Tax benefit is the only common ground of the term insurance and life insurance plan. Under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act of India, you can reduce your total premium amount from your taxable income for up to ₹ 1.5 lakh. Furthermore, Section 10D makes death and maturity benefits free from tax liabilities.
What Are the Differences Between Term and Life Insurance Plan?
What Is Term Insurance?
What Is Life Insurance?
Life insurance is also a contract between the policy provider and owner. In this agreement, the insurance company becomes obliged to pay a certain sum assured after the policyholder’s untimely demise or after a predetermined maturity period, whichever comes earlier.
So, in this policy, you get to enjoy the maturity benefit as well as the life cover or death benefit. It helps you ensure financial security for your family and build a corpus at the same time.
What Are the Differences Between Life Insurance and Term Insurance Plan?
The following is the table delineating the underlying differences between term insurance and life insurance plans:
Parameters of Differences
Term Insurance Plan
Life Insurance Plan
Death and Maturity Benefits
With a term insurance plan, one can only secure their family’s financial security in case of their untimely demise. It comes with only death benefits.
The life insurance plan lets individuals get dual protection, i.e., both death and maturity benefits. Nevertheless, maturity benefits in this insurance plan are usually much lower than death benefits.
Term insurance plans come at a fixed tenure like 5, 15, 30, or 35 years.
Life insurance plans come with extended tenure. In fact, the whole life insurance plans generally let policyholders stay covered till their age becomes 100 years.
Term insurance plans come at a lower premium. Therefore, individuals can easily afford them despite their lower monthly income.
Life insurance premiums are higher since this plan offers both death and maturity benefits.
When individuals stop renewing the term insurance plan, this plan lapses, and their coverage ends. In such a scenario, they will not get any return in terms of surrender value.
If individuals continue their policies for up to a certain number of years and then stop renewing them, their insurance providers will consider those policies as paid-up. Under this circumstance, their plans will continue, but the sum insured will decrease largely. Alternatively, policyholders can also close their policies on their own accord and get a surrender value.
Term plans return only the sum assured amount after the policy owner’s demise, and there are no provisions for additional bonuses.
Life insurance plans may come with various bonuses in addition to the post-maturity endowment. These can include child plan, money-back plan, guaranteed addition, loyalty addition, etc.
FAQs about Term and Life Insurance Plans
Here are the steps you need to follow to claim the death benefits of a term or life insurance plan:
Step 1: Contact the concerned insurance provider to inform them about policy owner’s death
Step 2: Fill in the intimation form and submit it
Step 3: Attach all the necessary documents
The insurance company will give you the policy benefit after validating your claim.
Following are some of the basic documents that you will need to provide while placing a claim for the death benefit:
- Original policy document
- Beneficiary’s ID proof
- Death Certificate
- Age proof of insured person
- Cremation certificate if applicable
- Medical certificate and documents
- Hospital records
- Post-mortem report and FIR (for unnatural death)
Yes, the eligibility criteria for life insurance and the term insurance plans are almost the same. However, it may vary across the insurance companies. Following are some of the basic requirements you need to meet to be eligible:
- Age: 18-65 years
- Citizenship: Indian
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