Tax saving fixed deposits or tax saving FD can be a good solution for investors looking for safe and convenient tax saving schemes. It is an easy and secure tax saving instrument which will help you in your Tax Planning. tax saver FD is a financial avenue where you can invest and save tax under the Section 80C of the Income Tax Act.
Tax saving FD is a type of debt investment and is safer than the equity-based tax saving instruments like ELSS schemes. Also, the returns of the tax saver FD are guaranteed (up to INR 1 lakh) contractually by the post office or bank depending on where you invest. These returns are fixed for the duration of the FD. The tax saving FD Interest Rates vary from lender to lender (banks and post office). SBI Tax Saving Scheme 2006, HDFC Bank Tax Saver FD, Axis Bank Tax Saver Fixed Deposit etc. are among the popular tax saver deposit schemes in the market.
Let us look at the key highlights of the tax saver FD -
Presently, the banks are offering the interest rates in the range of
6.75% to 6.90% p.a. for the general public. On the other hand, the Post Office tax saving FD interest rate is around
7.8% p.a. As you can observe, Post Office offer higher interest rates than banks but these rates will be reviewed by the Government from 1st April 2017.
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Let us look at the interest rates offered by the above-mentioned banks in case of tax saving FD
|Bank||Tax Saving FD Scheme||General Rate of Interest||Rate of Interest for Senior Citizen|
|ICICI Bank ICICI Bank||Tax Saver Fixed Deposit||7.50% per annum||8.00% per annum|
|Axis Bank Axis Bank||Tax Saver Fixed Deposit||7.25% per annum||7.75% per annum|
|State Bank of India (SBI)||SBI Tax Saving Scheme 2006||7.00% per annum||7.25% per annum|
|HDFC Bank||HDFC Bank Tax Saver Fixed Deposit||7.50% per annum||8.00% per annum|
|IDBI Bank||Suvidha Tax Saving Fixed Deposit Scheme||7.50% per annum||8.00% per annum|Fund NAV Net Assets (Cr) 3 MO (%) 6 MO (%) 1 YR (%) 3 YR (%) 5 YR (%) 2018 (%) Tata India Tax Savings Fund Growth ₹18.1907
₹1,598 7.1 12.7 2.7 14.9 -8.4 IDFC Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund Growth ₹56.91
₹1,741 7.1 8 -4 15.7 17 -9.4 DSP BlackRock Tax Saver Fund Growth ₹48.715
₹4,740 8.2 13.1 5 15.1 17.8 -7.6 Principal Tax Savings Fund Growth ₹212.45
₹371 5.1 7.7 -1.6 16 16.6 -9.2 L&T Tax Advantage Fund Growth ₹54.105
₹3,074 3.2 2.3 -4.1 14.2 15.3 -8.1 Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 16 Apr 19
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