Income protection premiums can seem expensive, especially compared to mortgage protection, which is as cheap as old chips.
Why does income protection cost more?
Well, simply because you’re less likely to die during the term of your mortgage protection, the risk of you making a claim on income protection is much, MUCH higher.
And if the insurer gets a whiff that they may have to pay out, they hike your premiums to cover their butt.
Fortunately, tax relief on your income protection can reduce your premiums by up to 40% making it a more attractive proposition.
Here at lion.ie, we recommend income protection above all other policies.
You only have one income coming into your account every month, the first payment out of your account should be to protect it.
We’ve helped hundreds of clients protect their income.
In this article, we’ll answer the questions we have been most frequently asked by people just like you.
If you’re considering income protection and are wondering how you can reduce your premiums using tax relief, you’re in the right place
Income protection premiums are tax-deductible because the scheme has Revenue approval.
All income protection plans that we arrange have Revenue approval.
If it’s a personal policy (i.e. you pay the premiums), you get tax relief at your marginal rate. If you pay 40% income tax, you can claim 40% relief.
If it’s an executive policy (i.e your company pays the premiums), the company can claim corporation tax relief and there is no BIK for you the employee.
You can if your employer allows it (rarely possible in the private sector)
If so, your employers will deduct the payment from your gross salary, so you don’t have to claim tax relief.
If you’re a self-employed director, your company can pay the premiums for you.
However, if you work in the private sector, you will pay the gross premium to the insurance provider and claims back the tax relief annually on My Account.
One of the most FAQ is “where do you put income protection on tax returns.”
By the way, just because this stuff isn’t confusing enough, income protection is also known as Permanent Health Insurance (PHI)
Here’s a nifty step-by-step guide to claiming tax relief on income protection.
Yes, if you forgot to claim tax relief up to now, you will find a “review your tax” link where you can claim relief for previous years.
I wish income protection payouts were tax-free; alas, they’re not.
Income protection payouts replace the income you would have earned if you were still working.
As such, they are taxed as income, so are subject to income tax, USC and PRSI.
As the scheme administrator, the insurance provider will deduct the correct tax level before paying out.
If you are self-employed, the insurance provider will pay the gross sum to the company, and the company will sort out the tax.
Income protection covers you for any illness or accident that stops you from doing your job. Serious illness cover will only pay out on specific illnesses.
So what happens if you can’t work due to an illness not specified on your policy?
You get nothing.
Income protection costs more because it gives better protection. It is THE BEST insurance policy you can buy.
Read more: Income Protection V’s Serious Illness Cover
If you’re on the fence about income protection and have some concerns, please call me on 05793 20836, and we can go through them.
But please, I’m not here to convince you or persuade you; only you can decide; I am happy to answer any questions.
Alternatively, if you have made up your mind and want some options, please complete this questionnaire, and I’ll send some quotes.
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