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Best Tax Saving Investments For 2019

Updated on October 16, 2019 , 959 views

Looking for best tax saving investments? Don’t know how to save Income Tax? Tax saving can be easy if done in a correct manner. There are various smart ways to stay away from paying taxes and save as much as possible. Generally, people indulge into Tax Planning when the financial year is about to end. But, does this ensure prudent investment planning? No! Investing in the early quarters of the financial year is a smarter approach instead. This ensures that you get time to plan your investment and avail the most out of it. Some of the tax saving investments include tax saving Mutual Funds ELSS, PPF, tax saving FD, NPS etc. a detailed list of tax saving investment options is mentioned below.

Some of the Best Investment Plan in India that are beneficial for tax saving include-

Tax-saving

Tax Saving ELSS Funds Or Equity Linked Savings Schemes

Tax saving is an ideal way of financial planning. ELSS Funds are tax saving schemes that are equity diversified and invest the major part of the fund corpus either in equities or equity-related instruments. Being market-linked, equity-linked savings scheme or ELSS funds offer good returns. ELSS funds are tax saving Mutual Funds that offers tax deductions upto INR 1,50,000 under Section 80C of Income Tax Act.

As per the Budget 2018, ELSS would attract Long Term Capital Gains (LTCG). Investors would be taxed at 10% (with no indexation) under long term Capital Gain tax. Gains up to INR 1 lakh are free of tax. Tax at 10% applies to gains above INR 1 lakh.

Top 3 Tax Saving ELSS Funds 2019

FundNAVNet Assets (Cr)3 MO (%)6 MO (%)1 YR (%)3 YR (%)5 YR (%)2018 (%)
BNP Paribas Long Term Equity Fund (ELSS) Growth ₹39.969
↑ 0.30
₹4474.44.917.98.59.7-9.3
LIC MF Tax Plan Growth ₹69.974
↑ 0.57
₹2275.15.416.11010.8-1.1
Tata India Tax Savings Fund Growth ₹18.3856
↑ 0.13
₹1,8150.31.615.89.213.3-8.4
Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 18 Oct 19
*Above is the list of Top 3 Tax Saving ELSS Mutual Funds sorted on last 1 year performance and have Net Assets between 100 - 5000 Crore.

1. BNP Paribas Long Term Equity Fund (ELSS)

The investment objective of the Scheme is to generate long-term capital growth from a diversified and actively managed portfolio of equity and equity related securities along with income tax rebate, as may be prevalent fromtime to time. However, there can be no assurance that the investment objective of the Scheme will be achieved. The Scheme does not guarantee / indicate any returns.

BNP Paribas Long Term Equity Fund (ELSS) is a Equity - ELSS fund was launched on 5 Jan 06. It is a fund with Moderately High risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 10.6% since its launch.  Ranked 22 in ELSS category.  Return for 2018 was -9.3% , 2017 was 42.3% and 2016 was -6.6% .

Below is the key information for BNP Paribas Long Term Equity Fund (ELSS)

BNP Paribas Long Term Equity Fund (ELSS)
Growth
Launch Date 5 Jan 06
NAV (18 Oct 19) ₹39.969 ↑ 0.30   (0.76 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹447 on 31 Aug 19
Category Equity - ELSS
AMC BNP Paribas Asset Mgmt India Pvt. Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderately High
Expense Ratio 2.75
Sharpe Ratio -0.32
Information Ratio -0.48
Alpha Ratio 5.22
Min Investment 500
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
30 Sep 14₹10,000
30 Sep 15₹11,363
30 Sep 16₹12,049
30 Sep 17₹13,988
30 Sep 18₹13,487
30 Sep 19₹15,366

BNP Paribas Long Term Equity Fund (ELSS) SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹300,000
expected amount after 5 Years is ₹385,859.
Net Profit of ₹85,859
Invest Now

Returns for BNP Paribas Long Term Equity Fund (ELSS)

