Updated on: Jul 27th, 2023
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Budget 2023 Latest Update: The maximum deposit for senior citizen saving scheme has been enhanced from Rs 15 lakhs to Rs 30 lakhs.
The Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS) is primarily for the senior citizens of India. The scheme offers a regular stream of income with the highest safety and tax saving benefits. It is an apt choice of investment for those over 60 years of age.
A Senior Citizens’ Saving Scheme (SCSS) is a government-backed retirement benefits programme. Senior citizens resident in India can invest a lump sum in the scheme, individually or jointly, and get access to regular income along with tax benefits. It is a Post Office savings scheme. Senior citizens can open an SCSS account to get the benefits of the SCSS. They can open an account in a Post Office branch or an authorised bank.
Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS)
Available under Section 80C upto Rs.1.5 lakh
SCSS is a government-backed scheme. Hence, the invested amount is secure and there is guarantee of returns upon its maturity.
Individuals who open an SCSS account get an interest on the principal deposited amount at the rate fixed by the government. They will receive a quarterly interest against their deposited amount. Interest payment will be credited to an individual’s account on the first date of April, July, October, and January.
An individual can deposit the money in cash when the amount is below Rs.1 lakh. When the deposit amount is above Rs.1 lakh, an individual should make the payment in cheque.
The maturity period of SCSS is 5 years. However, individuals can extend the maturity period for 3 more years by submitting an application. The application for extension of maturity should be given in the 4th year.
Individuals can appoint nominees either while opening an SCSS account or after opening the account.
Individuals can open more than one SCSS account. They may open another account either by themselves or a joint account with their spouse.
The minimum deposit is Rs.1,000 and the maximum is Rs.30 lakh. The deposits can be made in the multiples of Rs.1,000.
An SCSS account can be transferred from a post office to a bank and vice versa.
Individuals can withdraw the amount after one year of opening the account. There is no charge for premature closure of the account within one year of opening it. However, a 1.5% charge will be deducted from the principal amount if the account is closed after one year but within two years of opening it. A 1% charge will be deducted from the principal amount if the account is closed after two years but within five years of opening it.
The following individuals can open a SCSS account with a post office or bank:
The current interest rate applicable to SCSS is 8.2% p.a. This interest rate is applicable from 1st April 2023 until 30th June 2023. The interest will be paid on a quarterly basis.
Here is how an SCSS account works:
Here are a few reasons on why you should invest in SCSS:
You can open an SCSS account either at an authorised bank branch or at a post office branch. If the bank allows, you can open the SCSS account online on the bank’s internet banking portal or mobile banking app. There is no option to open the SCSS account online with the post office.
You can also download the SCSS application form from the India Post website. You need to fill the form and submit it with the authorised post office along with the required documents and pay the deposit to open the account.
Below are the steps to open a SCSS account with an authorised bank:
Step 1: Go to the nearest authorised bank branch and collect the SCSS application form.
Step 2: Fill in the necessary information on the application form.
Step 2: Fill in the necessary information on the application form.
Step 3: Attach the required documents.
Step 4: Submit the application form, documents and the deposit money with the bank staff.
Step 5: The bank employees will process the application and open the SCSS account.
The following banks offer SCSS:
Along with these banks, the Post Office also offers SCSS.
All the documents must be self-attested.
Under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961, individuals are eligible for tax deductions on investments up to Rs.1.5 lakh. In the case the interest amount is more than Rs.50,000 p.a., TDS will be deducted.
To sum it up, SCSS is a very good scheme for senior citizens who want a decent risk free return on a corpus fund. At 8.2% p.a. interest rate and an investment amount of Rs.30 lakh, the monthly income is stated to be Rs.20,500 per month for each investor.
Please note that you can make the deposit to the account in a single payment. Therefore, an account holder may operate more than one account under the scheme subject to the condition that the deposits in all the accounts taken together shall not exceed the maximum limit, i.e. Rs.30 lakh. Also, more than one account shall not be opened in the same deposit branch during a calendar month.
As of now, there is no option for you to open an SCSS account online. Neither do the authorised banks nor the Post Office provides you a platform to open the account online. Please follow the steps provided above to open the account offline.
Step 1: Visit the nearest SBI branch or the SBI branch with which you have a savings account.
Step 2: Request for the application form and fill up the relevant details in the form.
Step 3: Attach the supporting documents with the application form, such as the employer’s letter stating the retirement benefits you have received.
Step 4: Submit the documentation and the deposit amount to the SBI personnel.
Step 5: The personnel from SBI will process your application and the payment received. Once the payment is processed, the SCSS account will be created.
Step 1: Visit the nearest ICICI Bank branch or the ICICI Bank branch where you have a savings account.
Step 2: Request for the application form and fill up the form with your personal details.
Step 3: Submit the application form with supporting documents as well as the deposit amount in cash or cheque to the bank personnel.
Step 4: The personnel from ICICI Bank will process your application and the payment received. Once the payment is processed, the SCSS account will be created.
You can transfer the SCSS account by submitting Form G to the post office along with the required documents for transfer of account to the bank of your choice.
Yes. Since you are above 60 years, you can appoint your spouse as the joint account holder. You will be the primary account holder, thus your wife’s age will not affect opening the account.
The whole amount in the SCSS account is given to the first account holder or first depositor. Thus, adding a spouse as a joint account holder does not matter in this case.
Yes, both spouses can open individual SCSS accounts provided both of them are aged above 60 years.
Yes, TDS is applicable on the interest if it exceeds Rs. 50,000 per annum. However, if the interest is below Rs.50,000 in a financial year, TDS will not be deducted if you submit Form 15G/15H to the post office.
Yes, in the case of a joint account, the spouse can continue the account after the death of the first account holder only if the spouse is above 60 years and does not have another SCSS account. If the spouse is below 60 years, the nominee can continue the account until its maturity, and the account will earn interest till maturity.