What is Tax-efficient Relevant Life Insurance?
A Relevant Life Plan offers some very special advantages to directors and employees of small limited companies, most notably tax efficiency.
Whilst the cover is personal to you and your employees, the policy premiums are paid by the business and are classed as a business expense so it’s tax deductible and does not count towards annual or lifetime pension allowances.
Any Limited Company in any industry would qualify as long as you or your employees take an income in the form of PAYE and/or dividend.
The only difference between a personal life insurance policy and a Relevant Life Policy – is that the Limited Company pays the premiums. It provides you or your employees a cash lump sum paid on death or diagnosis of a terminal illness to you / your family.
Put simply, Relevant Life Insurance moves the cost of your life insurance policy from your pocket to your company expenses & the taxman - saving you money.
Can I Get Relevant Life Insurance?
Relevant life insurance is designed to provide cost saving life cover for:
Company directors / contractors working through their own limited companies
Small businesses who want to provide life cover whether for an employee or director.
Higher-earning employees with substantial pension funds who do not want their Death in Service benefits to form part of their lifetime allowance.
Up to 50% cheaper premiums
Comprehensive cover that you and your family can benefit from but cheaper than conventional policies
Premiums paid for by the company
The limited company pays for your life insurance premiums – not you.
No National Insurance
You and the limited company do not have National Insurance contributions to pay
The limited company pays the premiums and can claim corporation tax relief on the monthly payments saving 19%
Not A Benefit In Kind
The premiums are not classed as a benefit-in-kind or P11D benefit
What makes a Relevant Life Policy Tax Efficient?
Firstly from the business's perspective, there are no National Insurance contributions to pay on the premiums.
For the employee, there are no National Insurance or Income Tax on the premiums or benefits throughout the policy.
The example creates a saving of £77.92 per month which is 49 % cheaper than a non-relevant life policy
Please note that the premiums provided are indicative only and are shown for information purposes only.
WHAT IS A RELEVANT LIFE PLAN?An individual Death in Service life assurance policy available for employees of the company which includes directors. Your business pays the premiums based on the level of cover. If the person dies or is diagnosed with a significant illness or a terminal illness whilst in employment during the term, the plan pays a fixed, one-off lump sum.
WHO CAN TAKE OUT A RELEVANT LIFE PLAN?To be eligible for a Relevant Life Plan, the person covered must be an employee of a UK Limited business.
IF YOU OR AN EMPLOYEE LEAVES THE COMPANY?There are two options which must be exercised within 90 days of leaving: 1. The new employer can apply to continue the policy. 2. The former employee can continue with the policy personally.
DOESN’T MY COMPANY RECEIVE THE PAY-OUT NOT ME?No. We write all Relevant Plans into what is called a Trust. This is really important as it ensures any pay-out is not treated as a business receipt but goes directly to the family, quickly (avoiding the legal process) and tax efficiently (avoiding inheritance tax). We do this as standard and it’s completely free with us. Trusts are not regulated by the FCA.
WHY NOT JUST TAKE OUT PERSONAL COVER?You can though it will actually cost you more. Paying personally, once you factor in your gross wage (ie. before tax is applied to your wage), the difference is quite large. You could save up to 49% on your premiums by simply allowing your business to pay.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING A QUOTE?Simply call us on 0330 043 0515 or submit an enquiry and we will be in touch. We’ll make sure you are eligible, provide quotations for you to make an informed decision. No pressure, no rush.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CLAIM?Call us. Our Claims Team are here to make sure any claim goes through quickly and smoothly, stress free.
STILL NEED HELP? MESSAGE US!For any other questions, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0330 043 0515
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