Purchasing life insurance is a must, especially if your spouse and children are dependent on your income to break even. Even if your spouse is earning, it would be a good idea to cover your life – this cannot replace the emotional loss, but at least your family members will be financially secure. Now, there are many life insurance companies in India, offering hundreds of plans for various needs and age groups. While choosing one, you also need to consider the tax implications of taking a life cover too.

1. Deduction under Section 80C:

If you have paid an insurance premium to insure your own life or the life of your spouse or your child, such premium payments are eligible for deduction under section 80C. Your child may be dependent or independent, minor or major, married or unmarried, the deduction under section 80C shall be allowed. Here, please note that both an individual and a HUF can claim a deduction under Section 80C.

Many taxpayers have a doubt about whether this deduction is available only in respect of life insurance cover taken with LIC. This is not true. Premium paid towards a life cover taken with any insurer that is approved by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), is eligible for a Section 80-C deduction.

However, to claim deduction under section 80C the premium paid should not exceed 10% of the sum assured where the policy has been issued after 1st April 2012. For policies issued prior to 1 April 2012, in order to claim this deduction, the premium paid should not exceed 20% of the sum assured. Further, here it is important to note that a policy issued after 1 April 2013, covering the life of an individual with a disability referred to under Section 80U or a disease referred to under Section 80DDB, the requirement to claim the deduction under Section 80C is that the premium should not exceed 15% of the sum assured.

“Sum assured” simply means the minimum amount assured under the policy to the survivor. This amount does not include premium which has been agreed to be returned or any payment of bonus on the policy.

Exemption under section 10(10D) on Maturity amount received

When the premium paid on the policy does not exceed 10% of the sum assured for policies issued after 1 April 2012 and 20% of sum assured for policies issued before 1 April 2012– any amount received on maturity of a life insurance policy or amount received as bonus is fully exempt from Income Tax under Section 10(10D). Also covered here are policies taken after 1 April 2013, on the life of a person with a disability or a disease specified under Sections 80U and 80DDB respectively, where the amount received on maturity is tax-free provided the premium paid does not exceed 15% of the sum assured.

No exemption from income tax on the maturity of policies

Taxation, where the premium paid, is more than 10% of the sum assured – Any money received from a life insurance policy, where the premium is more than 10% or 20% of the sum assured as the case may be, is fully taxable.

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TDS on life insurance policy

Starting October 2014, if the amount received from a life insurance policy is more than Rs 1,00,000, TDS @ 1% shall be deducted by the insurer before making this payment. TDS will also be deducted on bonus payments. If the amount received is less than Rs 1,00,000 no TDS shall be deducted but the amount received shall be fully taxable for you. You can claim credit for the TDS deducted in your Income Tax Return. Remember, such TDS can be made only on policies not covered under an exemption under Section 10(10D).

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