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Five reasons you should buy a Term Insurance Plan now

One of the harsh realities of life is its unpredictable nature. No matter how well we plan to live the life of our dreams, an untoward incident like a sudden illness, accident, disability or even death can not only affect us personally, but also our family.

The sudden loss of the breadwinner’s family cannot just have an emotional impact, but also a financial one that would become difficult for the family members to cope with. At such times, buying a term insurance plan can be a savior. It provides quick financial protection to your family.

What is term insurance?

A term insurance plan offers financial coverage to the policyholder for a specific tenure within which if he dies, the nominee becomes eligible to receive the sum assured. However, if the policyholder outlives the term, then the premium paid till date is not paid back. Under this type of life insurance plan, the premium is less whereas the sum assured offered is pretty high. For instance, a term insurance policy of one crore rupees for a 25-year-old, non-smoking male will cost a premium of just Rs 8,364 per year.

Why should you buy

Provides financial security: A term plan is not an investment plan. It is an insurance plan that helps you build a strong financial cover for your family even after your death. In case of any unfortunate event – your death or disability, the family member – the nominee you name, receives a lump-sum amount that can be used to take care of their daily expenses and pay off your loans, if any.

Depending on the growing needs of the family, you can revise the coverage amount. For instance, if you marry at the age of 30 and plan for a child at the age of 34, then depending on your life’s phase and your growing responsibilities, you can choose to increase the coverage amount.

Low premium rates: In comparison to other types of life plans, term insurance plan is affordable. For instance, for a 30-year-old, one crore rupees term insurance plan for 30 years would cost a premium of Rs 10,000 per year. Also, the premium for this type of plan stays the same throughout the tenure of the plan, irrespective of your age.

Highly flexible: Term insurance plan can be purchased both online or offline depending on your preference. You don’t need to undergo a health-check for coverage amount that is less than 50 lakh and can also customize the plan as per your growing needs. Going ahead, you can also change your nominee any time.

Low claim rejection: This type of life insurance has a low claim rejection ratio, which means that chances of claim rejection are very less unless you haven’t disclosed any serious facts related to your health conditions and lifestyle habits.

Riders: A term plan can be purchased with various riders including waiver of premium, permanent disability, critical illness rider, accidental death benefit rider, and others. This can help you provide enhanced protection to your family.

Tax benefits: This type of plan offers a tax-free death benefit to the nominee of the policyholder. Under the Income Tax Act, 1961, a policyholder too can get tax deductions up to Rs 1,50,000 under section 80C of the act, whereas, the beneficiary can avail exemption under Section 10 (10) D for receiving any amount as part of the sum assured.

Conclusion

Based on the above reasons, it is clear as to why you should buy a term insurance plan. However, you must buy the plan at a young age as the premium cost will be less premium and also provide protection to your family for a longer-term. Never miss out on paying the premium on time and always disclose all the facts – by doing so, your beneficiary will get the benefit of a swift claim settlement process.

(Viral Bhatt is Founder of Money Mantra – a personal solutions firm)

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Published on: Sunday, May 15, 2022, 07:00 AM IST

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