How LIC Policy Can Save You Income Tax?

An Income tax is an amount paid to the government as a part of our income. The government uses the amount to develop the country and provide road and various other services to society. Every individual who has an income more than the 2.5 Lakhs has to pay the income tax to the government.

Ministry of Finance provides the taxpayers to subscribe to a certain scheme or account to provide exemption on the tax like Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana Account offers the tax benefit to the parents of the girl child. Similarly, some LIC Policies also offers such benefit that helps the policyholder in savings tax. In this article, we will discuss various section and provisions that help the individual to save income tax by using the LIC Policies.

Tax benefit for LIC policy under Income Tax Act

Any payment made to the LIC policy that offers the policyholder with the tax benefit will make the policyholder eligible to the tax benefit. All such policy that offers the Tax benefit comes under section 80 of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The following are the section that offers different tax benefits-

Tax benefit under Section 80C

  • Any life insurance bought on or before 31st March 2012 in your own name or in the name of spouse or child, then up to 20% of tax deduction can be availed on the premium paid towards life insurance policy.
  • Any life insurance bought on or after 1st April 2012 in your own name or in the name of spouse or child, then up to 10% of a tax deduction.
  • Premiums paid towards deferred annuity are eligible for a tax deduction

Tax benefit under Section 80CCC

  • Any annuity plan that guarantees pension payment in the later year, from their taxable income is provided under the section 80CCC
  • Tax benefit under section 80C and 80CCC can be availed by the individual assessee and HUF assessee
  • Under section 80CCC, the maximum amount of deduction that can be claimed is limited to Rs 1,50,000/-
  • If the premium paid in a financial year exceeds 20% of the actual capital sum assured, then tax benefit will be applicable only for the premium up to 20% of the sum assured.

Tax benefit under Section 80D

  • Tax benefit under section 80D can be availed by the individual assessee and Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) and for people who deposit a certain amount of money with the LIC for the support of a handicapped person. Under section 80D, the maximum amount of deduction that can be claimed for this type is limited to Rs Rs50,000/- and in case a handicapped person suffers severe disability then the limit increases to Rs1,00,000
  • The amount exemption under section 80D is up to Rs15,000 and additional deduction up to Rs15,000 is applicable for the parents. If the parents are senior citizens, then up to Rs20,000 is permitted for the tax deduction. Within the tenure of the policy, the policyholder is allowed to make any payment of up to Rs.5,000 on account of preventive health checkups.

Tax benefit under Section 10D (10D)

  • This section provides the tax exemption on the sum assured on the death claim and maturity amount

Income Tax Slab with Interest Rates

Income Slabs Tax Rates
Individual & HUF below age of 60 years Individual 60 years of age and more but less than 80 years Individual 80 years of age and more
Income up to Rs.2,50,000 Income up to Rs.3,00,000 Income up to Rs. 5,00,000 NIL
Rs.2,50,001 to Rs.5,00,000 Rs.3,00,001 to Rs.5,00,000 5%
Rs.5,00,001 to Rs.10,00,000 Rs.5,00,001 to Rs.10,00,000   Rs.5,00,001 to Rs.10,00,000 20%
Above Rs.10,00,000 Above Rs.10,00,000 Above Rs.10,00,000 30%  

Surcharge: In the cases of persons covered under the above categories having a total income exceeding Rs. 50 Lakh but up to Rs. 1 crore, the income tax as calculated above be increased by a surcharge at the rate of 10 percent of such income- tax. If such income exceeds Rs.1 Crore, the rate of surcharge will be @15%.

Education Cess: An additional surcharge called ‘Education Cess’ at the rate of 2% on the amount of Income tax and surcharge in all cases shall be levied.

Secondary and Higher: An additional surcharge, called the “Secondary and Higher Education Cess on income- tax” at the rate of 1% of income-tax and surcharge (not including the “Education Cess on Income-tax”) in all cases shall be levied.