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Understanding Tax Exemptions in ULIP (Old and New)

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  • 29th Apr 2022
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Understanding Tax Exemptions in ULIP (Old and New)

ULIPs are a very popular type of investment. In a ULIP plan, the policyholder pays a certain amount, called a premium, from which a portion is assigned to various fund possibilities, and the advantages of the investment are realized. When purchasing ULIP, an individual does not need to acquire a separate life insurance policy because it is incorporated in the plan

With many individuals flocking to this financial investing instrument, it has carved out a niche in the investment market thanks to its dependability, extensive benefits, and capacity to generate considerable financial rewards. ULIP tax exemption is also one of the reasons they’ve become so well-known. However, certain modifications structure for the ULIP plan tax exemption may create confusion among potential and present investors.

This article will take you through all the previous and new ULIP income tax exemptions to help you understand this tool better.

All About Old and New Unit Linked Insurance Plan (ULIP) Plan Tax Exemption

On January 19, 2022, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) released a statement outlining the mechanism for determining whether ULIPs are tax-exempt. If the yearly premium for ULIPs topped ₹2.5 lakh, the ULIP tax-exempt status would be removed, according to Budget 2021. Nevertheless, there were many questions about how the framework would operate, particularly in the situation of multiple ULIPs, which include both types purchased before and after the budget plans.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) stated on January 19, 2022, the process for evaluating whether ULIPs are tax-exempt. According to the current CBDT announcement, the total premium of both new and old ULIPs would be evaluated for ULIP tax exemption. If the total surpasses ₹2.5 lakh, the exemption will not apply to new ULIPs with premiums over ₹2.5 lakh.

The return or income on the maturity of ULIPs with annual premiums above ₹2.5 lakh shall be assessed as capital appreciation and levied accordingly under section 112A. However, the cap of ₹2.5 lakh on the annual premium of ULIPs would apply only to plans bought on or after February 1, 2021.

The new government taxation law will only apply to future new ULIPs as ULIP income tax exemption, so you won’t have to worry about your current ULIPs where you may continue to invest your premium until the policy matures. On the other hand, purchasing numerous policies will not assist with new ULIPs.

ULIP Exemption Changes and Their Popularity

ULIPs remain an appealing investment choice, notwithstanding the increased tax rules. To begin with, ULIPs combine the protection of life insurance with the potential for larger investment returns. This ensures your family’s safety while also providing the best long-term returns. Furthermore, on premiums up to ₹1.5 lakhs, ULIPs continue to be tax-free. Moreover, the death benefit is still tax-free under Section 10 (10D) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Finally, unlike the intricate equity-linked market investing choices, ULIP plans are simple to grasp. As an investor, you’ll have a simple and painless time matching your fund allocation to your risk tolerance and financial objectives.

ULIPs are a popular choice among individuals, regardless of the previous and new ULIP tax exemptions. However, before you get your hands on this plan, make sure it’s compatible with your budget and personal goals.

- A Consumer Education Initiative series by Kotak Life

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