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Tax Benefits of Term Insurance

Discover the tax benefits of term insurance and learn which section of income tax it falls under.

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Term Insurance is a safety net that shields your loved ones from financial struggles in case of your death. This type of life insurance policy is designed to give you peace of mind knowing that your family or nominee will be financially secure if something unforeseen happens to you. By paying regular premiums for a specific period known as the policy term, you ensure that your family or nominee will receive a death benefit. This benefit is the amount insured under the policy and can help your loved ones cope with any financial burdens that may arise after your demise.

In this regard, it is essential to know the relevant sections of the Income Tax Act that govern Term Insurance policies. Knowing the applicable sections can help individuals understand the tax implications of Term Insurance policies. This will enable them to benefit from tax benefits under these sections.

Understanding the Income Tax Act
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The Income Tax Act is a legal framework that regulates taxation of individuals, businesses, and other entities in India. The Act lays down rules and regulations for filing tax returns, paying taxes, and claiming tax deductions and exemptions. The Act is regularly updated with amendments and changes to keep pace with the evolving economic and social conditions of the country. 

The Income Tax Act is a comprehensive law that governs income tax in India. It is divided into several sections, each dealing with a specific aspect of taxation.

Section 80C: Tax Benefits on Investments
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Section 80C of the Income Tax Act allows individual taxpayers to save on taxes by offering deductions for investments and expenses made during a financial year, with a maximum deduction limit of one and a half lakh rupees. 

Eligible investments and expenses under this section include the following.

Some key pointers to note

Overall, utilising Section 80C can be a valuable strategy for individuals to optimise their tax planning and save on taxes. So, it's essential to be aware of the eligible investments and expenses and make use of them to maximise tax benefits. Always seek professional advice if you have any doubts or questions regarding your tax planning.

Claim deductions on Term Insurance
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Section 80C of the Income Tax Act provides tax benefits on certain investments and expenses, subject to certain eligibility criteria. To be eligible for tax benefits under Section 80C, an individual must be a taxpayer in India, either a resident or a non-resident.

The following entities can claim deductions under Section 80C.

Tax exemption on death benefit
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Section 10(10D) states that the money received by the designated person upon the death of the policyholder is exempt from income tax.

Make wise decisions
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Term Insurance policies are eligible for tax benefits under Section 80C and tax exemptions under Section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act. Therefore, it is advisable to evaluate income goals and invest in a suitable Term Insurance policy. This will enable one to avail of tax benefits and secure their loved one's future. Additionally, consulting a financial advisor or tax expert can help you make an informed investment decision.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Here’s a list of common questions and answers related to Term Insurance and Income Tax.


Who is eligible for tax benefits under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act for Term Insurance policies? 

An Indian resident can claim tax benefits on Term Insurance premiums paid. The policy should be in their name or their spouse's or children's name, and they should be the policyholder and payer of the premium. A policy should not be surrendered before its expiration date.

What is the maximum limit on tax benefits under Section 80C for Term Insurance policies? 

Section 80C limits tax benefits to one and a half lakh rupees per financial year. 

Can Section 80C tax benefits be claimed for other investments? 

Yes, tax benefits under Section 80C are not limited to Term Insurance premiums but also other investments.

Are death benefits received under a Term Insurance policy taxable? 

No, the death benefit is exempt from income tax under Section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act, as per applicable terms and conditions.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is generic and shared only for informational and explanatory purposes. It is based on industry experience and several secondary sources on the internet, and is subject to changes.