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Cash Value

The amount of cash that becomes available to an insured person upon the cancellation of his/her insurance policy. Most often, this applies to the savings portion of a canceled whole life policy. This value is considered an asset and can be borrowed against or used as collateral. It may also be called a cash surrender value or a surrender value.
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Cash value.

Cash value is the amount that an account is worth at any given time.

For example, the cash value of your 401(k) or IRA is what the account is worth at the end of a period, such as the end of a business day, or at the end of the plan year, often December 31.

The cash value of an insurance policy is the amount the insurer will pay you, based on your policy's cash reserve, if you cancel your policy. The cash value is the difference between the amount you paid in premiums and the actual cost of insurance plus other expenses.

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While term insurance can provide a lot of protection for a lesser cost, it builds no cash values and has no permanent values.
All other things remaining the same, as the number of payments decreases the annual premium, and consequently, the rate of growth of policy cash values, becomes correspondingly larger.
The executive, or his/her trust, owns the cash values from day one."
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To identify plan abuses, the IRS is looking at the use of "springing cash values," which occurs when a plan makes large initial payments on its insurance contracts, then the plan is terminated and the contracts transferred to plan participants.
Based on this narrow view it's no wonder so many CPAs fall into the trap of agreeing to allow unneeded policies to lapse or be surrendered for just their cash values. This is especially true if the coverage is no longer necessary and the premiums have become burdensome.