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Updated on Oct 17, 2023
Maturity amount is the sum of money received by a life insurance policyholder at the end of a policy term in case he/she survives the plan. Let us find out if the LIC maturity amount is taxable or not, in this post.
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The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued a circular on August 16, 2023. The circular states the new guidelines on calculating the tax-deducted life insurance maturity amount in a financial year if the premium paid by the insured goes beyond a particular margin.
As per the new guideline, policyholders will not enjoy fully exempted maturity amounts from life insurance policies that were purchased on or after 1st April 2023. If a policyholder is paying a premium that is beyond INR 5 lakhs in a financial year, the individual will have to pay tax on the maturity amount of the policy. The rule applies to all life insurance policies with the exception of ULIPs. As per the new rule, the policies issued till March 31, 2023, will continue to enjoy tax-free status for the maturity amount.
In the case of ULIPs, the maturity amounts are taxable for policies purchased on or after 1st February 2022 if the premium paid by the insured exceeds INR 2.5 lakhs in a financial year.
Below are the criteria that need to be met for the proceeds from the life insurance policy to be taxable:
Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India pays a policyholder a sum of money as maturity benefit at the end of the policy term if the insured outlives the policy tenure. This amount is generally equal to the sum assured of the insurance policy at the time of maturity together with bonuses.
The proceeds of life insurance policies, including death and maturity benefits, allow tax benefits. However, there are some limitations in terms of liability to taxation that everyone should be well aware of. In this post, we will discuss if the LIC maturity amount is taxable or not and other details.
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Let’s understand LIC maturity taxability by means of an example. Suppose you bought a life insurance policy of INR 10 lakh as sum assured for 10 years tenure. Now, when your tenure ends and if you outlive the policy period, LIC is likely to pay you the complete sum assured. This amount is called the maturity benefit.
There are some plans which allow an enhanced sum assured in the form of additional bonus earned through various guaranteed additions as well as loyalty accumulations. This boosts the maturity amount of the LIC policy. However, do you know if the LIC maturity amount is taxable?
The total sum assured received as maturity benefit for surviving a life insurance policy of LIC is tax-free including the bonus as per section 10(10D) of IT. However, there are some eligibility criteria or conditions that need to be fulfilled to enjoy the tax-free maturity. Here, the sum assured of the life insurance policy and the premium amount is required to be in a particular ratio.
Let’s take a look at the different conditions of taxability of life insurance maturity amount of LIC.
Below are the conditions under which the maturity amount of LIC insurance policies are taxable –
For example, if you buy a life insurance policy from LIC of India with a coverage amount of INR 10 Lakh, your annual premium should be less than INR 1 Lakh to enjoy tax-free returns.
So, the maturity benefit in the above mentioned cases is added to the annual income of the insured and tax is levied on the total amount as per the tax slab that is applicable. In addition, the entire maturity benefit is levied with a 1% TDS, which is deducted from the amount before paying it to the insured by the insurer.
Apart from the conditions mentioned above, the maturity amount in the rest of the conditions come under the category of entirely tax-free.
Let us take a look at some of the top life insurance plans offered LIC of India below.
Now that you know about tax-free benefits on LIC policy maturity, below are some of the popular LIC life insurance plans to invest in:
|LIC Policy||Plan Type||Entry Age||Term of Policy||Maturity Age||Sum Assured|
|LIC Tech Term Plan||Term Insurance||18 to 65 years||10 to 40 years||80||INR 50 lakh – no limit|
|LIC Jeevan Amar||Term insurance||18 to 65 years||10 to 40 years||80||INR 25 lakh – no limit|
|LIC Jeevan Umang||Whole life + Endowment plan||90 days to 55 years||100 years minus the entry age||100||INR 2 lakh – no limit|
|LIC New Jeevan Anand||Endowment plan||18 to 50 years||15 to 35 years||75||INR 1 lakh – no limit|
As per the CBDT guidelines, individuals can opt for life insurance policies offering higher maturity amounts for tax benefits.
Here is an example as per the CBDT circular to show how tax benefits for the maturity amount of life insurance policies are calculated if the premium in the preceding years of the policy term surpasses INR 5 lakh.
|Life insurance plan||A||B||C||D|
|Policy issue date||1st April 2022||1st April 2023||1st April 2023||1st April 2023|
|Premium (Paid annually in INR)||5-lakh||1-lakh||3.5-lakh||6-lakh|
|Sum Insured (INR)||50-lakh||10-lakh||35-lakh||60-lakh|
|Maturity amount on 1st Nov. 2032||60-lakh|
|Maturity amount on 1st Nov. 2033||12-lakh||40-lakh||70-lakh|
In the table above, you can see that the life insurance maturity amount for policy A will enjoy tax exemption status since it was issued before April 1, 2023. However, other policies purchased on or after April 1, 2023, need evaluation to compute the tax-exempt percentage.
The maturity amount received from policies B and C also enjoys tax-exemption status because the combined yearly premium does not surpass INR 5 lakh in a year. However, the maturity amount of policy C will be taxed since the premium paid annually surpasses INR 5 lakh.
LIC of India offers many lucrative policies and deals to benefit the common people. People generally like to know – LIC maturity amount is taxable under which head/section. The maturity amount of LIC policy is completely tax-free under Section 10(10D) if the conditions mentioned in the blog above are maintained. Further, investing in a LIC tax saving plan early-on in life helps by lowering the tax deductions, while saving more.
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Yes, LIC allows tax exemptions under section 80C on life insurance policies. If the policyholder has bought a life insurance policy on or before March 31, 2012 for him/herself or for spouse, child etc., he/she can get up to 20% of tax deduction on the premium.
To claim deduction on the premium of life insurance policy, you can file under section 80C. For individuals, tax exemption can be availed if the policy is bought in the name of taxpayer, spouse or children.
If you have purchased your life insurance plan after 1 April, 2012, and the premium you are paying annually is more than 10% of policy sum assured, the maturity benefit would be taxed under section 10 (10D) and as per your income slab. Else, you can enjoy tax-free maturity.
The maturity amount can be claimed at the branch office of your LIC policy. In fact, the branch will send a letter to the policyholder two months prior to the date of the maturity informing the details of the payment to be received.
Yes, death benefit for term plans as well as permanent life insurance plans that is received by the nominee of the plan is tax- free.
Once your life insurance policy reaches maturity, you get the maturity benefit as a lump sum amount paid by the insurer. For example, if the life insurance plan has a 20 year term, the insured will get the maturity benefit at the end of 20 years if he/she outlives the term of the policy.
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