Life insurance isn’t for you — it’s for those you leave behind.
If helping loved ones maintain a standard of living and avoid financial hardships after your passing is a priority for you, life insurance products can help. A general rule is that you may want to seek coverage between five and seven times your gross annual income. As far as the various types of policies go, they can generally be placed into one of two categories: term and permanent.
Term insurance generally provides coverage for a specified period of time and pays out a specified amount of coverage to your beneficiaries only if you die within that time period. A permanent insurance policy, also referred to as “cash value” insurance, on the other hand, will stay permanently in effect for the rest of your life, as long as premiums continue to be paid and the policy has sufficient values to cover the insurance costs.
In addition to assisting your family after you’ve died, life insurance can be used to provide tax-free retirement income. If structured properly, life insurance can also provide significant tax savings or be used as a wealth transfer vehicle. Life insurance can also be utilized to execute charitable-giving strategies.
Income-tax-free distributions are achieved by withdrawing to the cost basis (premiums paid), then using policy loans. Loans and withdrawals may generate an income tax liability, reduce available cash value, and reduce the death benefit, or cause the policy to lapse. This assumes the policy qualifies as life insurance and is not a modified endowment contract.
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