How Much is Enough?

How much life insurance do I really need?

That’s the one of the toughest decisions to make.

Here’s some tips to answer this question.

How Do I Decide on How Much Life Insurance to Carry?

The amount of life insurance that you need  really boils down to answering 3 basic questions.

1. What do I want the life insurance to accomplish?

2. What are my assets?

3. What are my debts?

The formula is basically (Needs and/or Assets) – Debts x Length of Time = Amount of Life Insurance Coverage

These sound like simple questions, but let’s examine each step in a lot more detail.  Each of you will have your own unique objectives and different circumstances.

1. What Do I Want the Life Insurance to Accomplish

This boils down to one thing –NEED!

Buying life insurance isn’t about making anyone rich, it’s about taking of the people who depend on you and their future financial survival. If your income is vital for the financial maintenance of your family, you have to figure how your survivors are going to manage when you’re gone.

So, take a look at where you are now and cast your gaze into the future. Let’s start with where you are right now.

You might be single and about to get married.  You could be already married and are thinking about having children, or you might already have 1 or 2 little ones and are maybe expecting another bundle of joy.

You might be currently renting but saving up to buy a house or condo, or you already own your home.  You could be a young professional in the first year of your new budding career.  Or, you might own and have been building your own business for several years.

What do you want a life insurance policy to cover?  What do you foresee down the road such as 5, 10, 20 or even 30 years for yourself and your family – existing and future?

Here are some objectives to consider how much life insurance you might need, and what objectives you want to use a policy to cover.

  • Income replacement for (x) number of years
  • Maintaining the standard of living for your family for (x) number of years
  • All of your current debts and even future ones
  • Your burial expenses
  • Your living circumstances such as a mortgage
  • Taxes
  • Inflation (assume 2-3%)
  • Current needs and future needs
  • Children’s college tuition
  • Medical expenses (if you currently have or anticipate health problems down the road – is your current health insurance going to be sufficient?)
  • Leave a financial legacy for the kids or grandchildren
  • Donate the life insurance proceeds to your favourite charity(s)
  • Business debts – if you are a sole proprietor or in partnership

That’s step 1 – figuring out your needs or objectives of what you want a life insurance policy to cover.

Now, lets get down to some dollars and cents questions.continue page 2……

Life Insurance with Pre-existing Conditions

Do you need life insurance and have a pre-existing health condition?

Have you been turned down for a life insurance policy?

 Don’t know what to do?

 Pre-existing Health Conditions and Life Insurance

 Yes, it can be a challenge if you have been coping with a pre-existing health condition like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and any other form of health condition.

You might have already applied for a life insurance policy and the company turned you down flat.  There are many people who are in the same boat as you.

 Everyone has a need for life insurance, but people who have a pre-existing health condition can face an uphill battle when it comes to buying life insurance.

What can you do?  I have some tips and advice that I think will help some of you, and I’ll start with the basics when it comes to comes to life insurance and how it works for people who have a pre-existing health condition

 How Life Insurance Companies Rate People with a Pre-existing Condition

Believe it or no there are over 80 different variables which can be considered in the underwriting process when it comes to rating a person for a life insurance policy.

Life insurance is based on the probability of risk.  How risky is it to insure a person.  Even if you are a higher risk, you may still be eligible for a policy.  But, it will cost more for a policy.

Some pre-existing conditions may not be insurable under a standard policy by any company. Other conditions may require a waiting period such as being cancer free for a certain period before they will consider an application. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that not all insurers rate people with pre-existing conditions the same.  Some companies are definitely more lenient than other companies.  So, the first thing to keep in mind is that even if one company turned you down, another company might approve your application.

And, if you still aren’t eligible for a policy at all, there is another option known as Guaranteed Life Insurance which I’ll explain about later on.

