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Impact of GST on Insurance

How the goods and services tax that was recently rolled out by the Government of India will impact the premium cost of availing a life insurance policy and how much more or less you would need to spend.
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Come July 1, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would come into effect, which is slated to affect the prices of almost all consumer products and services currently offered. Claimed to be the biggest indirect tax reform since the Indian independence, experts are of the view that the GST is likely to have a positive impact on the Indian economy, with its power to reform the taxation apparatus in the country.

The services sector currently makes up for 60% of the GDP. Considering that, the GST is likely to have a deep impact on this sector. The life insurance industry forms a part of the service sector, which, as a result, will also be greatly affected by the upcoming GST. Let's take a look how the GST is likely to affect the insurance sector.

GST Impact on Insurance Premium

Life insurance is an industry which definitely has vast potential in India due to the financial cushion that it provides to individuals for taking care of their requirements at different stages of life. However, life insurance currently sees very low penetration in India, considering which, it could really benefit with a boost to not only create awareness but also increase its reach and coverage.

At present, life insurance services are taxed between the range of 1.5% to 15%. The rate of service tax applicable is decided depending on the type of policy, and is a burden which falls directly on the consumer purchasing the policy. The Revenue Neutral Rate (RNR) report released by the Chief Economic in December 2015 on GST laws proposed a standard GST rate of 18% for insurance services. On the condition that this proposition is approved and implemented by the GST Council, the rate of tax for the insurance sector is set to rise from 15% to nearly 18%.

Considering that the burden of indirect taxes is passed on to the end consumer, the increased 18% tax rate under GST is only likely to make life insurance all the more inaccessible to a larger number of consumers, which in return, will further lower the penetration level of insurance in the country.

In comparison to other countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Africa and many more where life insurance is a benefit provided by the government as part of social security, levying of taxes on insurance services is only going to deter more people from considering taking life cover for themselves and their loved ones.

Going by the assumption that on an average, a family spends about Rs.30,000 per year on life insurance premiums, excluding service tax. Keeping this figure in mind and given that the GST will hike the tax rate by 3%, the same family will not have to shell out Rs.900 more towards their insurance cover. However, with GST, the cost of insurance coverage for other policies like auto insurance and health insurance policies is also going up, the final brunt will be felt by the customer in the form of increased tax.

Following are the different types of life and health insurance policies which will be affected with the implementation of the new GST rate.

Type of Policy Current Rate New GST Rate
Term Insurance 15% 18%
ULIPs 15% 18%
Motor Insurance 15% 18%
Endowment Policies (1st year) 3.75% 4.50%
Endowment Policies 2nd year onwards 1.88% 2.25%
Health Insurance 15% 18%

The life insurance sector holds great importance not just in India but every developing country, providing its citizens a chance at accessing life insurance cover. At this point, one can only be hopeful about the Government addressing the concerns being voiced by experts in the industry.

