Relevant life cover offers a tax efficient way for an employer/Business Owner, usually a small business, to provide life cover for individual employees. It offers financial protection for the employee’s spouse, partner or dependants, paying out a cash lump sum if the employee dies or is diagnosed with a terminal illness during the policy’s term.
Premiums are paid by the employer and are usually viewed as an allowable business expense by HMRC. This means both the premiums and any benefit paid are eligible for relief from income tax, corporation tax and national insurance contributions.
The main benefit therefore is for directors is this being paid by the business pre-tax rather than out of their own pocket post tax.
The business pays £X a month of the policy term
Life assured dies during the term
Trustees make a successful claim
Trustees pay the beneficiaries
*Based on current tax rules
First and foremost, the main advantage is cost saving to an employee or director is paying it post tax vs pre-tax through the business. See the below example:
The main take away from the above example is for a person to pay for a policy themselves it would cost them £1,589.27 every year, the cost via a limited company is £810.
The plan will have no cash in value at any time and will cease at the end of the term. If premiums are not maintained, then cover will lapse.
Akash Desai – Principal Protection Adviser OnPoint Mortgages
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