In a nutshell, the most important factors which a prospective insurer wants to know include the following:

  • When were you first diagnosed with the condition
  • How serious is the condition
  • What treatment you received
  • How well you responded to treatment
  • What is the prognosis

Basically, what the insurance company wants to know is whether your condition is one of the following situations:

  • Is the pre-existing condition stable?
  • Is the pre-existing condition improving?
  • Is the pre-existing condition getting worst?

The insurance companies will rate you according to the medical records they request and receive from your doctors/hospital.  They will also base their decision on your medical exam which you might have to take and from their review of the R/x database and MIB or Medical Information Bureau.

If your condition is stable or improving then your odds of being approved for a policy increases.  If the condition is getting worst then it is very likely you will not be eligible for a standard policy and will have to go with a Guaranteed Life Insurance policy.

Not All Pre-Existing Conditions Are Treated the Same

This is another thing you have t keep in mind.  For example, you might think that since you have been diagnosed with cancer, then you’ll be out of luck.

No, just because you have cancer, heart disease or diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean your pre-existing condition will be all lumped into the same category.  Some conditions have a very high rate of being treated successfully such as some types of skin cancer.  However, lung cancer may be a bit more of a problem.

How Do I Find Life Insurance with a Pre-existing Condition?

First, don’t waste your time using instant online sites which claim to be ready to sell you a policy right now.  It won’t work as you are going to undergo a more detailed health investigation by the company.

Since not all insurers are the same, the first thing you should do is to always talk to an independent life insurance agent who specializes in health related issues such as me.  Independent agents have access to dozens of different insurers and I know which ones are going to be more lenient than others.

This not only applies to how you will be rated but how much you will be charged for a premium.  The other issue is that I can discuss your specific health concerns on a one-to-one basis and can provide you with the advice and options you need to know about and consider before you make an informed decision.

What if I Have A Life Threatening Pre-existing Condition?

It is possible you may not qualify for a regular life insurance policy at all.  But, you still have one option left open and that is for a Guaranteed Acceptance life insurance policy.  In most cases you will not have to either answer any medical questions or even have to take a medical exam.  You are basically immediately approved.

The drawback is that these policies have much a lower coverage which mostly won’t be higher than a $25,000 policy.  They are more expensive but still affordable.

There is usually a 2 year waiting period called a ‘Graded Death Benefit’ attached to these policies where the insurer won’t pay the death benefits if you die in the first 2 years of the life of the policy.  Your beneficiary would only receive the premiums (and possibly some interest) you paid up until the time of your death.

Where Can I Find a Life Insurance Policy for a Pre-existing Condition?

You always want to talk to an independent agent like myself.  We can access and research dozens of companies so you are assured we will find the best policy at the most affordable rates.  If you have health concerns, don’t let that dissuade you because we can give you valuable advice and help you to find a policy that suits you.

Whatever your needs or questions then please call me direct at 877 – 966 – 9383.

Life Insurance for Cancer Patients

Can’t find life insurance because you have been diagnosed with cancer?

There are life insurance policies available even if you are currently being treated for cancer.

Most people will not be approved for traditional life insurance policies if they are currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

What Type of Life Insurance is Available for Cancer Patients?

If you currently have cancer and are receiving treatment, or have been recently diagnosed with cancer, there is one life insurance option available to you.

It is called Guaranteed Issue Life insurance which just about anyone can qualify for regardless of their health, age or physical disability.

In most instances, you will not even be required to take a medical exam or even answer a medical questionnaire. You simply apply and in the majority of cases, you will receive immediate approval.

How Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance Works

Guaranteed life insurance is designed specifically for people in your situation as everybody should have the opportunity to buy life insurance to protect their loved ones financially.

This type of policy is available in both the form of a term insurance policy and a whole life policy.  The term life insurance policy is more affordable because it pays out death benefits only. A whole life policy also contains a cash accumulation feature so it is more expensive.

Does Guaranteed Issue life Insurance Cost More?

The answer is yes, but it is not as expensive as you might think.  The main reason that this type of policy costs more is that the life insurance company is insuring you without the benefit of a medical examination.  Because their information is much more limited in how they rate a person, they are taking more of a risk to insure you.

