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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tax Saving Fixed Deposit

Financial year of 2010 – 2011 may be the last year for you to invest in tax-saving fixed deposits. There is a question in everyone’s mind, what can be the effect of abolishment of tax-saving FDs, NSC for investors and banks? For those who still are not aware of upcoming tax-code for the financial year of 2011-2012, Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister of India, has proposed a new tax code for the financial year 2011. As per the new tax code, there will no income tax benefits under section 80C for Tax-Saving Fixed Deposits, NSCs, and ELSS.

If the current proposal gets passed by assembly next year, you will not be able to avail tax-benefits for FDs under sec 80C from the financial year of 2011 onwards. So, it may be the last chance for you to put some money in these tax-saving FDs. As an investor, you must invest some amount of money in this tax-saving instrument. You can check for interest rates offered by major banks (SBI, ICICI, HDFC and other private & government banks), so whenever you find an increase in interest rate, invest some amount to avail tax benefits.

These FDs comes with a 5 year lock-in period, and the investment options that will be available after the new tax-code implementation will not be much flexible. ULIPs could be the only option available for you to invest money with a lock-in of 3 years, but as per the various studies, ULIPs do not give much return before 7-10 years.

So, if you want liquidity of money along with tax-saving, tax-saving fixed deposits can be the good option to look out for in the financial year of 2010-2011. As an investor and tax-payers, we may lose some freedom after the new tax code implementation, so utilize the current year to get the maximum benefit.

Update:
As an update, direct tax code has been delayed by one year, i.e. 2012. So, you have an option to invest in Tax Saving Fixed Deposits for one more year, i.e. 2011. Click on the link to find the updates of new tax code for 2012.

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