The Govt. of India announced 7.75% Savings (Taxable Bonds), 2018 recently. Let’s understand the salient features of these bonds and whether you should consider investing in these bonds. Firstly, these are not new bonds. The Govt. withdrew 8% taxable bonds (2003) recently and has introduced these new 7.75% taxable bonds, 2018 in its place. The earlier bonds had a maturity … [Read more...] about 13 Things to know about Govt. of India 7.75% Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2018
Conventionally, when you borrow, you borrow from an institution, say a bank or a Non-Banking Finance company (NBFCs). In case of Peer-to-Peer lending, you don’t borrow from an institution. Instead, the lenders are common individuals like you and me. To put it another way, in case of peer-to-peer lending, both the borrower and the lender are common individuals. Please … [Read more...] about All you need to know about Peer to Peer Lending Platforms
On a recent visit to a leading jeweller, I came across a gold scheme. Typically, the gold schemes go like this: You pay a fixed amount (instalment) every month and at the end of a specific period, you can purchase jewellery from the jeweller. Of course, the jeweller gives you an incentive to participate in such a scheme. In this, I will discuss Golden Harvest Scheme … [Read more...] about Is it wise to invest in Gold schemes by Jewellers?
Aadhar is assuming greater and greater importance in our lives. We are required to link our Aadhar information to bank accounts, investments, insurance, mobile connections, PAN card and at many more places. In addition, even from a transaction standpoint, Aadhar verification is required to get new mobile connections, file income tax returns etc. Aadhaar verification is … [Read more...] about How to check online where and when your Aadhaar has been used for Authentication?
Atal Pension Yojana (APY) was launched to provide life-long pension to the underprivileged and workers in the unorganized sector. If you join the scheme, the Central Government guarantees you and your spouse a minimum pension for life. Atal Pension Yojana (APY): Benefits and Scheme Details Based on your contribution per month, you will receive a minimum guaranteed pension … [Read more...] about Atal Pension Yojana (APY): Features, Benefits, Tax Treatment and Review
Though I have talked about the difference between Tier 1 and Tier II NPS accounts in many of my earlier posts, I still receive a number of queries from investors asking about the difference between the two. In fact, I had a query where the investor invested in Tier 2 NPS to avail tax benefit (figured out later). Therefore, I think it will be useful to dedicate a post to the … [Read more...] about What are Tier 1 and Tier 2 NPS accounts? What is the difference?
In this post, I will discuss an aspect of NPS about which I have received quite a few queries. What to do if you have two NPS accounts? Based on the number of queries that I receive on the issue, having two NPS accounts is not very uncommon. They got one through their employer. Subsequently, when they read about exclusive tax benefit of Rs 50,000 for investment in NPS Tier-I … [Read more...] about What to do if you have two NPS accounts? How to close the second NPS account?
In this post, let’s discuss the new developments in National Pension Scheme (NPS). Introduction of Karvy as CRA A CRA does not back-office work and performs administrative and customer service operations. In addition, it interfaces with different entities in NPS system. Earlier, NSDL was the only Central Record-Keeping Agency (CRA). In January 2017, PFRDA allowed Karvy as … [Read more...] about NPS Updates: A new CRA and Shift to eNPS is now allowed
Affordable housing is one of the major focus areas of the present Government. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) was launched in 2015 to promote affordable housing. Under PMAY, the Government launched Credit Linked Subsidy scheme (CLSS) to provide relief to such buyers who take loan to purchase or construct a house . Under the scheme, the Government, through its nodal agencies … [Read more...] about How Interest Subsidy is calculated under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme in PMAY?
In Union Budget 2016, the Finance Minister proposed a one-time tax exemption to EPF subscribers to switch to NPS. There will be no tax levied for making such a switch from EPF to NPS. Do note the transfer from EPF to NPS is only approved on paper. Many modalities are still being worked out. You can expect opposition from various quarters. However, since the switch is … [Read more...] about EPF vs NPS: Should you switch from EPF to NPS?