The common presumption of taxpayers is that amount received from life insurance policies on maturity are tax-free. However, this is actually subject to certain conditions and also some exceptions. Section 10(10)D of the Income Tax Act, 1961 As per Section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 the amount received from life insurance policies (including bonus) is exempt from tax, except following receipts:
(a) Any sum received under sub-section (3) of section 80DD; or
(b) Any sum received under a Keyman insurance policy; or
(c) Any sum received in respect of policies issued
(d) Any sum received in respect of policies issued on the life of *specified persons on or after 01-04-2013, if the premium payable in any year exceeds 15% of the actual sum assured.
For this purpose, specified persons mean any person who is-
(i) A person with a disability or severe disability specified under section 80U; or
(ii) Suffering from disease or ailment as specified in the rule made under section 80DDB.
The following point should be noted in this regard:
1. The exemption is available only in respect of the amount received from a life insurance policy.
2. Exemption under section 10(10D)? is unconditionally available in respect of sum received for a policy which is issued on or before March 31, 2003.
3. Amount received in case of death of the person, where his nominees receive the policy proceeds the same shall be tax-free in the hands of the nominee(s) even if the premium paid in any year crossed the prescribed percentage (10%, 15% or 20%) of sum assured.