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WHAT IS LIFE INSURANCE?
At its core, life insurance is about helping to protect your family and loved ones. In the event of a premature death, your life insurance policy can help secure a stable financial future for your family. The life insurance benefit, known as the death benefit, is paid to your family, often in a lump-sum payment. Sure, life insurance is a little unsettling to think about, but it actually may help bring peace of mind knowing your family will receive financial assistance whether you are there or not.
LIFE INSURANCE FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED
Why should you think about life insurance? It’s one way to rest easy knowing the people in your life will receive financial assistance to help in the event of your passing. Life insurance is particularly important in the prime adult years of your life, because these years are often the most expensive for the people you love. Life insurance can provide them with the financial means to help with costs like cars, mortgages, college, everyday living and even funeral expenses.
HOW MUCH DOES LIFE INSURANCE COST?
Your life insurance policy premium will vary depending on several factors, which include:
- Your age
- Whether or not you use tobacco
- The presence of additional insured individuals on your plan
- The length of term coverage
The premium also fluctuates based on the policy amount you purchase. Policy coverage levels are usually between $25,000 and $250,000.
When comparing different life insurance policies, consider how much your family will need to maintain their current lifestyle and accomplish their future financial goals. Will your children have money to pay for their college education? Will your spouse be able to continue covering your mortgage?
It’s important to factor in your debt and business assets as well. If you’re a small business owner, focus your search on life insurance policies that can cover business-related expenses, including everyday operating costs.
HOW DOES LIFE INSURANCE AFFECT LOVED ONES?
Let’s talk hypothetically. If you were to pass away, how would your family fare? They likely would not be able to rely on your income as an independent contractor or self-employed worker, and they may even owe money on any personal loans you took out. In this hypothetical situation, let’s assume you purchased life insurance. Phew — your family can feel comforted knowing they have the financial support to help with their finances.
If you are a small business owner, life insurance becomes even more critical. Your family may have to take over the business or coordinate with business partners about how it is run. The death benefit can serve as a financial cushion as your family navigates its new reality. If your family cannot run your business, the death benefit can buy some time for your family to make decisions about selling your business or finding another solution.
Then, as a small business owner, there are the questions of loans, real estate, or debt connected to your business. Sometimes, small business owners use personal assets as collateral for their loans, which means that these assets are at risk if your family can’t pay off your loans. It can be difficult to imagine, but these problems happen to many families who opt not to take out life insurance. As family members grieve the loss of a spouse, parent, sibling, or child, they are often forced to make tough decisions while in a stressful state, because they’re not financially equipped to keep everything operating in your absence.
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WHAT TYPE OF LIFE INSURANCE POLICY DO I NEED?
You have a couple options when it comes to selecting your life insurance policy. Read on as we break them down for you.
First, let’s consider what you should look for in a life insurance policy. One of the first questions you’re likely to ask yourself is, “how much can I expect to pay for coverage?”
A term life insurance policy covers you for a set amount of time — a “term.” You can renew the policy when it ends, or transfer to permanent policy coverage.
Term policies have lower premiums than permanent policies for the same coverage in the initial years. Individuals who are in good health often prefer this plan because it is designed to protect beneficiaries in case of a premature death, not necessarily to pay family members once children are all grown up and on their own. It can also be a great for adults in their mid-life who want limited protection for the next decade. Term life insurance benefits can be used to make up for the lost income during your working years. The death benefit is typically paid in a single lump-sum amount.
Due to lower premiums, term life policies help you protect your family for the same coverage, but at less cost, than permanent policy premiums. You can feel secure knowing that your family will be ok if you were to pass away, but also minimize your expenses right now. Term life insurance policies are simple to understand and easy to start.
Permanent life insurance, also known as whole life insurance, can last for your entire life, as long as you continue paying your premium. Premiums are substantially higher than term policy premiums for the same coverage in the initial years because of the extended coverage.
Some independent contractors and small business owners choose a permanent policy because some of the money paid into the policy can go into a cash value account. With some policy options, you can surrender your policy for cash, but it forfeits your coverage and death benefit.
CAN I DEDUCT LIFE INSURANCE PREMIUMS IF I AM SELF-EMPLOYED?
The simple answer is usually no. If the policy benefits you, you can never write off the cost of the premium. Those who are self-employed can write off the life insurance plans for employees but not if you benefit from the policy. It’s best to talk with a licensed tax advisor to better understand what to do and what not to do while managing taxes with your life insurance policy.