ELSS means Equity Linked Savings Scheme. ELSS as the name clearly suggests is a savings scheme linked to equity markets.
Key Features of ELSS are:
Exemption from night mares:
All investors constantly track SENSEX and NIFTY and judge their investment’s NAV to these returns and try to speculate. But this is not the right way to keep invested in the market. The investor should not be worried about daily ups and downs in the market but should follow the investment philosophy of staying invested for a long term and ELSS helps serving this cause by locking in the money for three years.
Upto March’31,2005 an investor could claim only rebate under Section 88 if invested in ELSS and the maximum amount that could be invested in ELSS was only Rs.10,000/-.
But from March’31,2006 the investment limit in ELSS has been increased to Rs.1,00,000/- and this entire investment is eligible for deduction under sec 80C of Income tax Act,1961.
Revised Tax Slabs for the FY’10-11:
Case I: Resident Individual who does not invest in ELSS
If your income is Rs. 3,00,000 for financial year ending March’31,2009,
Then, Net taxable income: Rs.3,00,000
(-) Income exempt : Rs.1,80,000 (upto Rs.1,80,000 NIL)
Therefore the tax payable is: Rs.12000( 10% tax on Rs.1,80,000)
(+) Education Cess@3%:Rs. 360
Case II: Resident Individual invests in ELSS:
Now if you invest Rs 1,00,000 in ELSS then the taxable income would be:
Net Taxable income: Rs. 3,00,000
(-) ELSS investment Rs. 1,00,000
Income exempt from Tax as per slabs: Rs. 1,80,000
Therefore Tax has to be paid on the amount:
Tax payable: 10% on Rs.20,000= Rs. 2000
(+) Education Cess@3%= Rs. 30
The above calculation shows a pure saving of Rs.10,330 after ELSS investment (in Case II) as compared to Case I
Other tax saving schemes also show the same benefits but when it comes down to returns ELSS wins hands down.
Other tax saving schemes v/s ELSS. And the winner is…..
|Interest Receipt||On Maturity||On Maturity||Depends on Performance|
|Tenure||15 Years||6 Years||Minimum 3 years|
|Tax Benefits||Sec 80C ,sec10||Sec 80C||Sec 80C|
|Minimum Investment||Rs 500 p.a.||Rs 100||Lumpsum: Rs 5000/-|
|Maximum Investment||Rs 70,000||Rs 1,00,000||No Upper Limit|
|Monthly Plans||N.A||N.A.||SIP : Rs. 500/-|
*25%-40% return on an average in last two to three years
Beneficial to Investors and Fund managers:
There are certain groups of people who are scared of investments into Equity. But history shows that none of the investors who have put their money into ELSS have lost money and most of the years Tax saver funds have been the front runners in terms of returns to investors.
In case of plain vanilla open ended equity funds, one can put money today and withdraw tomorrow which makes life of fund manager very difficult but in case of ELSS the fund manager can stay invested even if the sentiment is bearish in short term because of the clause of 3 year lock-in period and take advantage of long term compounding benefit.
Blessing in Disguise:
Your invested money is LOCKED for a period of 3 years. i.e., Once invested in a Tax Saver fund, your money cannot be taken out for a period of 3 years. But this is a blessing in disguise, because Tax Saver funds generally yield healthy returns during a 3 year period.
Persons who are looking for Capital Appreciation and Tax - Benefits amounting to Rs.1,00,000/- must look towards investing through ELSS