Although some people view life insurance as a way to replace lost income or pay off debt after the passing of a loved one, it also can offer a number of potential benefits that may make it a valuable tool to accomplish different financial goals in retirement.
First and foremost, life insurance may provide peace of mind and a degree of comfort for the policyholder (the insured) that their loved ones (the beneficiaries) are taken care of financially in the event that they pass away. In addition, life insurance can be a sensible solution for many small business owners to help protect the financial future of their business if something should happen to them. Life insurance is also one of a few types of products that may offer helpful ways to reduce or avoid certain taxes.
In addition to a death benefit, however, life insurance is also one of a few types of products that may offer helpful ways to reduce or avoid certain taxes. Some of these benefits may include:Death benefits:
- Policy death benefits paid to beneficiaries may be income tax-free.
- Some life insurance policies may allow the death benefit to be accelerated out before the insured’s death due to terminal or chronic illness, and that benefit may be income-tax free.
- The insured may exchange their existing life insurance policy for a new life insurance policy and the investment gains on the original contract may be tax free.
- The insured may exchange their existing life insurance policy for an annuity and the investment gains on the original contract may be tax free.
- Cash values may grow tax-deferred during the insured’s lifetime.
- Income from cash value, when properly structured, may not be subject to income taxes.
As an independent insurance firm, we are able to shop dozens of insurance carriers to find rates and product solutions to fit your specific needs and goals, meaning we are not relegated to simply one line of products or one brand name like a captive agent. In addition, we offer complimentary reviews on your existing life insurance contracts.