Long Term Care Insurance is a product many Americans have in place to safeguard current or future retirement income and assets from the high costs of extended Long Term Health Care. These policies are also tax deductible.
The policies have attractive tax treatment under IRC 7702(b). Premiums can be tax deductible if you have enough medical related deductions, you are self-employed or own a LLC, S-Corporation or C-Corporation. C-Corporations can deduct 100% of the premium. Otherwise the IRS publishes a chart each year which indicates the amount deductible based on age.
The IRS has increased these amounts for 2017.
“The tax-deductibility of premiums when you purchase traditional Long Term Care insurance provides a real incentive for consumers, especially after retirement,” explains Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI).
“The special tax advantages are not available when individuals purchase linked-benefit products such as life insurance or annuity policies that can provide a future Long Term Care benefit,” Slome said.
These “hybrid” plans generally offer single premiums with some type of death benefit. The benefits are generally tax-free but premiums are generally not deductible. There are some exceptions and you should consult a Long Term Care Insurance specialist for details on those exceptions.
With increased longevity and advances in medical science more people will require help with everyday activities. These “ADL’s – Activities of Daily Living” are things we take for granted like bathing, eating and dressing. People require extended care due to accidents, illnesses or the impact of aging. Health insurance or Medicare will only pay for a small portion of skilled care and they pay nothing toward the most common “custodial” care (help with ADL’s or supervision due to memory issues like Alzheimer’s or dementia). LTC insurance will pay for these costs.
“Many of my clients are able to deduct their premiums. Plus some of my clients own businesses, the self-employed, have additional tax benefits be it a sole proprietor, LLTC, S-Corp, or C-Corp,” said Matt McCann a nationally known expert on LTC planning.
“Only traditional Long Term Care insurance policies have the benefit of potentially being tax-deductible to an individual. After retirement when income typically declines, tax deductions can take on a significant added value to take advantage of,” said Slome.
Proceeds from LTC insurance are always tax-free.
Starting in 2017, all individuals may deduct qualified medical expenses that exceed 10 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) for the year. For 2016, individuals age 65 and older the threshold remains at 7.5 percent of AGI.
Premiums paid for traditional LTC insurance are included in the term ‘medical care’ when itemizing on a personal return. You should seek tax advise if you are self-employed or own a corporation as deductions are more favorable.
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