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Tax Treatment of Life Insurance Proceeds


There is no video recording for this CPE course - materials are in a printable document.
CPE Processing Fee$20.00
Webinar TranscriptionN/A
Presentation Length Hour(s)2.0 hours
CPE Credits 2.0 hours
Subject Area 2.0 - Taxes (Federal Tax Update)
CE Credits 2.0 hours
Course Id# - HURS9-U-00188-17-S
Course LevelBasic
Instructional MethodQAS Self-Study
Advance PreparationNone
Recorded DateFebruary 24, 2022
Date OfferedMarch 3, 2022
Expiration DateMarch 3, 2023
Course Description

Tax Treatment of Life Insurance Proceeds discusses the income tax treatment of death benefits and living proceeds from life insurance contracts. It considers the statutory definition of life insurance contained in Internal Revenue Code §7702 and the tax consequences of a life insurance contract’s failure to meet the definition.  It also addresses the general rules governing the taxation of life insurance policy death benefit proceeds and examines the consequences of: a transfer for value; inclusion of a policy in a qualified plan; corporate-owned life insurance; and the payment of death benefits under a settlement option. The course also discusses the tax treatment of proceeds received under viatical settlements and accelerated death benefits.  

In addition, it considers the modified endowment contract (MEC) rules, the tax consequences of a life insurance policy’s MEC status, the tax treatment of policy loans, withdrawals and surrenders and the tax treatment of proceeds received under life settlements.


Self-Study Course Instructions:


Download the course document(s) (below) and follow prompts contained in the document.


Download any course document(s) (below) which may include handouts, glossary, transcripts, etc. Follow any prompts contained in the documents to help you complete the course. Most documents are searchable.

Play the recording, noting the sectional guides indicating where topics on the agenda are covered and the prompts to pause video playback to respond to a review question (located below the video playback area). The timestamps for review questions are also noted below.

Upon completing the video and successfully answering all review questions, you will then take the final exam.

Learning Objectives

  • Calculate the gain to be recognized as a result of various life insurance policy transactions, including – o withdrawals, o loans, o surrenders, and o payment of death benefits;

  • Identify the changes to the customary tax treatment of life insurance policy living proceeds resulting from the policy being deemed a modified endowment contract (MEC);

  • Calculate the reportable gain upon receipt of life insurance policy death benefits when the life insurance policy – o has been transferred for a valuable consideration, or o was included in a qualified plan;

  • Recognize the types of life insurance exchanges that are tax-free under IRC §1035;

  • Define the terms “terminally-ill” and “chronically-ill” as used in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; and

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • CPAacademy self-study courses are online.
  • The self-study format allows you to a) access the material online 24/7 and b) study at your own pace.
  • Per NASBA guidelines, you have one year from date of purchase to complete each program.
  • Complete your final exam at any time and get graded instantly. You can retake the exam at no additional charge (unlimited attempts).
  • Print your own certificate of completion on the spot upon passing the exam.
  • Grading policies: a) courses have a minimum passing score 70% b) test takers will not be provided feedback on failed exams.
  • Upon achieving a passing score, test takers will be notified of the correct answers to the questions missed.

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Paul Winn

Winn Publications
Financial Writer, Editor & Trainer
(757) 253-8075

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Paul J. Winn, CLU, ChFC has over thirty years experience in the life insurance and investment industry. As well as fifteen years as a financial writer, editor, and trainer. Paul has worked for Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, Security Mutual Life Insurance Company, Principal Financial Group, and the Maryland Financial Corporation. Paul is a Published book author, writer & editor of major mutual life insurance company’s agent-training “university”, and the creator of more than 100 training courses in computer-based training, print and scripted classroom formats.

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Training and continuing education courses dealing principally with life insurance, health insurance, annuities and taxation.