Another thing to keep in mind is that there are usually much lower coverage amounts available then what you would otherwise be able to buy.  Depending on the insurer, you can buy coverage amounts usually ranging from a minimum of $ 1,000 in coverage up to as high as $50, 000 in coverage.

Most insurers top out their maximum coverage at around $20,000 or $25,000 dollars.

Sample Quotes for Guaranteed Issue Life Policies

I did some research and have provided some sample quotes for males in the age range of 50 – 80 years of age for different coverage amounts ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.

Guaranteed Acceptance Life Insurance Quotes for Male Aged 50 – 80

Monthly Rates

Age                            $5,000 Policy       $10,000 Policy        $15,000 Policy       $20,000 Policy

50 Year Old Male             $21.46             $40.66                          $59.87                   $79.07
55 Year Old Male             $24.21             $46.16                          $68.12                   $90.07
60 Year Old Male             $27.90             $240.00                        $79.21                  $104.87
65 Year Old Male             $33.01             $63.77                          $94.52                  $125.28
70 Year Old Male             $40.62             $78.98                          $117.35                $155.72
75 Year Old Male             $51.62             $100.99                        $150.31               $199.73
80 Year Old Male             $67.52             $132.79                        $198.05               $263.32

(Disclaimer: These quotes are good as of April 2, 2013)

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Some Basic Question About Life Insurance

If you don’t know anything at all about life insurance and how it works, then this introductory primer will answer all your most basic questions.

I will explain the basic differences in the types of policies and how to buy the right policy for your needs.

You will also learn how to decide on how much you need and how to apply for life insurance.

Let’s begin.

What is Life Insurance?

A life insurance policy is a contract between you and the life insurance company.  The terms of the contract are spelled out in the life insurance policy which you will receive when your application is approved.

Basically, the contract consists of an agreement where the life insurance company will pay an amount of money (known as the death benefits) which you (called the insured) specified or selected should you die while the policy or contract is in force.

The amount of money or death benefits, which can be anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000,00 or more, and any amount in between, is the amount of money which is payable by the life insurance company.

These death benefits are payable to a named beneficiary(s) that you select, and will be the person(s) who receive these death benefits.  A beneficiary can be one or several individuals and are generally family members such as your spouse, your children or other siblings.  When naming a beneficiary, you should always use the full name of a person you designate.

The death benefits will be paid as a lump sum which is non-taxable to the beneficiary.

Your Responsibility as the Insured

The second part of the contract involves your role or obligation.  To keep the policy in force, you will be obliged to pay the insurance company a specified amount of money which is called the premium.  You must always pay this premium as specified in the policy.

The premium can be paid as a lump sum, as an annual or semi-annual payment, or on a monthly basis.

Reasons to Buy Life Insurance

The main purpose most people life insurance is to be able to provide financially for their families should they unexpectedly die.  Some specific reasons to buy life insurance include:

  • Income replacement especially if you are the main breadwinner in the family
  • Be able to pay for your mortgage if you just bought a home
  • Debts such as personal or business loans, credit cards
  • Funeral and death expenses
  • College or university tuition of your children
  • Medical expenses if you develop a life threatening or long term illness
  • Retirement
  • You have an estate or trust
  • Use as charitable donations

How Much Does Life Insurance Cost?

Life insurance is cheapest to buy and most affordable when you are younger and becomes increasingly more expensive as you age.  You will be required to either take a medical exam or at the very least answer a medical questionnaire when you apply for a policy.

The cost of life insurance depends on a number of variables such as your age, gender, current state of your health, your lifestyle, whether you are a smoker or non-smoker, your family medical history, your professions and hobbies plus a number of other variables.continue page 2……

How Level Term Life Insurance Works

Are you wondering how level term life insurance works?

If you’re thinking about buying life insurance and only need life insurance coverage for a specific number of years then this might be the ideal policy for you.

