Life Insurance for Company Directors | Spectrum Financial Advice

Protecting your business & family against the impact of a company director’s unexpected death.

As a business owner, there are a number of tax-efficient life insurance policies available to you. Policies can be paid for through the business, rather than you having to pay for them personally, providing significant savings and financial benefits for both employer and the employee. These policies are offered by various insurers, and choosing the best one will depend on your circumstances, what you are looking to achieve, and who you wish to protect. Many people decide to go with HMRC-approved policies, which can be claimed as a tax-deductible business expense, making them even more attractive for businesses.

You are able to protect the shares of the business, the profits of the business or your family and loved ones. Certain policies and premiums can be paid by the business as a tax-deductible business expense. This allows business owners to provide coverage to mitigate the risk of financial troubles following the death of a director.

You also have the option of deciding if you want the cash lump sum payout from the life insurance policy to be paid into the business or outside of the business, to a co-shareholder or your family and loved ones. The unexpected death of a company director could have a range of detrimental effects on a business and family.

For example, shares owned by the deceased individual may be inherited by their next of kin, with little or no interest in, or knowledge of the running of your business. If these shares are sold to competitors, this could result in you having to work with undesired owners. In order to prevent something like this from happening, considering a life insurance policy with a suitable payout can help maintain stability in the company.

Consulting with a knowledgeable adviser about life insurance coverage can help identify the right policy to protect both the business and the family in case of unforeseen events, while considering the salary of the policyholder and possible tax benefits.

Contact Spectrum Financial Advice today for a fee-free, no obligation review to find out how easy it could be to protect and secure your future. Our team will help you find a suitable policy with a competitive premium.

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Please also take a look at our frequently asked questions (FAQs) towards the end of the page.

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In addition, commercial loans (business mortgages, commercial development loans, etc.) are often secured against company directors, managers or other key personnel. Should one of these guarantors unexpectedly die, your company may have difficulties repaying such loans in full.

Life Insurance cover for Limited Company Directors alleviates these risks by providing a cash lump sum upon the insured individual’s death or terminal illness. This lump sum payment can then be used to either pay off commercial debts or allow remaining shareholders to buy the shares owned by the deceased person immediately and without the stress of having to find the necessary financial resources. You also have the option to ensure funds can be paid to your family, so they can continue their lifestyle and standard of living, if you are no longer around.

Either way, Life Insurance for Company Directors could enable remaining partners/shareholders to retain control of the business to ensure it can continue running smoothly or you can ensure your family are protected.

Depending on the circumstances of you and your business, Spectrum Financial Advice will advise on suitable protection plans and will recommend the most appropriate policies for your needs.

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View some of our frequently asked questions that some of our customers have asked.

Can I pay for Life Insurance through my business?

Yes. As a business owner or Director of a limited company you are able to pay for Life Insurance through your business, rather than having to pay for cover from your personal bank account. This offers substantial tax savings for contractors and employees, while providing peace of mind for their families. Policies will also pay out in the event of a terminal illness, where the individual insured has less than 12 months to live.

There are various company Life Insurance options available to you and depending on your individual circumstances, we will be able to explain the most suitable option and put this cover in place for you.

Is Directors' Life Insurance a benefit in kind?

Certain policies, such as Relevant Life Insurance Policy, often known as Life Insurance for Directors, isn’t a P11D benefit in kind for the employee. Therefore, it won’t affect your national insurance contributions or income tax.

The policy will be placed in a suitable trust from the start of the plan and you will be able to name your chosen beneficiaries. The money will then be paid to your chosen beneficiary, as a single lump sum, in the event of your death.

There will also be no impact to your pension lifetime allowance.

Is Directors' Life Cover tax deductible?

If a policy is set up as Relevant Life Cover, the answer is yes. For Directors Life Insurance, your company will pay the monthly premiums, which are usually viewed as reasonable and allowable business expenses. Therefore, they will they qualify for corporation tax relief. It is a tax-efficient way for business owners to arrange their personal life insurance through their own limited company.

As a Relevant Life Insurance Policy is placed in a discretionary trust, the proceeds will be tax free and will not be liable to inheritance tax as it does not form part of the estate.

Relevant Life Plans are not available to sole traders, partners of a Partnership or equity members of a Limited Liability Partnership, however, it is available to their employees.

How much does Director Life Insurance Cost?

Policy premiums for Director’s Life Insurance will depend on the following factors:

  • Age of the person to be insured
  • Medical history and current lifestyle
  • Smoker status
  • The amount of cover you wish to be insured for (sum insured)
  • Term or length of time you wish to be covered
  • Which, if any, optional extras or add-ons are to be included on the life policy, for example, critical illness insurance

Premiums will also vary between different policies and also between the different providers in the market, so it is important to obtain expert advice.

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How can Spectrum FA help with Director’s Life Insurance?

Spectrum FA have assisted many directors with their Life Insurance over the years as this is an area we specialise in.

We provide expert regulated advice and will tailor the cover to match the circumstances of you and your business. We do not charge you a fee for our advice or service and you will speak directly to an expert who will guide you through the process and handle all the paperwork on your behalf.

To find out more about the options available to you, or to arrange your free no-obligation review, please use our online contact form or email: or call us on 01279 315 013.


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