated sum by way of bonus
  • Maturity benefit
  • Survival Benefit
  • Death benefit
  • Surrender value
  • Section 10(10D) deduction is also applicable to gains and proceeds from a ULIP.
  • Tax benefit under section 10(10D) on maturity proceeds is offered when the premium paid towards the policy is not more than 10% of the sum assured amount.
  • Any maturity amount of life insurance policy or bonus amount received by the beneficiary of the policy in case of demise of the insured is totally exempted from tax deduction.
  • Besides this, the life insurance policy bought for disable people are eligible for tax exemption under section 80DDB if the premium amount of the policy exceeds 15% of the sum assured amount.

Best 5 Tax Saving life insurance plans are:

  1. Aviva i-Life Plan
  2. Bajaj Allianz i-Secure
  3. LIC New Jeevan Anand
  4. HDFC Life Click 2 Protect Plus
  5. SBI e-Shield
  1. Aviva i-Life Plan - Aviva i-life plan is a pure protection plan that offers financial protection to the family of the insured in the event of unfortunate demise of the insured. This policy can be bought online in a simple and hassle-free way. Let’s take a look at the details of the policy in the table below.

Aviva i-Life Plan

Minimum

Maximum

Entry Age

18 years

55 years

Policy Term

10 years

35 years

Sum Assured

Rs.25,00,000

No Upper Limit

Tax Benefit

Under Section 80C and 10 (10D) of income Tax Act

 

  1. Bajaj Allianz i-Secure - This is a traditional term insurance policy that is available online. This is a comprehensive insurance plan that provides life protection to the family of the policyholder in case of unfortunate demise of the insurance holder. Here are the details of the plan in a tabular form.

  

Bajaj Allianz i-Secure

Minimum

Maximum

Entry Age

18 years

70 years

Policy Term

10 years

30years

Sum Assured

Rs.20,00,000

No Upper Limit

Tax Benefit

Under Section 80C and 10 (10D) of income Tax Act

 

  1. LIC New Jeevan Anand - This is a participating whole life endowment plan that offers the dual benefit of insurance cum savings. LIC new Jeevan Anand also offers bonus facility to the insured. Let’s take a look at the details of the policy in table below.

LIC New Jeevan Anand

Minimum

Maximum

Entry Age

18 years

50 years

Policy Term

15 years

50years

Sum Assured

Rs.1,00,000

No Upper Limit

Tax Benefit

Under Section 80C and 10 (10D) of income Tax Act

 

  1. HDFC life Click 2 Protect Plus - This is a comprehensive life insurance policy that provides higher insurance coverage at a very affordable premium rates. Moreover, this policy also comes with additional rider benefits. Below is the tabular description of the policy.

HDFC life Click 2 Protect Plus

Minimum

Maximum

Entry Age

18 years

65 years

Policy Term

10 years

30 years

Sum Assured

Rs.10,00,000

Rs.10,00,00,000

Tax Benefit

Under Section 80C and 10 (10D) of income Tax Act

 

  1. SBI eShield Plan - This is an online life insurance policy that can be bought in a simple and hassle-free way. This plan provides high insurance coverage to the insured in a very affordable premium rates. The details of the policy is described in a tabular form

SBI eShield Plan

Minimum

Maximum

Entry Age

18 years

70 years

Policy Term

5 years

30 years

Sum Assured

Rs.20,00,000

No upper Limit

Tax Benefit

Under Section 80C and 10 (10D) of income Tax Act

 

Conclusion

The above mentioned tax saving data is taken from the Income Tax Act of 1961 and is subject to change. So before zeroing in on any life insurance policy, it is important to know the latest information about various tax saving instruments under the sections mentioned above. Also, one can take help of premium calculator to determine the premium amount and tax saving amount of the policy.