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What can life insurance do for you?

Monday 13 September 2021 | Reading Time: 5 minutes

If you want to protect the people you love, life insurance should be an important part of your financial planning. It can provide a meaningful amount of money to your family, give you a way to leave a legacy, and much more.

What are some uses for life insurance?

The main benefit of a life insurance policy is to provide a death benefit to beneficiaries should you pass on. There may be a variety of advantages to the life insurance policy you choose. Here are some features you may be overlooking.

Living benefits

Some products include accelerated death benefits, which allow you to accelerate a portion of the death benefit while living, if you should be diagnosed with a qualifying illness. These benefits are subject to eligibility requirements. The funds can be used toward medical bills or any use of your choosing.

Check out this video to learn more about living benefits and how they helped one policy owner when he experienced an unexpected illness:

Coverage for final expenses

The national median cost for a funeral could end up costing thousands of dollars. One of the biggest costs for your family when you die is your funeral. You may leave behind end-of-life expenses such as medical bills, which will fall on the shoulders of your loved ones. Life insurance can help prevent that kind of financial and emotional strain on your family by covering the cost of your burial and other expenses.

Retirement savings

Whether you started retirement planning too late, or you worry you simply won't have enough retirement income to meet your needs in your later years, life insurance can help supplement your retirement income with policies that feature cash value growth potential. You can access cash value through policy loans or withdrawals and the money could be used for a generally tax-free income stream.

Learn more about this hidden benefits by checking out the video below:

Funds for your child’s college

Did you know that life insurance can be a great college funding solution? With permanent life insurance, you can protect your family and build college savings at the same time. With permanent life insurance, you have the opportunity to grow cash value by taking advantage of indices that are linked to the stock market when the market is high subject to a cap, while protecting yourself from loss when the market is low with a 0% floor. You can then use the cash value that you may accumulate over time to help pay college tuition costs, whether it’s an in-state or out-of-state college.

Business planning

Are you aware of the role life insurance can play in business planning? Whether you’re an entrepreneur thinking about how to protect your share of the business or are looking for ways to reward your top performers, life insurance could be a solution.

Talk to an agent to help

If you want to get up to speed on all the options available in your life insurance, consider making an appointment with an agent to discuss your policy today.


The primary purpose of life insurance is to provide a death benefit to beneficiaries. Because of the uncertainty surrounding all funding options except savings, it is critical to make personal savings the cornerstone of your college funding program. However, even a well-conceived savings plan can be vulnerable. Should you die prematurely, your savings plan could come to an abrupt end. To protect against this unexpected event, life insurance may be the only vehicle that can help assure the completion of a funding plan. In addition to the financial protection aspect of insurance, the tax-deferred buildup of cash values can be part of your college savings plan. Generally, if the policy is not a Modified Endowment Contract then tax-free withdrawals can be made up to the contract's cost basis. Moreover, if the policy is not a Modified Endowment Contract, then loans in excess of the cost basis are also tax free as long as the policy remains in force.

The death benefit will be reduced by the amount of the death benefit accelerated. Since benefits are paid prior to death, a discount will be applied to the death benefit accelerated. As a result, the actual amount received will be less than the amount of the death benefit accelerated. An administrative fee is required at time of election.

Policy loans from life insurance policies generally are not subject to income tax, provided the contract is not a Modified Endowment Contract (MEC), as defined by Section 7702A of the Internal Revenue Code. A policy loan or withdrawal from a life insurance policy that is a MEC is taxable upon receipt to the extent cash value of the contract exceeds premium paid. Distributions from MECs are subject to federal income tax to the extent of the gain in the policy and taxable distributions are subject to a 10% additional tax prior to age 59½, with certain exceptions. Policy loans and withdrawals will reduce cash value and death benefit. Policy loans are subject to interest charges. Consult with and rely on your tax advisor or attorney on your specific situation.

Income and growth on accumulated cash values is generally taxable only upon withdrawal. Adverse tax consequences may result if withdrawals exceed premiums paid into the policy. Withdrawals or surrenders made during a Surrender Charge period will be subject to surrender charges and may reduce the ultimate death benefit and cash value. Surrender charges vary by product, issue age, sex, underwriting class, and policy year.

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