Moving abroad for employment or planning to shift back to India permanently? How will your income be taxed? Can you continue holding NRE deposit and continue to get tax-free interest? Well, everything begins with finding out whether you qualify as an NRI or a resident. And this may not always be easy. To add to the confusion, the definition of Non-resident is different under … [Read more...] about Who is NRI as per FEMA and Income Tax Act? (Latest Rules)
The current market crash has been very painful. Equity portfolios have taken deep cuts. During such times when we are so occupied with limiting losses in our equity portfolios, we might lose out on peculiar tax-saving opportunities that these times may throw up. I am talking about tax-loss harvesting, where you can use losses from one capital asset to set off capital … [Read more...] about Market Crash: Use Tax Loss Harvesting to Reduce your Tax Liability
The Union Budget 2020 gave a choice of tax regime to the taxpayers. Continue with the old tax regime and keep taking tax deductions. OROpt for the new tax regime (lower taxes) but don’t take tax deductions As a taxpayer, you can calculate tax liability under both the regimes and opt for the one with a lower tax liability. Under the new tax regime, all the common … [Read more...] about You can take this Tax Benefit even under the New Tax Regime
The Union Budget 2020 changed the way how dividends from mutual funds will be taxed. The following are the changes. Till FY 2020, dividend from mutual funds was exempt from tax in the hands of the investor. However, before paying the dividend to you, AMCs used to deduct Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) before paying such dividend to you. The effective impact of DDT was 11.46% … [Read more...] about Mutual Funds: With Tax on Dividends, The Choice between Growth and Dividend?
The Finance Minister presented the Union Budget 2020 on February 1, 2020. Here are the key hNew Taxighlights of the Union Budget from personal tax perspective. There have been quite a few changes this time around. Therefore, I have divided the post into 5 broad sections. Change in Income Tax SlabsChange in Mutual Fund Taxation (includes dividend taxation and … [Read more...] about Budget 2020: New Tax Slabs, Tax on Dividend, Employer Contribution to NPS/EPF And Some Mess for NRIs
You are still young and want to start saving for your retirement. You want to ensure that you get a regular income after retirement. For this reason, you want to invest in a pension plan. Which pension plan do you pick up? There is NPS (National Pension Scheme) and there are several pension plans from the insurance companies. Which one would you pick? In a pension … [Read more...] about NPS vs Pension Plans from Insurance Companies: Which is better?
You got Rs. 10 lacs with you. You know you would need the money or at least some portion of it within 3 years. Where would you invest that money? A Bank Fixed Deposit or a Debt Mutual Fund? Let's assume debt mutual funds have as low risk as FDs and FDs are as flexible as debt MFs. The only difference is in tax treatment. And that both return 8%. After 1 year, you … [Read more...] about Need money within 3 years: Bank FD or a Debt Mutual Fund?
The Union Budget 2019 brought good news if you were planning to purchase an electric bike or car on loan. A new section 80EEB was introduced to provide deduction up to Rs 1.5 lacs on the interest paid on electric vehicle loans. Car loans are medium value and short (or medium) term loans. Given this peculiarity about car loans, how much tax savings does this section really … [Read more...] about Tax Benefit for Electric Car Loans under Sec 80EEB: What are the real tax savings?
You have some cash in hand because of the recent annual performance bonus that you received. You have not yet decided how to use that money. You have no credit card or personal loan which needs to be settled at a high priority. You only have a home loan but you are not planning to part prepay it because you will lose out on tax benefits. This is a common refrain among home … [Read more...] about Do not Overestimate Tax Benefits on Home Loan Repayment
Tax incentives for NPS have gotten better and better over the last few years. In 2018, NPS almost became an EEE product. Almost. The entire lump sum withdrawal at the time of retirement (60 years) became exempt from tax. The same was notified in Union Budget 2019 too. In my previous posts on NPS, I have solely focussed on if and how much you must invest in NPS. Here is my … [Read more...] about NPS: Your Employer offers to contribute, Should you sign up?