Level life term insurance is a very straightforward type of life insurance and is the most basic form of life insurance available.

What is Level Life Insurance?

Level life insurance is term life insurance.  This type of life insurance pays death benefits only.  These policies do not contain a savings component like you would find in permanent insurance such as whole life or universal life for example.

Although level term insurance can cover you for your lifetime you buy it for specific time frames such as 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years.  Each period or time frame is called the ‘term’ which is how term insurance derives its name.  You can also buy policies which are age specific such as 55 or 65 years of age for example.

The first thing you have to determine is the amount of coverage or death benefits you feel you would need to achieve your purpose or reasons for buying life insurance.  You then select the length of time or term you feel is right for your life insurance needs.

Once you have selected the amount of death benefits, then this is the amount of death benefits your beneficiary(s) would receive should you die during the term you have selected.  The death benefits remain level or constant throughout the term of the policy you have purchased.  This is why it is called level life insurance because the death benefits remain constant throughout the lifetime of the term.

So, if you buy a $500,000 level term policy for a 20 year term and were to die unexpectedly in the 19th year of the policy, and providing you have kept up with the premiums and not allowed the policy to lapse, then the person(s) you have named as a beneficiary will receive a non-taxable lump sum payment of $500,000 dollars.

On the majority of policies sold by insurers, the premiums are guaranteed for the term you have bought.  This means that if your insurer was charging you $20.00 per month for a premium when you bought the policy then that is what you will still be paying in the final year of the term.

However, there are some insurers which do not guarantee the premium and if this is the case, then they have the ability to increase the premium.

To ensure you don’t get caught with having to pay higher premiums, it’s always best to ask your agent if the premiums are guaranteed.

What Happens if the Term Expires?

Most term policies sold are renewable.  Before the expiration date on the term occurs, the life insurance company will ask you if you want to renew the policy.  You can choose to buy the same length of term or you might opt to buy a shorter term and alter the death benefits.

Always Pick a Suitable Term

There is one thing you should remember if you go to renew your term level policy, and that is the premiums will be quite a bit more expensive.  The one important point to keep in mind when buying a level term life insurance policy or any other policy is that life insurance becomes more expensive to buy as you age.….(continued on page 2)

Life Insurance with Guaranteed Acceptance

Have you been turned for life insurance because of a serious illness, physical disability or because you are elderly?

If this describes you and you need a life insurance policy, then there is a solution available.

It’s called Guaranteed Life Acceptance and is also sometimes known as a Graded Death Benefit

What is a Guaranteed Life Acceptance Insurance Policy?

This is a type of life insurance policy offered by many insurers where you will be automatically approved for a life insurance policy regardless of the state of your health or age.

There are many insurers who offer this type of policy and the best part is that many insurers, but not all of them, you won’t even have to submit to a medical exam or even be asked medical questions to qualify for coverage.

All you have to do is apply and you can expect immediate approval when you apply.

Who Should Buy a Guaranteed Life Acceptance Policy?

This type of life insurance is suitable for anyone who has been turned down for a policy because of the following reasons:

  • Life threatening or terminal illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, or any other form of illness where you cannot buy a traditionally available form of life insurance policy
  • Physical disability such as extreme obesity, a genetically inherited disability or a disability which occurred from an injury or accident
  • Age such as if you are elderly with or without an accompanying illness or disability

Most insurers that offer this type of policy may or may not only ask you a few basic medical questions.

Are There Any Restrictions?

Some insurers may not cover you if you are terminally ill, have HIV or AIDS, or are residing in a hospital or long term facility.  Other insurers have no such restrictions.

Another restriction is that some insurers require that you fall within a certain age category such as between ages 40 – 80 for example.

You should also be aware that these types of policies also generally come with a much lower amount of coverage than what is available with other traditional policies.

Depending on the insurance company, you can generally find death benefits coverage amounts which range anywhere from between $1000 dollars to as high as $50,000 in coverage although most policies range between $5,000 – $20,000 in death benefits coverage.

