It’s a fact: Any client with a large IRA has a tax problem. If they don’t use it or leverage it, they will likely lose a significant portion to future taxes. A properly designed, Indexed Universal Life Insurance (IUL) policy offers tax advantages no other single product can provide. It would take a combination of investments to equal all the advantages of an IUL.
IRS-approved tax advantages
With an IUL, there are no taxes due during the accumulation phase when the policy’s cash value builds up. When your client retires, they can take tax-free distributions of the cash value. IULs also allow the tax-free exchange of one policy for another without triggering income taxes. And when your client passes on, the tax-free death benefit protects their loved ones against financial uncertainty.
Protection against stock market volatility
An IUL provides market-linked gains without market-based risk because it’s not an investment in the stock market. With an IULs principal-protection guarantee, gains from the previous year are locked in and the principal cash value remains the same. To put it simply, even if the stock market crashes, there are no losses.
Flexibility and control
Unlike an IRA or 401(k), there are no limitations on the amount your clients can contribute annually to their IUL. As a result, the IUL can have a high starting cash-value based on what they contribute to the policy.
Even better, your clients can have access to their cash value at any age, any time, for any reason, without paying taxes or penalties. IULs also allow a tax-free exchange of one policy for another, plus the flexibility to change death benefit amounts, premium amounts and payment frequency.