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 18 Oct 19

DurationReturns
1 Month 8%
3 Month 4.4%
6 Month 4.9%
1 Year 17.9%
3 Year 8.5%
5 Year 9.7%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 10.6%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2018 -9.3%
2017 42.3%
2016 -6.6%
2015 7.7%
2014 53%
2013 7.7%
2012 34.3%
2011 -15%
2010 14.9%
2009 70.2%
Fund Manager information for BNP Paribas Long Term Equity Fund (ELSS)
NameSinceTenure
Abhijeet Dey16 Nov 162.54 Yr.
Karthikraj Lakshmanan7 Oct 162.65 Yr.

Data below for BNP Paribas Long Term Equity Fund (ELSS) as on 31 Aug 19

Equity Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Financial Services37.53%
Industrials10.6%
Technology9.46%
Basic Materials8.56%
Consumer Cyclical7.85%
Utility5.61%
Consumer Defensive4.47%
Energy3.77%
Communication Services1.94%
Health Care1.93%
Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash3.59%
Equity96.41%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
HDFC Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Oct 08 | HDFCBANK
9%₹40 Cr180,000
Treps
CBLO/Reverse Repo | -
8%₹38 Cr
ICICI Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Oct 12 | ICICIBANK
8%₹37 Cr900,000
Infosys Ltd (Technology)
Equity, Since 31 Mar 09 | INFY
6%₹26 Cr325,000
Axis Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Aug 18 | 532215
4%₹17 Cr257,141
↑ 30,000
Reliance Industries Ltd (Energy)
Equity, Since 31 Oct 18 | RELIANCE
4%₹17 Cr135,000
↑ 85,000
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (Technology)
Equity, Since 30 Jun 18 | TCS
4%₹16 Cr70,000
ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Oct 17 | ICICIPRULI
3%₹15 Cr354,999
Sundaram Finance Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Dec 18 | SUNDARMFIN
3%₹13 Cr85,000
↑ 10,000
Asian Paints Ltd (Basic Materials)
Equity, Since 31 Oct 14 | 500820
3%₹13 Cr77,500

2. LIC MF Tax Plan

The investment objective of the scheme is to provide capital growth along with tax rebate and tax relief to our investors through prudent investments in the stock markets. However, there is no assurance that the investment objective of the Scheme will be realised.

LIC MF Tax Plan is a Equity - ELSS fund was launched on 3 Feb 99. It is a fund with Moderately High risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 10.3% since its launch.  Ranked 35 in ELSS category.  Return for 2018 was -1.1% , 2017 was 37.3% and 2016 was 3.3% .

Below is the key information for LIC MF Tax Plan

LIC MF Tax Plan
Growth
Launch Date 3 Feb 99
NAV (18 Oct 19) ₹69.974 ↑ 0.57   (0.82 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹227 on 31 Aug 19
Category Equity - ELSS
AMC LIC Mutual Fund Asset Mgmt Co Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderately High
Expense Ratio 2.9
Sharpe Ratio -0.45
Information Ratio 0.09
Alpha Ratio 4.49
Min Investment 500
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
30 Sep 14₹10,000
30 Sep 15₹11,080
30 Sep 16₹11,941
30 Sep 17₹13,497
30 Sep 18₹14,271
30 Sep 19₹16,038

LIC MF Tax Plan SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹300,000
expected amount after 5 Years is ₹395,578.
Net Profit of ₹95,578
Invest Now

Returns for LIC MF Tax Plan

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 18 Oct 19

DurationReturns
1 Month 7.3%
3 Month 5.1%
6 Month 5.4%
1 Year 16.1%
3 Year 10%
5 Year 10.8%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 10.3%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2018 -1.1%
2017 37.3%
2016 3.3%
2015 -3%
2014 49.1%
2013 8.2%
2012 26.3%
2011 -26.2%
2010 15.7%
2009 62.2%
Fund Manager information for LIC MF Tax Plan
NameSinceTenure
Sachin Relekar5 Mar 153.91 Yr.

