With many Americans reviewing their financial situation after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is important that any life insurance needs are also reviewed at this time. The reality is that many people do not think about life insurance as a financial asset and don’t review their life insurance needs frequently enough. Individual life insurance policies consist of over $12 trillion in the United States. But many Americans are not well informed about their life insurance needs, policy specifics, or planning options. As your finances change, as your family grows, or when laws change, it is important to review your existing life insurance and to see if you have a heightened need for any more insurance.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made significant changes that impact the use of life insurance as an estate protection vehicle and modified the tax ramifications of selling a life insurance policy on the secondary market as part of a life settlement. From a fundamental life insurance planning standpoint, these changes reduced the need for some individuals to have life insurance to protect an estate from federal estate taxes and improved the tax situation surrounding the sale of a life insurance policy.