Relevant Life Policies

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A relevant life policy, also known as relevant life cover, is a tax efficient way of putting life cover in place for company owners or directors, but is an option not always explored.

Taking out life insurance is often a consideration made only when thinking about personal finances. Individuals consider making provision for pensions, income protection, life insurance, critical illness cover and put these under the heading ‘home finances’.

But for company owners and directors, relevant life policies may be better thought of in relation to working life. Because if a relevant life policy is provided via the business, it brings all the benefits of personal life insurance, but for less expense.

What is relevant life insurance?

In many ways, relevant life insurance operates like traditional life insurance: there is a one-off payment in the event of the death of the person covered, or if they are diagnosed with a terminal illness.

However, here is where the similarity ends. The premiums for life insurance are paid by the insured person from their net income. With relevant life cover, the premiums are paid by the company and so are entitled to relief from corporation tax.

Not only that, the company will not have to pay the National Insurance, which would be incurred for traditional life cover premiums.

Relevant life cover is ideal for company owners, directors, or specific employees. An employer may want to opt for relevant life cover if there are too few employees eligible for a group scheme.

The cover should be written into trust, ensuring that the pay-out to family and dependents is swift, with no need to wait for probate to be granted. It will also be exempt from inheritance tax.

In essence, if you are the owner or a director of a company, and you also have life insurance, you might want to think about a relevant life policy as an alternative for you and some of your employees, and save yourself the cost of the premiums as well as mitigate your corporation tax liability.

If you would like to chat to the team at Hartsfield about relevant life cover, please get in touch.