Deduction of life insurance premiums

If you’re required to purchase life insurance as part of a package when borrowing money for business purposes, you can deduct the cost of the premiums, provided certain criteria are met. To claim a deduction, the policy must be assigned to the lender as security for the loan, and the lender must require this assignment. In addition, the lender’s principal business must be the lending of money, and the interest payable on the loan must be deductible for income tax purposes (or would be deductible, except in the case of special overriding rules).

The amount that can be claimed is restricted to the premium paid or the net cost of pure insurance, whichever is less.