GST of 18% is applicable on life insurance effective from the 1st of July, 2017

Impact of GST on Insurance Reviews

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  • Kotak Life Life Insurance
    "Excellent"
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    I am a employee of Kotak Life and have taken one policy for saving also company has provided me a policy. It is a long term policies. The tenure period is 15 years. I pay the premium of 18K yearly through online or sometimes cash. The online app is good and the transactions are done immediately.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • Birla Sun Life Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have applied my life insurance with birla life, there agent was good, they have explained me clearly about the policy benefit, and there coverage, and the premium amount they have charged me was nominal, it was on yearly basis , and i use to pay premium through on line.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • HDFC Life Life Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have been holding my life insurance with HDFC LIFE from long time, and I itself have applied for this insurance is i have knowledge regarding this,and there premium amount they have given me was nominal ,i use to pay up to 3500 as an premium on yearly basis,and there is no hidden charged , and i pay premium through on line.
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    , jaipur
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • ICICI Prudential Life Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have been holding my life insurance with ICICI prudential ,i took this insurance long bank , and i was agent and previously i was Ex -employee for them ,so i have knowledge about the insurance which insurance will be best ,and i pay premium on yearly basis, i use to pay through on line mode.
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    , jaipur
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good "
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    I have one LIC policy and its a term plan which was taken in the year of 2000 through an agent. I am happy with the service and the benefits are good. Am paying the premium of 25K per year through online. The sum assured value is 5L and I need to pay the premium till 2020.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Not satisfied"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I am having LIC policies and am using the service for more than 10 years. I only visit the branch and never contact the customer care center. I think its a money back policy and need to pay only once. I have paid the premium of 45K for 3 years through cheque. The benefits are below average.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My life is insured with LIC from last 12 years and it is a money back policy. I get money back after every 5 years in this policy. I pay my premium once in 6 months and i am convenient with the payment options. Tenure period for this policy is after 30 years.
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    , surat
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Best policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have a life insurance policy with LIC from last 15 years and it is a long term policy. My premium amount is auto debited from the salary account for this policy. I am happy with the returns and benefits of this policy. This policy will get matured at 2028.
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    , pune
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have a life insurance policy with LIC from last 8 years and it is a money back policy. I get money back after every 5 years and this policy is for 20 years. I pay my premium on annual basis through online and i get good returns after maturity period.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I have taken Jeevan bheema from Lic as its been Government institution , so the assurance is there regarding the policy benefits , I used to get income tax benefits I make the payments through auto debit option overall am pretty much satisfied with the service and response. .
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I took this Life insurance Money back policy from Lic insurance company mainly because of the good returns, its long tenure period of 20 years , the payment can be done through only payments Quarterly . The best about the policy is claim rate is high compared to other policy available in the market. There customer service and customer response is good .
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I took life insurance jeevan saral policy from life corporation of India . I already paid for few years . As the policy coverage of good sum assures amount , which was my first policy at my initial stage . It has good benefits like accidental coverage and critical illness coverage . The tenure period is 25 years . Overall am satisfied with my policy
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I took this life insurance jeevan anand policy from Lic insurance company mainly because of the good returns. The tenure period is 20 where i already made the payment for first 2 yeairs . Am doing my payment yearly through online banking this policy covers accidental benefits and critical illness .
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have been using my life insurance with Life insurance corporation of India, there service is good, the agent had explain me about the policy coverage,and about plan benefits clearly, and the premium amount they have charged me on yearly basis, and they have charged me up to 3000 it is nominal , and premium amount i use to pay through on line.
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019
  • Birla Sun Life Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have been using my life insurance with Aditya birla , there service is they provide me was excellent, till now i have not face any issue in that, there premium amount they have charged me in monthly basis,they have charged me up to 6200, and it is nominal to me , the agent had explain me about the policy coverage and plan benefit properly,i use to pay on on line mode. overall service is good.
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have purchased my money back policy long bank and twice i have received the cash in my account without giving any request and I'm quite happy about the received sum assured amount. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 600 every month. I make the premium through online.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Bought my life insurance policy from LIC. I have chosen the plan called Jeevan Anand. This is the tax benefits policy. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 1000 every month with the tenure period of 2.5 lakhs. This is a 15 years tenure period policy.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have bought the life insurance policy in the year of 2011. My agent has suggested me about this policy. I have been paying the premium amount of Rs.10300 through ECS. I have chosen the mode of annually. Overall, I'm satisfied with the LIC policy.
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    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Purchased my money back from LIC. I have selected the LIC company for my policy its because of the better option. They are providing various payment mode facilities. I'm satisfied with the sum assured amount and LIC customer care service is really fine.
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    , indore
    Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019
  • Kotak Life Life Insurance
    "Good Insurance Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have purchased a accidental covered policy from Kotak Mahindra bank. Kotak gives more online services and the app is really good. I have got this policy 5 months back. I made a premium amount of Rs. 1200 and this policy covers only for me. I have not claimed anything in this policy so far.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019
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