Term Life Insurance is a form of life insurance that provides coverage to a policyholder at a specified rate of payment and for a specified period of time. In the event that the insured remains alive after this specified period, the named beneficiaries are not paid, the coverage at the former rates of premium will no longer be certain and the policyholder will be forced to either give up the insurance or possibly get additional coverage with altered costs or conditions.

Under this form of life insurance, death benefits will only be paid to the beneficiary if the policyholder dies during the specified period. It is the cheapest way to buy a significant death benefit on a coverage amount for every premium dollar basis over a fixed period of time.

Term life assurance is distinctive from permanent life insurance policies such as whole life, universal life and variable universal life, which promises coverage at specified premiums for the lifetime of the policyholder unless the insured individual delays payment of premiums.

Usage

Term life insurance provides coverage to beneficiaries in the case of the insured’s death. The money often covers dependent care, funeral arrangements, mortgages or the dependent’s education. This type of coverage is often chosen over permanent life insurance because it is more affordable irrespective of the policyholder’s age or lifestyle.

Annual Renewable Term

This is one of the simplest types of term life insurance and the fixed period is one year. The premium rate is set on the likelihood of the policyholder dying during that one year. The insurer will pay the dependents of the insured a death benefit if the death occurs within that year. If, however, the policyholder dies one day after the end of the one-year mark, no benefits are paid to the dependents. Generally, the purchase of this type of coverage is rare because the likelihood of the subject dying in the next year is very low.

Annual renewable term (ART) is often purchased because, despite its premiums being higher than the premiums paid for a single year’s coverage, the chances of the death benefits being paid out by the insurer are much higher. With this type of term assurance, one can pay premiums for one year, but the contract will still be implemented after the one-year mark for a specified number of years. The years may vary from 10 to 30 years or, per chance, until 95 years of age. The downside is that as the insured grows older, the premiums also increase until the rates of the insurance contract ultimately exceed the cost of a permanent policy.

Level Term Life Insurance

With this type of insurance, one pays a fixed amount of premium yearly for the duration of the contract, usually 10, 15, 20 or 30 years. This insurance is more commonly sought after than annual renewable terms. Most programs have renewable choices that permit the policyholder to renew the contract for a maximum certain rate in case the insured duration needs to be extended. The renewal may or may not be definite. The insured person should review the policy in order to ascertain whether or not the insurer requires the policyholder to prove that he is insurable before the contract can be renewed.

Most of these policies come with the option to change the policy to universal life or whole life policies, which can be very useful in case the insured gets an illness that that hinders them from qualifying for a new term policy. This right may only extend to a fixed number of years or a specified age.

Return Premium Term Life Insurance

This is a type of term insurance cover that provides a return of some of the premiums paid during the contract term in the event that the policyholder does not die within the specified period. The insurer mostly earns money by using the premiums as credit. This explains why the premiums for this plan are much higher.

Payout Likelihood And Cost Difference

The cost of insurance for both term and permanent insurance are calculated using mortality tables. The result is a death benefit, which is nontaxable. Term insurance premium costs are significantly lower than permanent life premium costs because term insurances often expire without paying out while permanent insurance must pay out in the end. When permanent life insurance contracts do not have in-built cash values, the policyholder might have the choice of paying an extra premium early into the policy to create a delayed cash value. This is usually compensated without taxes. To learn more, please contact a Twin Cities tax advisor from Assured Retirement Group.

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