As we know, various benefits are attached to the life insurance policy, and tax benefit is one such key benefit. The tax benefit is available in terms of income tax deduction and income tax exemption. Provisions of section 80C offer the income tax deduction, whereas, provisions of section 10(10D) provides the income tax exemption.

Under the current article, we would evaluate the income tax exemption available under provisions of section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act.

Life Insurance Policy

Analyzing the exemption provisions of section 10(10D)

Provisions of section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act exempts any amount received under a life insurance policy. Such amount also includes the sum allocated in the form of bonus on such policy.

The following can be concluded by summing up the provisions of section 10(10D)

1. Exemption under section 10(10D) is available on any amount received under a life insurance policy. Such amount includes death benefits, maturity benefits and, accrued bonus.

2. The exemption is available on all the forms of life insurance policy claims.

3. The entire amount received under a life insurance policy is exempt under section 10(10D). Meaning thereby that there is no upper limit applicable to the claim against the life insurance policy.

4. There are certain exceptional cases, wherein, the exemption is not available under section 10(10D) [the same are listed below].

Exclusions under section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act

Exemption under section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act is not available under the following circumstances-

1. Any sum received under section 80DD(3) of the Income Tax Act. Any sum received under section 80DDA(3) of the Income Tax Act.

2. Any amount received under the Keyman Insurance Policy.

Please note ‘Keyman Insurance Policy’ means the life insurance policy taken by a person-

  • On the life of another person who is (or was) the employee of the first mentioned person; or
  • On the life of another person who is (or was) connected, in any manner, with the business of the first mentioned person.

3. Any sum received under an insurance policy, if the following criteria are satisfied-

Sr. No. Criteria of the period of issue of insurance policy Criteria of premium
1 The insurance policy issued on or after 1st April 2003 but on or before 31st March 2012 The premium payable, exceeds 20% of the actual capital sum assured, for any of the years (during the term of the policy).
2 The insurance policy issued on or after 1st April 2012 The premium payable, exceeds 10% of the actual capital sum assured, for any of the years (during the term of the policy).

Further, it is also relevant to note here that in sr. no. 2 above (under criteria of premium) the premium payable, for any of the years, exceeds 15% (instead of 10%) of the actual capital sum assured would be applicable in case the following points are satisfied-

1. The insurance policy issued on or after 1st April 2013; and

2. The insurance policy is in respect of the life insurance of-

  • The person with a disability or the person with severe disability (as referred under section 80U); or
  • The person suffering from disease or ailment as referred in rules made under section 80DDB.

It is important to note here that exemption under section 10(10D) is available against any amount received on the death of a person (even if the criteria mentioned, in the table above, at sr. no. 1 or sr. no. 2 is satisfied).

Table – Articles on Section 10 Exemptions

Sr. No. Particulars
1 Section 10(1)– Exemption to Agricultural Income
2 Section 10(2) Exemption to amount received by co-parcener from HUF
3 Section 10(2A) Exemption towards share of income from firm/LLP
4 Exemptions towards interest to non-residents | Section 10(4) & 10(4B)
5 Exemption on Tax paid by Govt or Indian concern on certain income of a foreign company
6 Section 10(7) Perquisites/allowances exemption to Govt employees serving outside India
7 Exemption- Section 10(8A) & section 10(8B) of Income Tax Act
8 Exemption towards commuted value of pension Section 10(10A)
9 Exemption towards retrenchment compensation received by workman Section 10(10B)
10 Section 10(10BC) Exemption towards compensation received on account of any disaster
11 Section 10(10C) Exemption of amount received on voluntary retirement
12 Exemption towards tax paid by employer on non-monetary perquisites: Section 10(10CC)
13 Section 10(10D) Exemption towards amount received under a Life Insurance Policy
14 Exemption for amount received from Statutory & Recognized PF
15 Exemption for payment from approved superannuation fund Section 10(13)
16 Income Tax Exemption on prescribed allowances/ benefits | Section 10(14)
17 Section 10(15) Exemption- Interest on Bonds, Debentures, Securities
18 Scholarship exemption | Section 10(16) | Income Tax Act 1961
19 Exemption towards income for administration of Charitable or Religious Institution
20 Section 10(32) Exemption | Income of minor clubbed with parent
21 Exemption for dividend income received from Indian Company | Section 10(34)
22 Section 10(34A) Exemption towards income received by a shareholder on buy back of shares
23 Section 10(35) Exemption towards income received from units
24 Section 10(37) Exemption towards Capital Gain arising on Compulsory Acquisition of Urban Agricultural Land

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  1. kasim srinivas says:

    HI exemption under 10(10D) rule applicable as per the insurance contract date or at the time of maturity ? in other words,if there is any future changes in 10(10d) will effect my future maturities irrespective of insurance contract date ? please clarify

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