Relevant Life Insurance Northern Ireland

Relevant Life insurance Northern Ireland

Can you put life insurance through a limited company?

If you're a limited company director, you will be pleased to hear that rather than funding the costs of a life cover policy from your personal or post-tax income, your company can fund a relevant life policy (RLP), which provides death-in-service benefits similar to those provided by larger employers to their employees.

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What is a relevant life insurance policy?

A Relevant Life Plan offers a cost-effective way for an employer to arrange Life Cover on the life of an employee, with the benefit payable to the employee's family or financial dependants. This should be tax efficient for employers and employees, as long as it meets certain legislative requirements.

What is a relevant life insurance policy?
 

Can you have a joint relevant life plan?

Unlike personal life policies that are joint between two people where the policy pays out on first death and  then terminates, a relevant life policy can only include single life cover,  but you can have multiple life covers with different terms within the plan as long as they are all for the purpose of providing benefits for dependants. You cannot use the same plan for other key person or ownership protection benefits.

Can you have a joint relevant life plan?
 

Who can have a relevant life policy?

Who is allowed to have one? Any employee of a business, including directors. The business can be a limited company, a partnership, a charity or a sole trader. However you cannot get cover for sole traders or equity partners themselves where they are taxed under schedule D.

Who can have a relevant life policy?
 

Can a sole trader have a relevant life policy?

A sole trader in their personal capacity as a business owner is not eligible to take out relevant life cover, as a sole trader is not a legal entity and cannot get a policy through the business. However, a sole trader business owner can apply for a policy on behalf of an employee.

Can a sole trader have a relevant life policy?
 

Is Directors Life Insurance Tax Deductible?

A solution has been developed in recent years that help directors and employees of small businesses benefit from life insurance that is paid for by the company and the premiums are tax-deductible. This type of plan is called relevant life insurance.

To Recap

Is Directors Life Insurance Tax Deductible?
 

Relevant Life Cover (RLC) allows employers to offer a death-in-service benefit to their employees. It’s a tax-efficient life insurance policy, set up by the employer and pays out a tax-free lump sum on the death (or diagnosis of a terminal illness) of the person insured. The proceeds go to the employee's family or financial dependants.

Relevant life cover

If you're a Director who's paying for your life insurance  from your personal income:

you could benefit by having a relevant life insurance plan that's put through the ltd company.

Key features

  1. Counts as a tax-deductible business expense (unlike some group schemes)

  2. The premiums are paid monthly

  3. The pay-out is usually free from inheritance tax

  4. Maximum amount of cover available is normally £10 million

Who can have a relevant life policy?
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Important information

  • Policies must be written into a discretionary trust

  • Most insurers won't pay a claim if the person covered dies as a result of intentionally taking their own life within the first 12 months of the policy starting

  • The person covered must be a UK resident and an employee of a UK business

  • A sole trader in their personal capacity as a business owner is not eligible to take out relevant life cover

 

Setting up cover

Relevant Life Cover is arranged on an individual and life-of-another basis with the employer as the policy holder, and the employee as the person insured. Many employers choose to set the amount of cover as a multiple of their employee's salary.

I suggest a maximum amount of cover based on the employee's age and gross annual earnings.

There is no correct or wrong amount, you simply take out as much as you think the business can afford.

The company insures the employee/s and polices are written into a discretionary trust.