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Why You Should Plan Your Life Insurance and Taxes Saving in April and Not In March

Why You Should Plan Your Life Insurance and Taxes Saving in April and Not In March

Life Insurance and Taxes Saving

The importance of financial planning cannot be overstated enough. Financial planning involves taking decisions on the investments to be made throughout the year which can help you best meet your financial goals, both in the short-term and long-term.

An important component of financial planning is tax-planning. This usually involves making investments that align with your current financial goals and future financial needs as well as help minimize your tax outgo.

As you would have heard from many a tax expert, it is best to start financial planning as early as possible. It is important that you start your tax-planning in April 2o20, at the beginning of the financial year, as opposed to March of 2021, when the deadline for submitting details of your tax-saving investments, looms. There are several ways you can start planning your finances in advance, and several things you should keep in mind to ensure the best returns.

Read on to learn more about how you can achieve effective financial planning while also garnering tax benefits by putting the process in motion from April onwards.

  • Helps You Make the Right Investment Decisions: While making tax-saving investments is key before the March deadline, you shouldn’t pool your savings into an investment avenue solely for the benefit of tax-savings. You must be able to derive value other than tax benefits from your investment. Planning early gives you the opportunity to sit down and take some time out to evaluate your financial goals and needs and plan your investments accordingly. Planning early helps you determine the investment that is most in line with your financial requirements and those of your loved ones. Planning your tax-saving investments a year in advance can help you derive the two-pronged benefits of tax-savings as well as high returns on your investments.
  • Start Early to Ensure Higher Returns: Returns on your investments are partially dependent on the amount of time the investment is made for. If you make the investment right before the deadline of March 31st comes up, you are actually losing out on a substantial amount of money. The magic of compounding, i.e. the practice of reinvesting one’s returns, only works if you invest well in advance. So, instead, make your investment in April, at the beginning of the financial year, to ensure that you are able to capitalize on the returns you can earn on these investments. For instance, if you invest in a ULIP in April or even at intervals throughout the year, it will remain invested in the market for a lengthier amount of time, compounding will work its magic and you are ensured higher returns.
  • Ensure Financial Protection for your Family:A crucial component, perhaps the most crucial component of financial planning is protecting the needs of your loved ones. While maximizing your current take-home pay is essential, financially protecting your the future of your family is equally essential. Luckily, you can do both with the help of life insurance. Life insurance provides deductions of up to Rs. 1.5 lakhs on the premiums paid towards your insurance policy, while also financially protecting your family against any unfortunate circumstances. To derive the most benefits, you should opt for the life insurance policy that offers the most comprehensive coverage, while also providing a significant amount of tax benefits. When you decide to buy insurance in March, it does not leave you with much time to evaluate your life insurance options and you may end up picking the first option at your disposal. Compromising on insurance coverage in lieu of tax benefits is a grave error. Alternatively, if you start the planning process early on, you can evaluate and compare all your options and pick the insurance cover that offers the most benefits.
  • You Can Use Bonus or Salary Hikes Effectively: Many companies issue salary hikes and appraisals around April. As a result, employees can enjoy increased cash flow in that month. Use these resources judiciously and make investments that will ensure your wealth grows substantially. You can use the bonus amount to start a long-term tax-saving investment that will ensure high returns.

Conclusion: Tax-planning is something that has an impact throughout your life and not just in the immediate months of March and April. It is important to spend enough time evaluating your options before making any final investment decisions. Starting early is, thus, crucial.

An effective way of saving tax as well as ensuring financial protection for your family is opting for the iSelect Star Term Plan, from Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce. With the iSelect Star term Plan, you can derive the maximum amount of benefits for you and your family. While deductions on premiums are available under Section 80C, the payouts received under the policy are also tax exempted under Section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act. On the policy end, you can avail of a high sum assured at discounted rates and customize the policy, in terms of premium payments and type of coverage, as per your needs and goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Related to Life Insurance Policies

The premium is one of the most important factors to consider before buying a life insurance policy. Many people buy a life insurance policy with a high sum assured but are unable to process the premiums for the entire premium payment tenure. You can get a better idea of the premium outgo with the premium calculator available in the 'Tools and Calculator' section of www.canarahsbclife.com.

Life insurance plans come with several riders which increase the efficiency of the policy for the buyer. For instance, if you have a history of terminal illness in your family it would be advisable to opt for terminal illness rider with your term insurance plan. Riders or add-ons help in customising the standard policy benefits for the requirement of different families. The iSelect term insurance plan comes with a built-in cover for terminal illness, and option for protection against accidental death or disability. You can also opt to cover your spouse's life under the same policy by paying an additional premium.

Life insurance companies calculate the premiums based on several factors such as age, gender and occupation.

Age: It is one of the biggest factors that influence life insurance premiums. Premiums tend to be low when the life insured is younger as the chance of contracting diseases is low. Young people also opt for the best life insurance policies with longer tenures and pay premiums for a longer duration, which makes the policy cheaper for young people.

Gender: The insurance premium for women is generally lower when it comes to life insurance plans. Women live longer and pose a lesser risk of a claim leading to lower premiums for them.

Lifestyle habits: The premiums for people who smoke or drink is always higher due to higher health risks.

Policy term: Policy terms are also taken into consideration by insurers while deciding the premium amount. Life insurance policies with longer tenure are cheaper as compared to short-duration policies.

Mode of purchase: The platform that you use to buy the best life insurance policy also determines how much you will have to pay for the plan. People who buy life insurance policies online have to pay lower premiums as compared to offline policies.