Will I Always be Covered?

It depends on the life insurance company.  Most companies sell this policy as a ‘Graded Death Benefit’.  This means that your beneficiary will likely not be entitled to the full death benefits for the first 2 years, although some insurers will pay on the policy in case of accidental death in those first 2 years.

Your beneficiary would only receive an amount equivalent to the premiums you paid up to the time of their death if you should die within this 2 year time frame. (Some insurers may also pay a nominal interest amount such as 5%)(continued on page 2)……..

Frequently Asked Questions About Life Insurance

Many people have questions about life insurance.

I have put together some of the most common questions that people ask about life insurance along with the answers.

If you’re wondering what life insurance is all about and how it works, then this FAQ is a great place to start.

Why Should I Buy Life Insurance?

Life insurance is purchased by people for a variety of reasons.  The following is a sample of some of the most common reasons why people buy life insurance, but there are many more:

·         Income replacement for lost wages if you’re the major breadwinner

·         Paying off a mortgage or personal debts such as credit cards and loans

·         Funeral, burial and medical expenses

·         Retirement and savings

·         Money used to fund your child’s education

·         Estate reasons, trusts and charitable donations

·         Business reasons

What Types of Life Insurance Policies Can I Buy?

There are 2 types of life insurance policies which you can buy and they include term insurance and permanent insurance. Permanent insurance is broken down further into whole life, universal life and variable life.

How much Life Insurance Do I Need?

This is dependent on your individual situation and actual needs.  Ideally, most experts state you should get 10 times your annual gross salary. It also depends on your reasons for buying life insurance. You need to take into account your current savings, investment plans and other assets plus any other plans such as what you might receive from your employer or Social Security.  Then, consider what you might consider the financial shortfall for your situation and you can use that as a guideline.

What is Term Insurance?

Term insurance policies cover you for life but are purchased for a specific length of time such as 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years.  These policies cover lump sum, non-taxable death benefits only.  The premiums for the term you select are fixed for the term you select. These policies are also renewable or can be converted into a permanent policy, often without having to take a medical exam

What is Whole Life Insurance?

Whole Life insurance has both death benefits and a tax sheltered cash value accumulation feature.  Premiums and the rate of return on the cash value accumulation are guaranteed. These policies have a higher premium initially than a term policy, but the coverage is for your lifetime.  Whole life premiums can be paid-off in a limited number of years.

What is Universal Life Insurance?

Universal Life insurance is similar to whole life as it has both death benefits and a tax sheltered cash value accumulation component.  You have more flexibility with this type of policy as you can change your death benefits and how you pay the premiums.  Some policies allow you to choose your investment options.

Is Life Insurance Tax-Free?

Yes, in most instances your named beneficiary will receive a non-taxable lump sum payment on your death benefits.  However, if you name your estate as beneficiary, or buy a policy as a third party, there may be possible tax implications at both the state and federal levels.

Can I Change My Beneficiary?

Yes, and all you would have to do is contact your insurance company or agent and request a ‘Change of ‘Beneficiary’ form.

Can I Pay My Life Insurance Premium By Installments?

Yes, you can pay your premium as a lump sum, and most companies allow you to choose either monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual payments.  Payment options may vary from company to company.continue page 2……

Life Insurance for People with Disabilities

Did you know that the Council of Disability Awareness reports that there are currently over 36 million Americans who are considered as disabled?

That works out to 12% of the population.

Did you also know that 1 out of 4 people who are currently in their twenties will become disabled before they retire?

And finally, of those people who are currently disabled, 50% are still in their working years and between18 – 64 years of age.

Unless you already were born with a disability or already have a disability, you probably most likely think that it won’t happen to you.

Life is uncertain and there are no guarantees. So, if you are already disabled, then you might be wondering if you are still eligible for life insurance.

