Tax concessions for life insurance sector likely in Budget
Besides, the tax authorities are examining whether service tax may be assessed on realisation basis as against the current practice of levying duty on the premium on accrual basis.
Presently, service tax is paid on dues or receipt of amount, whichever is earlier. However, some of amounts due are never received; similarly amounts received in advance with proposal are not converted into policy.
Industry has demanded that service tax liability should be on the basis of receipt of amount and subsequent conversion as premium.
Sources said the Income Tax Department is considering creating a separate exemption limit for some insurance pension products over and above the existing limit.
Currently under the Income Tax Act, Rs 1,00,000 income tax deduction is allowed on the premium paid along with other approved investments.
Industry is expecting that Finance Minister P Chidambaram may make an announcement in this regard which will benefit the consumers as well as the life insurance industry.
The slew of incentives being considered by the government for boosting life insurance industry include higher incentives for agents selling policies, sources added.
TDS threshold on agents commission should be to raised to Rs 50,000 from the existing Rs 20,000 since most of life insurance agents are now in a low-income bracket, Max Life Insurance Managing Director Rajesh Sud said.
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