Course Information

Course No:  9511422

Course Name:  Tax Treatment of Life Insurance Proceeds

Field of Study:    Tax Law Topic

Course Description:  

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.

Learning objectives: After completing this section, you should be able to:

  • 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; and
  • 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; and
  • Recognize the income tax treatment of life settlements.

Course Material: Online Material

Program level: Overview

Prerequisites: None

Advance preparation: None

Type of delivery method: QAS Self-study

Recommended CPE credits:   3.0

Final examination expiration date:   The program participant will have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course and final examination.