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RLPs now Used By Companies to Provide Peace of Mind to Employees

RLPs now Used By Companies to Provide Peace of Mind to Employees


A question was asked in the October 2015 AFS exam as regards how a company can put a life cover in place for the benefit of the family of its employee.

In a situation where the company is too small and the benefit is not provided in form of a group life scheme, setting up a life cover in this case is referred to as a Relevant Life Plan, also called relevant life cover. This is something that is often mentioned by people, even in the real world, not just in the CII world.

What does Relevant Life Plan mean?

A Relevant Life Plan is mainly used for a term assurance cover that provides benefits to the family or loved ones of employees that die in service in a tax efficient way. For a business to use this plan, there must be an employee-employer relationship; therefore, sole traders, partners or limited liability partnerships are not meant to benefit from this plan.

An RLP is a personal policy in which the employee is referred to as the life insured while the employer is known as the policyholder. Just like in tradition death in service policies, the sum insured on behalf of the employee is the multiple of salary, with some providers offering as much as 25 times the salary for younger employees with the money decreasing as they grow older. To ensure that the payment of the money is made quickly to the right person without any need for probate while IHT is also avoided, the policy is written under a discretionary trust. If the employee dies while still in service, the money is paid quickly to the trustees, who are then saddled with the task of paying to the previously named beneficiaries.

Employer will be the one to pay premiums and this offers the benefits of it being treated as part of the expenses of the business by HMRC.

The pension lifetime allowance of the employee is unaffected by the benefit payments and there is no need for premium to be paid by the employee on a benefit in kind.

RLPs – a Good Way out for High Earners and Small Business; RLPs can be rightly seen as a good solution for high earners that feel the pension lifetime allowance would not be enough and a small business looking for a way to offer life cover to their directors and employees without being forced to make large payment needed to run a group life scheme.

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