PPF Tax Benefits & Features you must Know About

03 Jul 2019

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A popular investment and tax saving instrument for Indians since it was first introduced in 1968 by the Central Government, the Public Provident Fund is a great tool to boost small savings by every individual across India. One of the biggest reasons thousands open opt for PPF is the PPF tax benefits.

The following are the features of a PPF for your comprehensive understanding:

Tenure

The PPF is a long-term investment with a minimum tenure of 15 years. PPF holder can extend the tenure by a period of 5 years every time.

Rate of interest

The rate of interest is determined by the Ministry of Finance every quarter. The compound interest is paid out at the end of the financial year i.e. on March 31. The interest is determined based on the balance between the closing of the 5th day and last day of each month.

Limits on investment

PPF is appealing to every section of society with different income levels. The minimum deposit every financial year is Rs.500 while the maximum amount is Rs.1, 50, 000. You can deposit the amount in lumpsum or in instalments in a financial year.

Opening Balance

You need to have at least Rs.500 to begin with when you open the account. Maximum amount upto Rs.1,50,000 can be invested every year and is eligible for exemption under section 80C of IT Act.

Mode of deposit

There is limited restriction on how you can deposit money into your PPF account. You can transfer funds online, deposit cash, cheque or pay through a demand draft.

Frequency of deposit

The account holder needs to make a deposit at least once a year for 15 years.

Nomination

The account holder may nominate one or more people (maximum 4) who will receive the amount in the PPF in case of the account holder’s death. The amount that each nominee will receive can also be determined by the account holder during nomination.

Joint account

One individual can hold only one PPF account at any given point of time. No joint account is allowed.

Risk-free

The PPF is backed by the government and offers complete protection of investment regardless of market conditions.

Loan

You are eligible to take loan against your PPF provided it is between its 3rd-6th Financial year. The loan amount is capped at 25% of the balance in the 2nd year preceding the year in which you applied for the loan.

Eligibility

You need to be an Indian citizen residing in India. Members of HUF cannot open a PPF account. One eligible individual can hold only one PPF account. However, an individual can hold another PPF account on behalf of a minor.

Can one withdraw from their PPF before maturity?

A PPF account can be closed only when it completes 15 years. However, if the account holder needs to withdraw money from their PPF account due to a financial emergency, they can do so only from the 7th year onwards. These withdrawals can be made only once in a fiscal year.

What are the tax benefits offered with a Public Provident Fund? Is PPF maturity taxable?

A PPF is categorised as EEE which stands for Exempt-Exempt-Exempt. This means that the principal amount can be deducted under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Furthermore, there is no PPF maturity tax i.e. the account holder does not have to pay tax on the interest accumulated on maturity of the PPF or the total amount post maturity.

A simple enough tax saving instrument with good rate of interest, you can start a PPF for yourself or your child with Bank of Baroda.

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Features & Benefits Flexible Recurring Deposit Scheme

Flexible Recurring Deposit Scheme (Yatha Shakti Jama Yojana)
Bank of Baroda offers its customers a unique scheme that makes it possible for you to save money flexibly, month after month. You can avail the attractive Yatha Shakti Jama Yojana - a flexible recurring deposit scheme which comes with a host of benefits and salient features. Under the flexi recurring deposit scheme, depositors may choose a small core amount to open their deposit and increase the core amount subsequently, up to three times.
Features of the Flexible Recurring Deposit Scheme
Opening the flexi RD
The flexi RD can be opened with a small initial amount of Rs.100 only
Amount of deposit
Depositors may choose their initial amounts in multiples of Rs 100, up-to a maximum amount of ₹10,000. You may choose to deposit either your core amount or up-to 3 times your core amount. Core amount contributions are mandatory in this scheme.
Tenure of deposit
The tenure of the recurring deposit schemes range from 12 months to 120 months.
Interest payment
Interest on the flexi RD will be paid and credited on a half yearly basis in the months of September and March. The interest paid is calculated on daily balances, with half yearly compounding of interest.
Benefits of the Flexible Recurring Deposit Scheme
Additional interest rate benefits
Senior citizens with deposits below ₹1 crore are eligible for 0.50% additional interest. Staff and ex-staff members of Bank of Baroda are also provided with additional interest. Ex-staff members who are senior citizens can avail both bonus interest rates.
Nomination facility
Nomination facility is also offered to flexi RD holders.
Premature withdrawal facility
Interest is paid after deducting a penalty of 1% from applicable rates or contracted rates, whichever is lower in only those cases that are subject to charging penalty.
Loan and overdraft facility
You may avail a loan or overdraft facility against the flexi RD of up to 95% of the outstanding balance in your account at interest rates as per Bank of Baroda guidelines.
No penalty
No penalties are levied for delayed payments of monthly instalments.
TDS
No TDS will be deducted for persons submitting forms 15G/15H as applicable

Reasons Why You Need To Have a Fixed Deposit

Since the generation of our fathers and grandfathers, fixed deposits remained a preferred instrument to put our hard earned savings in. We would put away a lump sum in a fixed deposit offering an attractive and steady interest rate. Why we preferred and continue to prefer fixed deposits is because of the fixed interest rate which does not go up and down with changes in lending rates. FDs were considered safe and they gave us stable returns. Now you can even open an FD online without even having to go to the bank.
FDs are good for people who have extra lumpsum, which they don't need to use at the time.
FDs ensure capital protection and uniform flow of income. If you are risk-averse and do not want equity exposure, FD is for you
A Fixed Deposits is a saving instrument where you put a lump sum amount for a fixed period of time and earn a fixed rate of interest. On maturity you earn the principal invested along with the interest, which you can always reinvest! They are also called term deposits because you park money in them for a given tenure. Here are the key features of a Fixed Deposit:
Fixed rate of interest
Fixed deposits come with a fixed rate of interest when you open one. The rates of interest themselves keep getting revised from time to time, based on key lending rates. But you only get the rate of interest you locked into while booking the fixed deposit. Bank of Baroda, one among the oldest and largest banks of India, offers one of the highest deposit rates in the country, and has been a preferred bank to open FDs with, for many years now, given its security, pedigree and attractive rate of interest.
It is secure
Unlike financial instruments that depend on market movements, which are volatile, for you to profit from, fixed deposits are secure instruments since they give steady returns. For example, if the interest rates were to fall, you will still earn the rate of interest you were promised while booking the FD.
A bank’s market value, legacy and history also give it immense credibility and a sense of security to the depositors like the millions of depositors of Bank of Baroda who have parked their hard earned income and salaries in the Bank of Baroda deposit schemes for over a century now.
Return on investment
How much your returns on investment are on an FD will really depend on the interest rate and tenure of the FD you choose. You are likely to get more from investing in a long term FD but short term FD will give you more liquidity, depending on whether if your financial requirement is more immediate. You can also pick various options in FDs where you can either reinvest the proceeds you get from an FD or you can request for pay outs on a quarterly or monthly basis. In both the cases, the returns will vary
Flexible Tenures
Bank of Baroda offers flexible tenures. It offers both short term and long term FDs for the benefit of the depositors.
Lending facility against FDs
Some banks also offer loans against FDs, so you do not have to break or liquidate your FD before maturity to get cash. Also, you can continue to earn the interest on the FDs. These loans are in the form of an overdraft (OD).

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