Under term plan, itís ideal to declare change in smoking status
ó Ankur Panda
Premiums paid towards a life insurance policy are exempt from tax under Section 80 C and maturity proceeds are exempt from tax under Section 10 (10D), subject to conditions. In case of life insurance policies issued on or after April 1, 2012, exemption under Section 10 (10D) will be available only if the premium payable in any of the years is not more than 10% of the sum insured.
I had taken a term policy online two years ago where I mentioned myself as a non-smoker. Now, I have started smoking. Do I need to disclose it to my insurance company?
Refer to the terms and conditions of your specific policy as it may contain guidelines in this regard. In a regular term plan, the insurer usually factors in all possible risks while calculating the premium, at the time of policy issuance. In such cases, it may not be required to declare that you have started smoking, unless otherwise specified. However, if you have availed a special non-smoker rate, you may have signed a declaration on your non-intention to smoke even in the future. In such cases, you must go back and declare the change in your smoking status. On disclosure, your insurance company may decide to charge you smoker rates during renewal.
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