Tax Treatment of Life Insurance Proceeds
One of the important considerations in many financial transactions is the tax treatment the transaction is given. Often, the impact of taxation is a consideration in the purchase of life insurance every bit as much as it applies to stock purchases, bond purchases and the establishment of qualified retirement plans.

In this course we will look at the tax treatment given proceeds from life insurance policies and will consider the taxation of death benefits, cash value withdrawals, loans and surrenders. In addition, we will examine the differences in tax treatment caused by a life insurance policy’s:
  • Failure to meet the statutory definition of life insurance;
  • Being deemed a modified endowment contract;
  • Transfer of ownership to another person for a valuable consideration;
  • Sale in a viatical or life settlement transaction;
  • Ownership by an employer; and
  • Use in a qualified retirement plan.

Course Publication Date: February 15, 2024

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active self study membership or all access membership or can be purchased for $30.00!

Author:Paul Winn
Course No:TAX-LIFEINS-3104
Recommended CPE:3.00
Delivery Method:QAS Self Study
Level of Knowledge:Overview
Advanced Preparation:None
Recommended Field of Study:Taxes
Learning Objectives
  • Compare the customary income tax treatment given to life insurance policy death benefits with the income tax treatment given to such benefits under a life insurance policy transferred for a valuable consideration.
  • Calculate the taxable portion of life insurance death benefits under a policy included in a qualified plan.
  • Identify the tax treatment of death benefits received as periodic payments under a supplementary contract.
  • Define the terms “terminally-ill” and “chronically-ill” as used in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • Identify the income tax treatment of accelerated death benefits and viatical settlements.
  • Recognize the customary income tax treatment given to life insurance policy withdrawals, loans and surrender proceeds.
  • Identify the changes to the tax treatment of life insurance policy living proceeds resulting from the policy being deemed a modified endowment contract.
  • Identify the types of life insurance exchanges that are tax-free under IRC §1035.
  • Recognize the income tax treatment of life settlements.

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