A Relevant Life
If you run your own business and have personal life insurance in place to financially protect your family, did you know that you could make a substantial tax saving on your premiums by taking out what is called ‘relevant life insurance’?
Company directors paying 40% personal income tax could save up to 52% on their life insurance premiums (up to a 36% saving for those on a 20% tax rate)
when compared to having personal life cover in place. This means that someone with a £50 a month personal life policy could save £7,800 over a 25-year
term, by taking out relevant life cover instead.
Relevant life insurance is the same in essence as the most common types of life cover sold in the UK – level-term and decreasing-term life cover – in that
it pays out a lump-sum benefit if the person covered passes away within a set period. However, the difference with a relevant life insurance policy
is that it is paid for by your business, meaning it is eligible for tax savings.
Relevant life insurance premiums are tax deductible as a trading expense, and because they are not treated as a P11D benefit there aren’t any implications on the amount of personal tax you pay.
When a relevant life policy is paid through your business there also aren’t any national insurance implications, and the benefit paid out under the policy
is not registered with HMRC, and therefore does not form part of your pension allowance. So, you can see that a tax saving in one place doesn’t have
a knock-on effect that costs you more elsewhere, the benefit is also paid tax-free.
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By Sabre Financial | Wednesday, February 20, 2019