Data below for LIC MF Tax Plan as on 31 Aug 19

Equity Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Financial Services40.01%
Technology12.5%
Consumer Cyclical10.58%
Basic Materials9.83%
Consumer Defensive8.94%
Energy3.36%
Real Estate2.45%
Industrials2.23%
Health Care0.86%
Utility0.55%
Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash8.68%
Equity91.32%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
HDFC Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Oct 14 | HDFCBANK
8%₹19 Cr156,190
Bajaj Finance Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 30 Apr 18 | 500034
6%₹14 Cr35,200
Infosys Ltd (Technology)
Equity, Since 31 Oct 14 | INFY
6%₹14 Cr171,256
↑ 13,700
ICICI Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Jul 18 | ICICIBANK
6%₹14 Cr318,000
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (Technology)
Equity, Since 31 Mar 18 | TCS
5%₹12 Cr58,900
↑ 5,400
City Union Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Mar 14 | CUB
5%₹11 Cr518,285
↑ 15,000
Treps
CBLO/Reverse Repo | -
5%₹11 Cr
Bajaj Finserv Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 30 Sep 18 | 532978
4%₹11 Cr12,500
Avenue Supermarts Ltd (Consumer Defensive)
Equity, Since 28 Feb 18 | 540376
4%₹10 Cr51,192
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 29 Feb 16 | KOTAKBANK
3%₹8 Cr51,430

3. Tata India Tax Savings Fund

To provide medium to long term capital gains along with income tax relief to its Unitholders, while at all times emphasising the importance of capital appreciation..

Tata India Tax Savings Fund is a Equity - ELSS fund was launched on 13 Oct 14. It is a fund with Moderately High risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 12.9% since its launch.  Ranked 1 in ELSS category.  Return for 2018 was -8.4% , 2017 was 46% and 2016 was 2.1% .

Below is the key information for Tata India Tax Savings Fund

Tata India Tax Savings Fund
Growth
Launch Date 13 Oct 14
NAV (18 Oct 19) ₹18.3856 ↑ 0.13   (0.72 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹1,815 on 31 Aug 19
Category Equity - ELSS
AMC Tata Asset Management Limited
Rating
Risk Moderately High
Expense Ratio 2.08
Sharpe Ratio -0.41
Information Ratio -0.34
Alpha Ratio -1.76
Min Investment 500
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
30 Sep 15₹11,442
30 Sep 16₹13,426
30 Sep 17₹15,983
30 Sep 18₹15,683
30 Sep 19₹17,578

Tata India Tax Savings Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹300,000
expected amount after 5 Years is ₹426,080.
Net Profit of ₹126,080
Invest Now

Returns for Tata India Tax Savings Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 18 Oct 19

DurationReturns
1 Month 6.5%
3 Month 0.3%
6 Month 1.6%
1 Year 15.8%
3 Year 9.2%
5 Year 13.3%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 12.9%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2018 -8.4%
2017 46%
2016 2.1%
2015 13.3%
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
Fund Manager information for Tata India Tax Savings Fund
NameSinceTenure
Rupesh Patel1 Apr 153.84 Yr.
Ennette Fernandes18 Jun 180.62 Yr.