Life Insurance and the Legal Rights of the Disabled

Americans who have a disability have legal protection which prevents a life insurance company from refusing coverage simply because of their disability.  These rights are protected under the American with Disabilities Act.  At least that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

Nonetheless, there are many people with a disability who find it a challenge to buy affordable life insurance or even to get any at all.

How Life Insurance View the Disabled

A person with a disability generally has a medical condition caused by disease or injury which physically restricts or limits them from performing some or even all of their daily activities.  A disability can be caused at birth from a genetic disorder, or something which manifests itself over time, or is caused by something they have contracted.

A disability can be a result of an accident or injury which was work related, or caused by just about anything you can imagine.  Many people function relatively well with a disability while others require a lot of additional care to help them cope with performing their daily activities which most of us take for granted.

The first thing you should know is that not all disabilities are the same.  And, not all life insurance companies view similar disabilities the same.  One of the key factors that a life insurance company will look at is to determine if they believe that your particular type of disability will shorten your life span.

If the insurance carrier underwriter’s believe or determine that your particular disability will reduce your expected life span then you will receive a lower rating and they will charge more for a premium.

Additional factors also come into play when making this determination such as your age, and additional health factors such as if you also have heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and your lifestyle. continue page 2……

How life Insurance for Sole Proprietor Works?

In the U.S. there are several million people who operate a business as a sole proprietor.

It’s great to be independent and run your own business, isn’t it? But, what’s going to happen if you were to die unexpectedly?

What happens to your sole proprietor business if you are no longer there to run the business?  Are you aware of the financial problems you could be imposing on your family and the financial mess you could end up leaving behind?  This means your family.

The sad fact is that far too many of you who operate a sole proprietorship aren’t looking at the big picture.

A sole proprietorship is a unique form of business enterprise.  It can consist of a single individual such as a painter or can be a store owner who has a number of employees and anything in between.  You might make $5,000 a year or maybe over $500,000 per year.

Why a Sole Proprietor Needs Life Insurance

Life insurance is vital to have if you run your own business as a sole proprietor.  If you don’t think so, then I’m going a toss a little bit of reality at you so you can see why life insurance is so vital.

Here’s where you stand.

The Business Costs of Being a Sole Proprietor

Step back and take a clear look at what you’re involved in doing with your sole proprietor business.  As a sole proprietor, you may have clients or customers where you have contractual obligations.  You may have suppliers that you owe money too or have an existing line of credit.  You could have a business owned vehicle, pay rent or a mortgage on a location.  Additionally, you could have business credit cards, personal and business loans with bank, and other debts.

And, of course there’s the IRS and everyone’s favorite – Taxes!

Who’s going to cover all these business expenses and debts if were to suddenly die?  The answer is quite simple – your estate! And who’s going to be responsible for your estate? It will be those who survive you!

And, these are just the some of the expenses you could be running up as a sole proprietor.

Here’s the other side of the coin.

Business Income of a Sole Proprietor

You can be either a partial financial contributor or you may be the sole bread winner of your family.  If you die unexpectedly, where is your family going to find that replacement income if you’re gone and you didn’t have any life insurance?

What Happens to a Sole Proprietor Business When They Die?

Now, what happens to a sole proprietor business when the owner dies? Well, here’s what happens;

  • The creditors will be the first to appear to demand payment of all existing and outstanding loans
  • Clients will be pressing for their contractual obligations or seeking compensation
  • Even if there is a transfer of ownership to a family relation, the new owner will have to pay the transition costs
  • The business must still be dissolved
  • Federal and state taxes are still owed and must be paid
  • Employee wages must be paid along with any obligatory payments such as Workers compensation, Social Security etc.

Then, there is still the lost income that has to be replaced so the family can pay the bills and survive financially.  They also have to pay for the burial and funeral expenses, and all your own personal debts have to be paid. This financial mess will be your legacy..(continued on page 2)

The Tax Benefits of Life Insurance

Did you know that life insurance proceeds are not taxable?

For the most part, and there are a few exceptions, your beneficiary will not have to pay income tax on the death benefits they receive.

