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Tax efficient life cover for directors and employees

23 March 2021
Mark Friend
Reducing Tax, Payroll, People

Being protected in the event of the unexpected is something all company directors should prepare for. We have all heard of tragic stories of individuals unexpectedly losing their lives, and whilst it is rare it does happen and for many this can leave a huge financial hole for their loved ones.

For many years we have been highlighting to clients the advantages of death in services benefits. So what actually is a ‘Death in Service’ policy?

Many people confuse death in service benefit with life insurance. They are however very different.

In essence, death in service is an occupational benefit provided by the employer. The employer pays regular contributions to the scheme on behalf of its directors or employees and if they die while on the payroll a nominated beneficiary will receive a lump sum, either a fixed amount or based on a multiple of the employee’s earnings to help them financially.

In contrast, life insurance is a separate policy that you arrange yourself and is designed to pay out a cash sum of your choosing if you die during the length of the policy.

The advantage of a death in service policy is three fold:

  1. The premiums are tax deductible for the employer.
  2. The premiums are not deemed a benefit in kind for tax purposes so there is no tax liability for the employee.
  3. Any pay-out is tax free for the beneficiaries.

So if you are a company director with a young family or have dependents it is a benefit definitely worth considering. You can take the benefit irrespective of the salary you pay yourself. Although there is no legal requirement for employers to provide a death in service benefit it can be an attractive benefit to your employees and is a great way to show your employees that you care about them and their families.

If you want to find out more about death in service benefit we would recommend you speak to your financial advisor or if you are a client of Friend & Grant contact your client manager and we will introduce you to one of our approved financial advisors.

The content in this blog is correct as at 23/03/2021. See terms and conditions.

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