Author: Ben Walker
Pay your Life Insurance premiums from Super - and get double tax benefits.
How does this strategy work?
Life Insurance is money your family will receive in the event of you kicking the bucket.
Interestingly the premiums you pay for Life Insurance are not tax deductible, unless they’re paid from your superannuation.
Let’s say the premiums for your Life Insurance are $5,000 per year.
Option 1 (Without Tax Planning): Pay the $5,000 Life Insurance premium outside of super.
No tax deduction applies. Sad Face.
Option 2 (With Tax Planning): Pay the $5,000 Life Insurance premium from your super fund.
First of all we need money into your super fund to pay the premium.
Business contributes $5,000 into Super.
This alone saves $2,350 tax, when compared to paying 47% tax in your own name.
Super fund pays 15% tax on $5,000 in super = $750 due.
Super fund pays $5,000 Life Insurance premium.
Super fund get 15% tax deduction for premium expense = $750 refund.
By paying your Life Insurance Premium from super, you’d save $2,350 in tax on the super contribution IN (when compared to paying tax in your own name) AND you’d receive a tax deduction for the $5,000 premium paid.
What do you need to implement this strategy?
A Super Fund - industry fund or Self Managed Super Fund.