Usually, tax benefits on life insurance premiums are available under section 80C of the Income Tax Act. However, the annual Limit of tax benefit u/s 80C currently is Rs 1.5 lakh. Apart from the life insurance premium, the section contains many other investments/expenses that contains payment of tuition fee for education of up to two children, repayment of home loan principal, contribution to PF (employee’s contribution), ULIP, PPF, and Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana Account, investments in ELSS, NSC, FD for five years or more, etc.
Due to the presence of so many components, the annual 80C Limit of Rs 1.5 lakh gets exhausted quickly, and taxpayers couldn’t get benefits on many other tax-saving investments.
However, due to restrictions in movement amid the Covid-19 pandemic this year (FY 2020-21), the government has declared the LTC Scheme in place of the Leave Travel Concession that allows the salaried beneficiaries to claim tax benefits on expenses made between October 12, 2020, to March 31, 2021, on purchase of good and availing services that attract GST rate of 12 percent or more instead of travel expenses.
Benefit on Life Insurance
Among the services, life insurance is also included in the LTC Scheme. However, if the benefit is already claimed on premium payment u/s 80C, it can’t be claimed under the LTC Scheme. So, in case your 80C Limit is exhausted, you may still claim benefits under the LTC Scheme. Otherwise, you have to choose whether to claim the benefit u/s 80C or under the LTC Scheme.
Conditions for Claiming Benefit
Moreover, the benefit under the LTC Scheme will be allowed on premium paid for new policies issued between October 12, 2020, to March 31, 2021 only and not on renewal premium. So, to avail of the benefit, you have to purchase a new life insurance policy – be it a term plan or a ULIP or an annuity, or an endowment plan.