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Budget 2021 update :It has been proposed to exempt the senior citizens from filing income tax returns if pension income and interest income are their only annual income source. Section 194P has been newly inserted to enforce the banks to deduct tax on senior citizens more than 75 years of age who have a pension and interest income from the bank.
National Savings Monthly Income Scheme is an excellent investment option for pensioners and those looking for a regular inflow of funds. We have covered the following in this article:
The Central Government of India on 12 December 2019 announced National Savings Monthly Income Scheme through notification GSR 917 (E). The scheme was introduced as per section 3A of the Government Savings Promotion Act, 1873 (5 of 1873). The National Savings Monthly Income Scheme is open to all resident Indian citizens, including minors.
This scheme is an excellent investment option for retired individuals and those looking to earn a regular interest income. Under this scheme, an account can hold a maximum of Rs 4,50,000 at any point. Individuals are allowed to open more than one account. However, the total funds in all the accounts shall not exceed Rs 4,50,000. A joint account can have a maximum of Rs 9 lakh at any point. These accounts come with a lock-in period of five years.
The following accounts are permitted under the National Savings Monthly Income Account:
One may open and handle more than one account, but a person cannot have more than the said limit with their investment spread across all the accounts that they own.
The following are some of the salient features of the National Savings Monthly Income Scheme:
As mentioned earlier, the current interest rate on the accounts held under the National Savings Monthly Income Scheme is 6.6%. It would be revised as per the decision made by the government and the Central Bank depending on several economic factors. However, rest assured that these accounts provide much higher interest than a regular savings account.
Investing Rs 9 lakh in a joint account at the time of opening will provide Rs 4,950 per month (considering the interest remains at 6.6%). The total income earned in the form of monthly interest would amount to Rs 2,97,000 (Rs 4,950*12*5) at the end of five years. Likewise, investing Rs 4 lakh in an individual account would provide a monthly interest of Rs 2,200. It would amount to Rs 1,32,000 at the end of five years.
The National Savings Monthly Income Scheme is an excellent investment option for those looking to earn regular monthly income. It is ideal for pensioners and those risk-averse investors who have a substantial amount in their disposal.