Occupation: The nature of your work is an important factor that influences the premium amount. Certain occupations like shipping and mining are considered more dangerous as compared to jobs in services industries. The insurance premium rises with the risk profile.

Processing life insurance claim is a transparent and smooth process with Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance.

In case of the death of the life insured, the nominee will have to intimate the company by filling a Death Claim Form and sending it to the nearest branch office.

Once the form is received, the claim is registered by the insurer.

After the registration of the claim, the company will send the claims pack along with the related forms such as physician’s statement form and employer certificate that need to be filled.

Along with the duly filled forms a few documents such as original [policy document, death certificate, copy of bank passbook, hospital or treatment records, photo identification and address proof have to be provided.

The claim is processed on the submission of relevant documents. Once the documents are verified, the claim amount is released post all due diligence.

Household expenses rise with age. The cost of children's education increases along with other lifestyle expenses. The iSelect term plan offers an option to increase the cover according to the life stage. If opted, the insurance cover increases by 25% at every 5-year terminal till the 20th policy year.

Even though a life insurance policy is bought to protect your family in your absence, there are chances of the claim being rejected due to several factors.

False information: If the policyholder provides false information or conceals important information while buying the life insurance policy, the insurer has the right to reject the claim after his/her death.

Type of death: Deaths due to suicide in first policy year, intoxication or pre-existing disease is not covered under life insurance plan.

Premium payment: The payment of premiums on time is of utmost important to avail the benefits of life insurance. Life insurance policy may lapse on the failure to pay the premiums

Nominee details: A life insurance company can put the claim on hold if the nominee details have not been filled or not been updated by the policyholder.

Suicide: If the life insured commits suicide within 12 months of buying the life insurance policy, the insurance companies generally pay 80% of the total premiums paid.

Buying the best life insurance plan online is not only safe but a better option. Online life insurance policies have lower premiums and the individual is not required to visit the insurer's branch or a bank. The best life insurance policies online insurance offer higher benefits. Customers should, however, buy online life insurance policies only from credible insurers and should check for SSL certificate on the website to ensure that the website is legitimate.

The cost of life insurance policies varies depending on factors like age, gender and occupation. The average cost of life insurance plans, especially term plans, is very low compared to the amount of coverage offered.

An individual is allowed to have multiple life insurance policies. People opt for more than one life insurance policy to increase the cover or avoid claim rejection. In case of multiple life insurance policies, even if the claim is rejected by one insurer, the beneficiaries may receive the benefit from a different insurer.

Life insurance policies are of different types. In case of unit-linked or endowment policies the policyholder receives the maturity benefit at the end of the policy term. However, in the case of term insurance plans, there are no maturity benefits. The death benefit is only paid out after the death of the life insured.

When you buy a life insurance policy, the insurance company asks for the nominee details. Only the person named as the nominee in the life insurance plan can cash out in case of death of life insured.

A life insurance policy is generally taken for a specified period. After the policy duration of a term plan gets over, the policy simply terminates and ceases to exist. However, in case of unit-linked plans or endowment, you can use the policy as a tool for retirement planning and the accumulated corpus is used by the insurer to pay you monthly amounts for your entire life.

If a policyholder purchases a term plan for 25 years and dies during the policy term, the beneficiary receives the death benefit. In case of iSelect term plan, the policy provides four payment options to the beneficiaries. If the regular payment option is chosen, the policy works as a source of regular income.

It is a popular misconception that life insurance plans are only for accidental deaths. A term life insurance plan like iSelect Star Term Plan also covers terminal disease along with death. A terminal illness cover is important as health insurance pays only for the cost of treatment and hospitalization, but a terminal illness cover pays you a lump-sum amount which takes care of other expenses. On the other hand, unit-linked policies such as Invest 4G cover death and also provide decent returns for other financial goals such as buying a house of child's education.

It is ideal to buy a life insurance plan in your early 20s because it is the time when people have just started with their professional life and so there are lesser responsibilities and financial liabilities to take care of. Also, if you buy the best life insurance plan at this age, you will be paying relatively lower insurance premiums since it’s a due fact that mortality rate in case of young people is low. And that is why life insurance companies offer lesser premium rates to younger people as they think that they are most likely to be fit and healthier with less chances of filing a claim in future.

Once you have cancelled your life insurance policy, you will instantly lose your life insurance cover. Afterwards, your insurance company will get in touch with you and ask for valid reasons regarding the cancellation of your policy. In case you cancel your life insurance policy within the grace period, i.e. 15 to 30 days, depending on your insurer, then insurance company will reimburse the premium amount paid by you. But, no refunds will be paid to you if the policy is cancelled after the grace period.

Yes, you can take life insurance under Married Women’s Property (MWP) Act, 1984 only if you are a married man and a resident of India. Buying a life insurance plan under MWP Act would be helpful in saving your family’s financial well-being when you are not around. As per this policy, only wife and children would be eligible to receive the death benefits. You can also buy a policy if you are a widower or a divorcee. However, in that case, you can give your child’s name as your beneficiary. It is very simple to buy a life plan under MWP Act. All you need to do is to fill up an MWP addendum while purchasing an insurance policy.

Yes, there are different payment options for you to pay premiums. Here’re some of them

    1. Regular premium payment option – This premium payment option allows you to pay premiums equal to your policy term either monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annually.

    2. Single payment option – Through this premium payment option, you can pay the lump-sum amount in one single payment.

    3. Limited payment option -In this premium payment option, you can pay premiums for a specific period of time less than policy term either monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annually, but benefits of insurance can be enjoyed for a longer period of time.

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