Immediate and Deferred Care Plans
Taxation of Benefit Payments
Taxation of income payments
Any income paid from our care plans to a registered care provider in respect of care for the annuitant can be made tax-free. Payments to Local Authorities also qualify for relief. To qualify, the care provider must be registered with one of the following:
- Care Quality Commission in England
- Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales (CSIW) in Wales
- Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care in Scotland
- Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority in Northern Ireland
Where any income is paid directly to the annuitant, a non-registered care provider or a third party, the income will be subject to tax in line with treatment for Purchased Life Annuities.
In this case, we may be required to deduct an element of tax at source, but the annuitant will be responsible for ensuring that they are ultimately paying the correct amount of tax.
Under current tax rules, in order to determine the tax to be deducted at source, we will establish the capital / interest content of each income payment and a form (PLA6) will need to be completed, if not the whole amount will be subjected to tax. This will be done in line with the underwriting and mortality assessments on the outset. We will then deduct basic rate tax at the savings rate (currently 20%) from the interest portion of each payment.
If an annuitant forwards a completed R85 to us, we'll be able to make payments gross of tax.
Taxation of death benefits
Under current legislation, any lump-sum death benefit payable from a care plan can be paid without the deduction of tax.
However, it may be taken into account for inheritance tax purposes, even where it has been assigned to a trust.