Health Insurance And Tax Benefit

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Health is Wealth or You may say Health is the greatest assets for a human being. Our overall health is severely affected by our lifestyle. Unhealthy Eating Habits, Lack of Adequate Sleep, Stress can affect our health. A Mediclaim policy acts as savior & it protect you from facing a financial crunch in a medical emergency. Since Inflation has made medical bills costlier, having a heath insurance policy is necessary as other necessities.

There are dual benefits of the health insurance. First it ensures your financial stability and give coverage against expensive medical bills and also offer you benefit of Tax Deduction under section 80D upto Rs.25,000/- to Rs.30,000/- (for Senior citizen).

In order to enjoy tax deductions along with health coverage, you need to check which policy suits you & your family and how much premium required for. The premium amount paid by you can be utilize as Tax Rebate Tool. Remember, if the premium paid by your employer, you will not be eligible for tax rebate. Under the IT Act, 1961 medical allowance is not considered as an allowance, which is exempted. 

Generally, medical allowance is confused with medical reimbursement. Medical reimbursement is paid by an employer to their employees when they submit medical bills. 

When it comes to tax planning, people generally don't consider their parent's health insurance as a tax saving tools. If you are paying for your parents health insurance, you can claim upto Rs.30,000/- as tax deduction benefit in your annual income tax return. 

Which is better Paid-Up or Surrender?

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A life insurance policy in which if all the premium payments are complete till some specified period and insured person is free of all payment obligations and the policy stays intact until insured's death or termination by its maturity or Surrender of the policy is called Paid-Up Policy.

Life Insurance Policies usually last the insured person's lifetime or maturity period, but some some policies can be paid up completely till a specified period. Only Traditional Life Insurance Plans can be a Paid Up Policy. 

It is calculated as the ratio of number of premium paid to the total number of premiums payable multiplied by the Sum Assured value.

 i.e. Paid-Up Value = No. of Premium paid /No. Premiums Payable X Sum Assured.


For Example:  Pradip has one traditional Endowment Policy having Sum Assured Value Rs.2,00,000/- and the policy tenure is 16 years. Unfortunately Pradip did not able to continue his policy after continuing is upto 8 years full premium paid. 
Now from very next year he did not paid any due premium to make it continue, hence very next year this policy become automatically a Paid-Up policy.

Which is better Paid-Up or Surrender of Policy?
Now, Pradip has two option either he can go and surrender his policy by providing all necessary documents to the branch or let it become Paid-Up.

Also Read : How To Surrender An LIC Policy ??

A Policy can be paid-up from next premium due. Suppose I continue my policy up-to 8 years and from next year I fail to pay premium then it become automatically Paid-up to its proportionate to its  premium paid ; Payable And Sum Assured.

Every Insurance Plan has it surrender value which can be known from servicing branch. Its is approx 30% of Sum Assured in regular plan and up-to 90% in single premium plan.

If we calculate in both condition then we can make comparison itself and understand which is better. For Example you have S.A.=2,00,000/-; Tenure - 16 Years; Premium - Rs.13000 (Approx); Premium Paid up-to full 8 years.

Surrender Value : Rs.2,00,000 X 30% = Rs.60,000/-  (Immediate Payment)

Paid-Up Value : Rs.2,00,000 X 8/16 = Rs.1,00,000/- + Vested Bonus  (Payment after death or maturity)

You can decide which is better. On Surrender you will get immediate payment while on letting Paid-Up of Policy you will get after death or maturity which ever is earlier)

Change Of Nomination in LIC Policy

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    The Insurance Act allows the holder of a life insurance policy to nominate, on his own, a person or persons to whom the money shall be paid in the event of his death while effecting the policy or any time before it matures.
    
    A policy holder can do nomination at the time of proposal by given the details of nominee in the proposal form. If nomination can not be done at the time of proposal, it can be done later also. If nomination is done later, it has to be effected by giving notice in a prescribed form of LIC and it has to be done on the back of the policy document. A nomination is not required to be stamped.
    
    Remember Cancellation or Change in Nomination in insurance policies now comes at a cost as regulator IRDA has allowed life insurance company to charge upto Rs.100/- for offline issued policies and Rs.50/- Online (Electronic form) issued policies.

PROCESS OF CHANGE THE NOMINATION IN LIC POLICY :-  A Policy holder can change his nomination during the policy term and it can be changed any number of times. To change the nomination in LIC Policy, the policyholder has to give a notice to LIC of India in a  Form 3750 and nomination has to be endorsed. Further, the policyholder can change nominee without prior inform them. Nomination can be done or changed number of times by paying nominal fee to the insurer.
To process of change of nomination following documents require :- 

  • Relation Proof of Life Assured and the person being nominated
  • Form No. 3750 *
  • Original Policy Bond.
* If you have Joint Life Policy use Form No.3237.
* If you have Minor Nominee use Form No. 3265.

How To Make Claim in Insurance ?

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What is Claim in Insurance?
Let’s talk about claim. Claim is the demand that the insurer (i.e. LIC of India) should redeem the promise made in the contract. Then the insurer settle the claim after satisfying himself that all the conditions and requirements for settlement of claim have been complied with.
Types of claims:-
An insured person can make claim according to condition complied to contract between Insurer & Policyholder. Claim can be made against Maturity; Death or by Surrendering a policy.
In Money Back Policy, LIC or other Insurance company also pays Survival Benefit Payment before the date of maturity.
How to Make Claims and what are the documents required for?
(A)Maturity Claims:-
When Life Insurance Policy is maturing, the insurance company will usually send intimation prior to due date at least two to three months in advance of the date of maturity with maturity amount payable details.
Policy holder should contact his servicing branch to know about claim procedures & sets of documents required. The Insurance Company asks for following documents:
(          1)Maturity Claim Form No. 3825
(          2)Original Policy Bond
(          3)Discharge Voucher with witness sign
(          4)NEFT Details with cancelled Cheques
(B)Death Claims :-
When a person with life insurance policy dies, claim intimation should be sent to the insurance company as early as possible. The Assignee or the Nominee under the policy can do this with the help of his agent or relative.
The claim intimation should contain information like Date, Place and Cause of Death. The Insurance Agent should help the Insured Person Family or Assignee to deal with the Insurance Company. The Insurance company will respond and ask for the following document :
(       1)Maturity Claim Form No. 3825
(       2)Certificate of Death
(       3)Original Policy Bond
(       4)Discharge Voucher with witness signature
(       5)NEFT Details with cancelled Cheques
*If the policy has been assigned in favour of any other person or entity like any Loan provider company – the claim amount will be paid to the assignee who will give discharge.

(C) Surrender of Policy : - Please visit post How to Surrender LIC Policy?


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