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1. Post Office Investment-Savings Schemes

The Post Office Saving Schemes include a bucket list of products that offer reliability and risk-free returns on investment. Such security and returns are perks one mostly associates with a central government-run savings portfolio. These schemes are operated via 1.54 lakh post offices all over the country. Take for instance the PPF scheme; PPF is operated via 8200 branches of public sector banks in addition to the post offices in each city.

2. Savings Schemes under Post Office Investments 

1. Post Office Savings Account

2. 5-Year Post Office Recurring Deposit Account (RD)

3. Post Office Time Deposit Account (TD)

4.Post Office Monthly Income Scheme Account (MIS)

5.Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS)

6.15 year Public Provident Fund Account (PPF)

7.National Savings Certificates (NSC)

8.Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)

9. Sukanya Samriddhi Accounts (SSA)

 

3. Comparison of the various Post office savings schemes 

 

Scheme Interest Rate Minimum Investment Maximum Investment Eligibility Tax Implications
Post Office Savings Account 4% per annum (p.a.) – Rs 20

– Non-Cheque Facility Rs 50

No limit Resident Indian, Minor and Majors Tax free Interest up to Rs 50,000 from financial year 2018-19
Post Office Time Deposit Account (TD) First year – 7% p.a.

Second year -7% p.a.

Third Year – 7% p.a.

Fourth Year – 7.8% p.a.

Rs 200 No limit Individual Tax benefits up to 5 years under section 80 C on  deposits
Post Office Monthly Income Scheme Account (MIS) 7.3 % per annum payable monthly Rs 1500 For one account holder Rs 4.5 lacs and joint account holders Rs 9 lacs Individual Interest earned is Taxable & No deduction under Sec 80C for Deposits made.
Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) 8.7 % p.a. (Compounded Annually) Rs 1000 Maximum deposit over the lifetime allowed at Rs 15 lacs Individual of age> 60 years or age >55 years who have opted for VRS or Superannuation – Tax benefit under section 80C for deposits

– TDS to be deducted on interest earned for more than Rs 50,000 p.a.

15 year Public Provident Fund Account (PPF) 8.0 % p.a. (Compounded Annually) Rs 500 per financial year Rs 1.5 lacs per financial year Individual Tax rebate under section 80C for deposits (maximum Rs 1.5 lacs pa)
National Savings Certificates (NSC) 8.0 % p.a. (Compounded Annually) Rs 100 No Limit Individual Tax rebate under section 80C for deposits (maximum Rs 1.5 lacs pa)
Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) 7.7 % p.a. (Compounded Annually) Rs 1000 No limit Individual (Adult) Interest is taxable but no tax on the amount received on maturity
Sukanya Samriddhi Accounts 8.5 % p.a. (Compounded Annually) Rs 250 per financial year Rs 1.5 lacs per financial year Girl Child – up to 10 years from birth and 1 additional year of grace Investment (up to Rs 1.5 lacs exempt under Section 80C), interest and amount received on maturity is tax free

 

4. Advantages of the Post Office Investment- Saving Schemes in India 

a. Easy to invest

The saving schemes are easy to enrol in and are best suited for the rural and as well as the urban investor, anyone who wants to hedge the risk in the portfolio for a fixed decent return. Their simplicity and availability make these a much-preferred savings option.

b. Simple procedure to enroll 

Limited documentation and proper procedures in post office ensures that these saving schemes are simple to opt for and safe to be locked onto as they are also backed by the government.

c. Investments for long-term

The investments in the Post Office Schemes are more forward-looking and long-term oriented with the investment period extending up to 15 years for a PPF account. This acts as a huge help in retirement and pension planning.

d. Tax exemption

Most of these schemes carry with them tax rebates under Section 80C for the deposit amount. Few of the schemes like the PPF, the SCSS, the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, etc. also have the interest earned amount exempted from taxation.

e. Risk-free & competent interest rates

Interest rates in these schemes range from 4% to 9% which is also risk-free. There is a minimal amount of risk involved as this is an undertaking by the Government of India.

f. Different buckets of products

There is a wide range of products based on different types of individuals. Public Provident Fund (PPF), Kisan Vikas Patra and Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana are some of the more well-known schemes.

The government has made these small savings schemes available via post offices to provide a safe investment avenue for the public. By giving them good returns while keeping their money safe, these schemes are easy to manage. If the features and benefits iterated above meet your financial goals, invest in a post office savings scheme to secure your financial future at minimal risk.

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