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Is income protection tax deductible?

Did you know your income-protection premiums may be tax deductible?

Here’s how to work out what you can claim.

  • Generally, costs you incur directly related to your ability to earn an income may be tax deductible. This may include some of the premiums under income protection policies, depending on the type of benefits covered.
  • Income protection insurance is primarily designed for those with a quantifiable, regular income or who work at least 20 hours a week.
  • Unless you’ve got sufficient savings to survive for months, or possibly years, without an income after suffering an illness or injury, it’s sensible to insure your income, just as you would your house or car.

Is income protection insurance tax-deductible?

Generally, costs you incur directly related to your ability to produce income may be tax deductible. This could include some of the premiums you pay for income protection insurance, depending on the type of benefits covered under the policy.

According to the Australian Taxation Office, you can’t claim a tax deduction for a premium or any part of a premium if the insurance policy:

  • compensates you for such things as physical injury, for example life insurance, critical illness or trauma insurance
  • Is taken out through your superannuation and premiums are deducted from your super contributions.

While some of the premiums may be tax deductible, you should also be aware that any claim you are paid may be treated as taxable income. Taxation law is complex and the ability to claim tax deductions for premiums may depend on the type of policy and benefit covers you have. So we recommend you seek tax advice that is specific to your personal circumstances from a tax adviser or registered tax agent.

Why should I get income protection?

If you’re of working age you almost certainly have a range of outgoings – mortgage or rent payments, grocery and utility bills, school fees and/or car costs – that will continue even if your income ceases.

How many hours per week do I need to work to qualify for income protection insurance?

Income protection insurance is primarily designed for those with a regular income or who work at least 20 hours a week. Contractors and the self-employed are usually eligible, but special conditions may apply to them.

The following occupations/workers are not generally covered under income protection policies:

  • unpaid carers
  • part-time employees working fewer than 20 hours a week
  • Casual workers.

Also, check if your policy has any special requirements or conditions around paid or unpaid maternity leave as this may affect your eligibility for cover or the payments you may receive if you claim.

My income protection policy is ‘bundled’ with my life, trauma or total and permanent disability insurance: can I deduct the whole premium?

A deduction may only be available for the portion that pays for income protection.

So, if you’re paying an annual premium of $4000, half of which is for income protection insurance and half of which is for trauma insurance, you can only claim for half (i.e. $2000) of the premium..

This information was published on 9 October 2018 and is subject to change.

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Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522 AFSL 234527 is an authorised deposit taking institution (Bank) under the Banking Act 1959 (Cth). The issuers of these products are not Banks. Although ANZ distributes these products, these products are not a deposit or other liability of ANZ or its related group companies. None of them stands behind or guarantees the issuers or the products. 

ANZ Income Protection covers two separate financial products – Income Cover is issued by OnePath Life Limited (OnePath Life) (ABN 33 009 657 176, AFSL 238 341) and Involuntary Unemployment and Family Care Cover are issued by OnePath General Insurance Pty Limited (ABN 56 072 892 365, AFSL 288 160) (OnePath General). We recommend that you read the ANZ Financial Services Guide (PDF 479kB) and ANZ Income Protection Product Disclosure Statement and Policy Document (PDF 272kB) (available online or by calling 13 16 14) before deciding whether to continue to hold this product. This PDS relates to policies issued from 1 June 2019. Previous products (with the same name) may have different features and benefits. If you hold insurance based on an earlier PDS, please contact us if you have any questions or to have a PDS sent to you.

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Taxation law is complex and this information has been prepared as a guide only and does not represent tax advice. Please see your tax adviser for independent taxation advice.