Is life insurance tax deductible in Canada?

By Insuranceopedia Staff | Last updated: June 13, 2023

Generally, life, health and disability insurance premiums aren’t tax-deductible for individuals or businesses in Canada. When it comes to Canada’s Income Tax Act (ITA), premium deductibility is a complicated maze of specific rules for specific situations. You are generally best to assume the answer is no until you find out whether your particular scenario fits one of the exceptions.

For example, both individual & business life insurance used as collateral for a loan may be the exception. If a business pays the premiums for their employee’s life insurance, the premiums may be deductible if they are deemed a reasonable business expense.

To complicate things even further, life insurance used for charitable giving where the charity owns the policy is not deductible but may qualify for a tax credit. But if you own the policy and the charity is the beneficiary, your estate gets tax credits. In contrast, for businesses who use life insurance for charitable giving, premiums may be deductible if the charity owns the policy.

Again, this is a very complicated question as each situation may have a different answer. For that reason, the best solution we will give you is always to talk to a tax professional about your circumstances.

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