March 5th, 2020

Saving tax – with a life insurance policy



This is an insurance policy that a company takes out to provide a ‘death in service’ benefit to employees.  It is a very tax efficient way of paying for any life insurance that you may need – especially if you are a higher rate tax payer.

For example, if you currently pay £50 a month for life insurance personally here’s what’s happening with tax behind the scenes:


Company profit£91
Corporation tax£17
Available for dividends£74
Higher rate tax£24
What you’re left with£50

If the company takes out a Relevant Life policy instead then the company would pay the £50 cost and get corporation tax relief too.  This means the real cost to the company is just £40.  You’re getting a tax saving of £51 every month on a policy only costing £50 to begin with.  And with many life policies running for a long time you could save over £12,000 over 20 years.

Here’s a few final points:

To discuss how a Relevant Life policy could work for your company then please get in touch.

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