26 U.S. Code § 2042 - Proceeds of life insurance
To the extent of the amount receivable by the executor as insurance under policies on the life of the decedent.
To the extent of the amount receivable by all other beneficiaries as insurance under policies on the life of the decedent with respect to which the decedent possessed at his death any of the incidents of ownership, exercisable either alone or in conjunction with any other person. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the term “incident of ownership” includes a reversionary interest (whether arising by the express terms of the policy or other instrument or by operation of law) only if the value of such reversionary interest exceeded 5 percent of the value of the policy immediately before the death of the decedent. As used in this paragraph, the term “reversionary interest” includes a possibility that the policy, or the proceeds of the policy, may return to the decedent or his estate, or may be subject to a power of disposition by him. The value of a reversionary interest at any time shall be determined (without regard to the fact of the decedent’s death) by usual methods of valuation, including the use of tables of mortality and actuarial principles, pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Secretary. In determining the value of a possibility that the policy or proceeds thereof may be subject to a power of disposition by the decedent, such possibility shall be valued as if it were a possibility that such policy or proceeds may return to the decedent or his estate.
Written determinations for this section
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- Incidents of Ownership Held by Insured : 2013-07-05
- Coordination with Other Code Sections : 2013-07-05
- Administrative Powers : 2012-08-31
- Transfers in General (Gift v. Not a Gift) : 2009-06-19
- Transfers in General (Gift v. Not a Gift) : 2009-03-06
- Transfers in General (Gift v. Not a Gift) : 2008-12-19
- Transfers in General (Gift v. Not a Gift) : 2008-11-28
- Imposition of Gift Tax (Imposed v. Not Imposed) : 2008-06-20
- Transfers in General (Gift v. Not a Gift) : 2008-05-30
- Transfers in General (Gift v. Not a Gift) : 2007-11-23
- Trust Income, Deductions, and Credits Attributable to Grantors and OthersAs Substantial Owners : 2007-11-23
- Powers of Appointment (Transfer v. Not a Transfer) : 2006-04-14
- Inclusion of Certain Property in Gross Estate : 2006-04-14
- Possession of Incidents of Ownership : 2005-05-06
- Tax On Generation Skipping Transfers : 2004-01-23
- Imposition of Gift Tax (Imposed v. Not Imposed) : 2004-01-23
- Inclusion of Certain Property in Gross Estate : 2003-04-04
- Life Insurance Trusts : 2003-04-04
- Powers of Appointment (Transfer v. Not a Transfer) : 2003-01-17
- Inclusion of Certain Property in Gross Estate : 2003-01-17
- Inclusion of Certain Property in Gross Estate : 2001-07-06
- Life Insurance Trusts : 2001-07-06
- Insurance Trusts : 2001-07-06
- Transfer for Consideration : 2001-03-16
- Possession of Incidents of Ownership : 2001-03-16
- Nonrecognition of Gain or Loss on Contributions : 2000-04-28
- Transfer for Consideration : 2000-04-28
- Terms Defined : 2000-04-28
- Limited Partnerships : 2000-04-28
- Possession of Incidents of Ownership : 2000-04-28
- Investment Company Exception : 2000-04-28