Individual Protection from AIG

What is relevant life insurance?

​Relevant life insurance is an insurance policy that a business can take out to provide life insurance for an individual employee.

​Relevant life is an alternative way for employers to provide death-in-service benefits for their employees outside of a registered group life scheme.

  • Those who run or work for a business that does not provide a group life insurance scheme (perhaps because it is too small to qualify for one), but would like the business to arrange life insurance as an employee benefit in a tax-efficient manner for themselves or another individual employee;
  • Those who run or work for a business which does provide a group scheme, but would like to arrange additional life insurance that doesn’t count towards any annual or lifetime pension allowances (this may be of particular interest to high-earning employees who may be near their pension limits);
  • Those who otherwise want the business to top up the life insurance benefits employees get from their group scheme: a group scheme usually only covers up to 4 x salary, whereas AIG Relevant Life Insurance can cover up to 35 x salary, depending on age.

​Relevant life insurance is applied for and paid for by the business. It is written into trust so it pays out a lump sum to the employee or their beneficiaries if they die or are diagnosed with a terminal illness while employed during the policy term.

  • It is tax-efficient for the employee as HMRC usually views the premiums as an allowable business expense for the employer and not a benefit-in-kind for the employee. The employee, therefore, does not have to pay income tax or national insurance on the premiums - for a higher or additional rate taxpayer, this can be a significant saving.
  • It is tax efficient for the beneficiaries as any payout will be received free of income tax and, usually, inheritance tax liability because the policy is written into trust. In addition, any payout does not count towards the employee’s lifetime pension allowance as it is a ‘non-registered’ arrangement.
  • It is tax-efficient for the business as the employer can claim tax relief on the premiums as long as the local inspector of taxes is happy that the premiums are ‘wholly and exclusively for the purpose of trade’ as part of the employees remuneration. In addition, the benefits are written into trust on behalf of the employee so they are not viewed or taxed as business assets.

​Relevant Life Insurance cannot be purchased direct from AIG. We recommend you speak to a financial adviser to find out how Relevant Life Insurance is suitable for your company.

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Relevant Life Insurance Key Facts

Relevant Life Insurance Key Facts

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