Data below for Tata India Tax Savings Fund as on 31 Aug 19

Equity Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Financial Services42.52%
Technology10.66%
Industrials9.47%
Consumer Cyclical8.59%
Consumer Defensive7.1%
Health Care6.51%
Energy5.16%
Basic Materials3.64%
Real Estate0.83%
Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash5.53%
Equity94.47%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
ICICI Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 30 Nov 16 | ICICIBANK
9%₹164 Cr4,015,000
HDFC Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 28 Feb 10 | HDFCBANK
8%₹143 Cr641,000
↑ 81,000
Infosys Ltd (Technology)
Equity, Since 30 Sep 18 | INFY
8%₹137 Cr1,680,000
State Bank of India (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 30 Nov 18 | SBIN
6%₹103 Cr3,750,000
↑ 650,000
Axis Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 Aug 18 | 532215
5%₹100 Cr1,500,000
Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 30 Jun 17 | HDFC
4%₹74 Cr340,000
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd (Financial Services)
Equity, Since 31 May 15 | KOTAKBANK
4%₹71 Cr495,000
Reliance Industries Ltd (Energy)
Equity, Since 31 Jan 18 | RELIANCE
3%₹62 Cr500,000
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (Technology)
Equity, Since 31 Jul 18 | TCS
3%₹56 Cr250,000
(A) Treps
CBLO/Reverse Repo | -
3%₹56 Cr

PPF Or Public Provident Fund

PPF or Public Provident Fund is a tax-free investment option that is backed by the Central Government of India. PPF came into existence in 1968 by the Ministry of Finance. Public Provident Fund aims to provide financial security to people post-retirement. The government of India launched PPF in order to help people inculcate the habit of saving and also plan their retirement well in advance. PPF is one of the best tax saving investments as the interest earned on deposits are not taxable. Moreover, the investments are liable for tax deductions under section 80C of Income Tax Act.

Tax Saving FD Or Fixed Deposit

tax saving FD or Fixed Deposits are financial instruments that are provided by banks for a fixed period of time. The interest rate of FD varies from 4% to 8% (according to the investment tenure). Usually, it is seen that higher the period of investment higher is the rate of interest on FD and vice versa. Though FD is a tax saving and safe investment, the interest earned on them is fully taxable as per the Income Tax Act. Furthermore, if the rate of interest on FD is above INR 10,000, banks deduct a TDS @ 10% p.a.

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NPS Or National Pension Scheme

NPS or National Pension Scheme is a tax saving investment option formulated by the Central Government of India to help people save tax while saving for retirement. As per the National Pension Scheme, one can open a personal retirement account where they can save a pension corpus during their working life. Apart from Retirement planning, investments upto 50,000 under NPS are liable for deductions under section 80 CCD (1B). Under section 80C of Income Tax Act, tax deductions upto 1,50,000 are liable on investments in a National Pension Scheme. This makes NPS one of the best tax saving investments in India.

National Saving Certificate (NSC)

National Saving Certificate (NSC) is a good Tax Saving Scheme to invest in. NSC interest rates are set in the month of April every year. The current interest rate of NSC is 7.9% p.a. Investments up to INR 1,00,000 per year are eligible for IT rebate under the Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. You can invest in NSC through your local post office as well.

Employee Provident Fund (EPF)

Employee Provident Fund or EPF is typically deducted from the salary of an individual which includes 12% of their basic salary. The employer also contributes the similar percentage of which 3.7% goes to the EPF and the remaining 8.3% goes towards the pension fund. It is a defined benefit scheme with interest rates being set every year. The interest rate was 8.8% p.a. for the year 2015-2016. There is no tax at the time of making the investment in EPF. Also, the interest earned is also tax-free. At the time of retirement, individuals can withdraw the entire amount in the account.

ULIP Or Unit Linked Insurance Policy

Unit-linked insurance Policy is an insurance policy that works an insurance cover along with offering market linked returns. Under a ULIP, some part of your investment is invested in Mutual Funds (Equity, Balanced or Debt fund) and the remaining is contributed towards your life cover. One can save tax by investing in ULIP under Sections 80C, 80CCC and 80D of the Income Tax Act. Moreover, the interests that are earned on your ULIP investment are tax-free. Also, under section 10 (10D), tax-free maturity benefits are available as well. When choosing an investment, people usually tend to choose it just to avail tax benefits. Ideally, the investors should look for certain factors before investing. Some of those include maximum tax saving, low-cost investment, substantial returns etc. So, understand the tax saving investments well and then invest.

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