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Is My Life Insurance Claim Taxed in South Africa?

Guest post by - OneSpark

Are you looking to protect your family and take out life insurance, but asking yourself, "Is my life insurance claim going to be taxed? If I take out R1 Million cover, will it get reduced by tax before my family is paid?" Well, the short answer is ‘No”, but it’s a vital question to consider, especially when considering future financial planning.

As of this article’s last update in 2023, life insurance claim payouts in South Africa are usually tax-free in the hands of the beneficiaries. You heard it right – tax-free! This tax-free status encompasses claims arising from death (life cover), disability (lump sum benefits or income protection), or severe illnesses. This ensures that the full monetary benefit is paid out, without any unforeseen deductions.

This may sound confusing, but it’s simple. Here’s an example to help you understand exactly what this means: Consider a scenario where your life insurance claim amounts to R1 Million. In a taxed environment, if there were a hypothetical 10% tax on such payouts, your beneficiary would receive R900,000, with R100,000 being deducted as tax. However, with the tax-free status in South Africa, your beneficiaries get the full R1 Million, ensuring no financial loss.

Sound too good to be true? Well wait till we tell you about how you can take this to the next level with the world’s first AI-powered life insurance product, that was designed right here in South Africa by our very own OneSpark.

With OneSpark, you get more than just a tax-free payout. You get a product that doesn’t lock you into a long-term, static, inflexible contract like traditional life insurance does. Rather, you get a dynamic, personalized, and flexible policy that uses AI and smart technology to adjust as your financial needs actually change. For example, as your income or debt goes up, so does your life insurance, and vice versa. This means you only pay for what you need, when you need it, helping you to potentially save thousands on your premiums.  

This new age, efficient, and cost-effective life insurance not only grants peace of mind but also emphasizes the importance of holistic, personalized financial planning, which is what we’re all about here at Tax Tim.

Before we go, remember, tax laws may change if Government decides it needs a refresh. So, always double-check with a financial advisor or the lovely team at OneSpark who can assist and guide you.

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OneSpark is an authorised FSP 50594. Products are underwritten by Guardrisk Life Limited, an authorised financial services provider (FSP No 76) and a licensed life insurer. The content herein should not be regarded as financial advice. Premiums are risk profile dependant and not guaranteed. Comparisons were done against most major online insurers as on 10/01/2023. For more information, please visit Ts&Cs apply.

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