A pension plan is a smart retirement planning tool that enables you to maintain your standard of living post retirement. By investing in a retirement pension plan, the policyholder is entitled to receive monthly payouts in the form of a pension after his/her premium payment term is over.
The different types of pension plans are:
1. Deferred Annuity
2. Immediate Annuity
As your date of retirement is approaching, you need to arrange for guaranteed regular income for the rest of your life. Invest one lump sum amount in buying an annuity plan and start receiving regular income for the rest of your life. A Single Premium plan that gives you a guaranteed income throughout your retired life. On the death of the annuitant, the entire Purchase Price will be paid to the nominee or legal heirs as a death benefit.
A typical pension plan, also known as a retirement pension plan, has two phases – accumulation and annuity. During the accumulation phase of the pension plan, you pay the premiums for the plan’s tenure. During the annuity phase, your investment fetches returns and you start getting a pension.
Traditional Plans in India
In today’s day and age, maintaining financial stability has become quite difficult for most individuals. Understanding the requirement of financial stability in an individual’s life, the insurance companies have come up with guaranteed income plans. The guaranteed income plans are specifically designed to cater to the requirements of the risk-averse investors and offer them the benefit of life insurance along with maturity benefits and regular guaranteed payouts. The guaranteed income plan offers financial security by providing regular income at a pre-defined percentage (selected by insured and insurer) of Sum Assured. The USP of the plan is that one can receive the income yearly, half-yearly, quarterly, or monthly. This innovative insurance product is a traditional plan that comes with a bonus facility, where the insurance holders are not required to worry about the ups and downs of the market; rather they get to enjoy the maximized returns.
Guaranteed Income Plans are designed for salaried people who fall in the age bracket of 18-60 years and policy term for them extends from 10 years to 30 years.
• It is a variant of a life insurance plan that offers regular income for a specified term varying from 10-30 years.
• Offers vested reversionary bonus along with terminal bonus, if any, at the time of maturity.
• Provides death benefits as well as maturity benefits.
• Provides the benefit of tax exemption.
• Policy term varies from 10-30 years.
Benefits of Guaranteed Income Plans
At the time of maturity, the life insured receives the simple reversionary bonus along with a terminal bonus, if any. In case, the payout period is approximately 15 years, then the insured is paid the regular amount which is pre-defined percentage of the sum assured.
In case of unfortunate event of death of the insured during premium paying term, the nominee of the policy receives the basic sum assured amount along with the reversionary bonuses and terminal bonus if any. And, the payouts are carried for the next 15 years or as mentioned in the policy. In case of demise of the insured after premium paying term or during the payout period, the nominee receives the sum assured amount along with the other benefits.
Income Tax Benefits
Tax deduction under Section 80(C) is available every year and tax exemption under Section 10(10D) is available on the maturity proceeds, subjected to the terms and conditions.