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Factors affecting Investment under section 80C

 

One of the best way to save income tax is to utilize the deduction available under section 80C. The current maximum threshold limit is Rs. 1,50,000 for Individuals and HUF.

Various investment options are available for getting deduction under section 80C but every investment have different rate of return and different lock in period.  Moreover in some cases the income earned on the 80C investment are subject to tax. So it is important to consider all these factors before making any tax saving investment.

1) Life Insurance Premium

Return on cash back policy – 8% to 10% (approx.)

Return on term insurance – 0%

Lock in period for 80C in single premium policy under – 2 years from date of commencement

Lock in period for 80C in any other policy – 2 year premium

Receipt– Exempted (any cash back as well as maturity amount)

Liquidity – Surrender option is available only after paying premium for three complete year.

2) Tax Saving Term Deposit

Return – 8% (approx.)

Lock in period for 80C – 5 year

Receipt – Interest is taxable on due or receipt basis. Principal amount is not taxable.

Liquidity – Pre mature withdrawal is available anytime.

3) PPF

Return – 8.7%

Receipt – Exempted (Interest as well as amount invested)

Liquidity – Full amount can be withdraw only on completing maturity period of 15 year. Partial amount can be withdraw from 7th year onward subject to certain restrictions. For exact calculations, you can use this PPF Withdrawal calculator.

4) NSC VIII issue

Return – 8.5%

Receipt – Interest is exempted under section 80C (subject to limit) on due/receipt basis.

Liquidity – Premature encashment is only available in special cases such as death of certificate holder, ordered by court of law etc.

5) Time Deposit in Post Office

Return – 8.50% (approx.)

Lock in period for 80C – 5 years

Receipt – Interest is exempted under section 80C (subject to limit) on due/receipt basis.

Liquidity – Pre mature withdrawal is available anytime.

6) Tax Saving Mutual Fund (ELSS)

Return – Not assured (10% – 20% approx.) It depends on the fund in which investment is made as well as time of making redemption.

Lock in period for 80C – 3 years

Receipt – Exempted

Liquidity – Pre mature withdrawal is available anytime.

About Rohit Pithisaria

I am a Chartered Accountant based in Jaipur. I do have interest in Income Tax and managing the income tax related section on TaxAdda. You can email me on info@taxadda.com for your queries related to income tax.

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