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Inheritance Tax Manual

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Life Policies: types of policy: endowment policy or endowment assurance

An endowment policy, or an endowment assurance, is one in which benefits are payable

  • on a specified date if the life assured (IHTM20081) is still alive, as with a pure endowment (IHTM20103), or
  • on the death of the life assured before that date, as with a term assurance (IHTM20102).

Under an endowment assurance benefits will be payable either on the life assured’s survival to a specified date or on their earlier death.