This applies to both term and permanent life insurance policies.

In the majority of cases, a named beneficiary will receive the death benefits as a lump sum payment and these proceeds are not subject to income tax.  Your beneficiaries can use the life insurance proceeds immediately and in any manner or purpose they choose.

There are a few situations where life insurance proceeds can be taxable and I explain later where you might get dinged by the IRS if you make a mistake.  However, I’ll tell you how you can avoid making these mistakes.

Naming your Beneficiary

This is one of the most important things you need to think about when you buy a life insurance policy.  When you decide on the person or persons, as you can name more than one beneficiary, you should do the following:

  • Give Full Names – Provide the full names of the person(s) as the beneficiary.  It’s also a good idea to specify their birthdates or Social Security Number to clarify their identity.  This is just in case there are other family members who happen to have the same name.  This will avoid potential legal complications if 2 people with the same name challenge the payment of the death benefits.
  • Spouse and Relatives – If you are naming your spouse, then make sure you clarify the name of the spouse and do not simply put a generic reference such as ‘spouse’.   The same should apply to siblings such as brother or sister.  People divorce and re-marry and sometimes neglect to alter the beneficiaries on their life insurance policies.  I can guarantee that this can result in legal complications. Be specific!
  • Estate – Do not name your beneficiary as your ‘estate’, unless you intentionally mean to do so.  This should really never, ever be done on a term life insurance policy and especially if you do not have a will.  If you name your estate as beneficiary, then the proceeds could end up in probate and the proceeds could be subject to estate taxes at both the federal and state levels.
  • Third Party Purchases – Beware of purchasing life insurance as a third party.  This is a common situation which happens when a parent buys a life insurance policy for one of their children, who happens to be grown up and already married, who then designates their spouse as the beneficiary.  The parent is the owner of the policy, while the child is the insured and their spouse is the beneficiary.  Should the child die, then it is very possible the IRS may view the life insurance proceeds which the spouse receives as a gift from the parent who purchased the policy and who is the owner of the policy, but not the named insured.

Tax Benefits of Permanent Life Insurance Policies

Permanent life insurance policies such as whole life, universal life and variable life are a little bit more complicated because of the cash value accumulation feature which is not found in term life insurance policies.

Permanent life policies consist of two parts which includes both death benefits and the cash value accumulation feature.

Now, in some instances, some people will deliberately name the beneficiary on their policies as their ‘estate’.  This is fine if they meant to do so and it is done so on the advice of their tax advisor or financial advisor.  The same applies to situations where you are setting up a trust but this should only be done with the advice of a tax consultant or financial advisor.

You cannot and should not name your ‘estate’ as beneficiary if you do not have a will as the both the proceeds from the death benefits and the cash value accumulation will end up in probate, and could be subject to having to pay estate taxes to both the federal and state governments.

Other Taxable Benefits of Permanent Insurance

Permanent life insurance policies come with a cash value accumulation feature.  On a whole life and universal policy, the cash value is generally guaranteed to grow at a minimum amount of interest.  The interest you earn in the cash value accumulation portion of your policy is also not taxable.  You do not have to pay taxes on the interest or on the proceeds payable to your beneficiary.

Variable life insurance policies allow you to make investment choices as you can opt to have you money invested in bonds, stocks or a money market fund.  If you were to invest on your own, you would be subject to capital gains, but this does apply to the money invested in a variable life insurance policy.

(Disclaimer – There are tax pitfalls that you have to be careful about when it comes to buying life insurance.  It is always best to talk to tax consultant or your financial advisor so you aware of any potential problems which might arise).

Need More Information?

You always want to talk to an independent agent like myself.  We can access and research dozens of companies so you are assured we will find the best policy at the most affordable rates.  If you have health concerns, don’t let that dissuade you because we can give you valuable advice and help you to find a policy that suits you.

Whatever your needs or questions then please call me direct at 877 – 966 – 9383.