Tax Treatment of Life Insurance Proceeds

2 Credits: Taxes


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Tax Treatment of Life Insurance Proceeds

Course Level
CPE Credits

2 Credits: Taxes

Course Description

Understanding the tax implications of life insurance proceeds can be complex and challenging, posing a problem for professionals in tax, accounting, and finance. The intricate rules and exceptions in the Internal Revenue Code, such as §7702 and the modified endowment contract (MEC) rules, often agitate this complexity. This course offers a solution by providing a comprehensive guide to the tax treatment of both death and living proceeds from life insurance contracts. Paul Winn delves into critical topics like the statutory definition of life insurance, the taxation of policy loans and withdrawals, and the tax consequences of non-compliance. By the end of the course, participants will be well-equipped to navigate these complex tax scenarios, ensuring accurate and efficient handling of life insurance-related tax matters.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Compare the customary income tax treatment given to life insurance policy death benefits with the income tax treatment given to such benefits under a life insurance policy transferred for a valuable consideration;
  • Calculate the taxable portion of life insurance death benefits under a policy included in a qualified plan;
  • Identify the tax treatment of death benefits received as periodic payments under a supplementary contract;
  • Define the terms ‘terminally-ill’ and ‘chronically-ill’ as used in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; and
  • Identify the income tax treatment of accelerated death benefits and viatical settlements.

Chapter 2

  • Recognize the customary income tax treatment given to life insurance policy withdrawals, loans, and surrender proceeds;
  • Identify the changes to the tax treatment of life insurance policy living proceeds resulting from the policy being deemed a modified endowment contract;
  • Identify the types of life insurance exchanges that are tax-free under IRC §1035; and
  • Recognize the income tax treatment of life settlements.
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Course Specifics

Course ID
Revision Date
February 8, 2024

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


Number of Pages

Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220
IRS Provider Number: 0MYXB
IRS Course Number: 0MYXB-T-02446-24-S
IRS Federal Tax Law Credits: 2
CTEC Provider Number: 2017
CTEC Course Number: 2071-CE-0908
CTEC Federal Tax Law Credits: 2

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CTEC Notice: California Tax Education Council DOES NOT allow partial credit, course must be taken in entirety. Western CPE has been approved by the California Tax Education Council to offer continuing education courses that count as credit towards the annual “continuing education” requirement imposed by the State of California for CTEC Registered Tax Preparers. A listing of additional requirements to register as a tax preparer may be obtained by contacting CTEC at P.O. Box 2890, Sacramento, CA, 95812-2890, by phone toll-free at (877) 850-2832, or on the Internet at

Meet The Experts

Paul J. Winn

Paul J. Winn CLU ChFC is a writer with more than 30 years experience in the life insurance and securities industry as an agent/registered representative, an agency head, a marketing vice president for a life insurance company and the president of a corporate registered investment adviser. He was a long serving member of the advisory board to the New York State insurance department. He is a published book author and creator of more than 200 taxation, insurance and securities training courses.