Opening a term deposit to earn interest income is an excellent way to make use of the funds lying in your bank account. But by opting for a tax saving fixed deposit, you can also earn interest income and get a tax benefit. Bank of Baroda’s Baroda Tax Saving Term Deposit helps you to save tax while earning income
Tax saving FD features:
Only individuals and Hindu Undivided Families are allowed to open this tax saving fixed deposit. Deposits can be made in a single or joint name. As per Government of India guidelines, the Income Tax benefit is allowed to the first holder of this fixed deposit.
Amount of deposit
The minimum amount of deposit allowed is Rs. 100 and in multiples of Rs. 100. The maximum amount in a financial year is Rs. 1,50,000.
Tenure of deposit
The minimum lock in period for tax saving deposits is 60 months. The maximum tenure is 120 months.
Payment of interest
Interest is compounded quarterly in a tax saving FD. Interest is credited to the accounts at the end of the quarter. This is one of the best tax saving deposits features.
Premature closure of such deposits is not allowed until the maturity of the tax saving FD. This is allowed on customer’s request only after completion of 5 years at Bank’s discretion. The bank will pay interest at 1% below the tax saving FD interest rate in such cases. In case of death of depositor, premature withdrawal is allowed.
Auto renewal of such deposits is allowed, but not under tax saving deposits scheme. The deposit will be renewed as a regular term deposit for a period of 1 year.
Tax saving FD benefits:
The principal amount invested as a tax saving FD is allowed as a deduction to the first holder of the FD under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. The maximum deduction allowed in a financial year is Rs. 1,50,000.
No TDS if Form 15H/15G submitted
This FD is subject to TDS rules and regulations. The interest earned on this deposit is taxable. However, if your income is not liable to tax, you can submit a Form 15H/15G and the bank won’t deduct TDS on your interest.
Beneficial rate to senior citizen:
Senior citizens can get a better rate of interest on such deposits. Bank of Baroda pays 0.5% over and above the tax saving FD rates to senior citizens. This is available for deposits below Rs. 1 crore.
Nomination facility available
It is possible to set up nomination for the tax saving FD.
The tax saving FD can be transferred from one branch to another branch at the request of the customer. This can be done by submitting a written request to the branch where the customer has the tax saving FD.
Minor accounts for individuals
It is possible to open a tax saving fixed deposit for minors as well. These tax saving deposits can serve as important means of financial planning for them.
Bank of Baroda offers tax saving fixed deposits online and offline through their branches. Opening these is convenient and easy and can be done even in a matter of minutes.