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What Is National Savings Certificates?

Mr. C.S. Sudheer | Updated On Monday, November 07,2016, 06:35 PM
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What Is National Savings Certificates?

“An investor without investment objectives is like a traveler without a destination.”

                                                                                                                                                                   Ralph Seger

Yes….before you invest your hard earned money, it is wise to study the investment. What does this mean? Simple….get to know the investment, before it is too late. A highly popular financial investment….NSC…popularly called National Saving Certificate. Your investment in NSC, fetches you tax benefits under Section 80C. There’s more…If you are a conservative investor, (you do not like risk in your investment), then NSC is an excellent investment.

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What is NSC?

NSC, popularly called National Saving Certificate, is a popular post office tax saving scheme. You invest your money in the NSC and receive an NSC certificate, containing the particulars (details) of your investment. The National Saving Certificate, is a risk free investment. The money you invest is safe and you get interest on your investment. Your NSC has a maturity tenure of 5 years.You can make an investment in the NSC, at the nearest post office. You can even transfer your investment, from one post office branch to another. You can nominate your investment in the NSC, to your heirs, after your death.

Why is NSC a great investment?

  • You can invest in the NSC, with a minimum of just INR 100. There is no upper limit for your investment in the NSC.
  • You get a tax deduction under Section 80C, up to INR 1.5 Lakhs a year, on your investment in the NSC. The interest you earn is taxed. The interest accrues annually, but is deemed reinvested. You can avail a Section 80C deduction, on the interest which is re-invested.
  • You can avail a loan against your investment in the NSC, by submitting NSC certificate as a security. The interest rate charged on this loan, is lesser than interest charged on a personal loan.
  • You get a higher rate of interest on your investment in the NSC, than in a fixed deposit.
  • You have changed your job and relocated to another city. You have left your investment in the NSC, back at the post office, near your home. You can easily transfer your investment in the NSC, to a post office near your place of work. You have a provision of NSC transfer, among post offices.

What is the interest you get on the NSC?

The interest you get on the NSC, is compounded half yearly. It gets deposited into your account, every year. You earn an interest of 8% per annum, compounded half yearly. This interest rate is from 1st October 2016 to December 31st 2016.

Can an NRI invest in the NSC?

No, an NRI cannot invest in the NSC. However if an NRI has invested in the NSC, before becoming an NRI, he can encash the NSC, after the maturity.

What is NSC V111 Issue?

  • If you are looking for an investment which is very good for a conservative investor, gives excellent tax benefits and is very safe, then NSC V111 issue is a very good investment.
  • The NSC V111 issue, has a maturity period of 5 years.
  • If you are a resident Indian citizen, you can invest in the NSC V111 issue. HUF’s (Hindu Undivided Families) and NRI’s are not allowed to invest in NSC V111 issue.
  • You can avail a loan against NSC V111 issue, called loan against security.
  • Nomination facilities are available if you are an investor in NSC V111 issue.
  • There is no maximum limit for your investment in NSC V111 issue.
  • You earn an interest of 8% per annum, compounded half yearly, on your investment in NSC V111 issue.

Tax saving through NSC

You get a tax deduction under Section 80C, up to INR 1.5 Lakhs a year, for your investment in the NSC. The interest you earn from your NSC is taxable. However this interest is not paid to you, each year. It is reinvested at the same interest rate. You get Section 80C tax deductions, on the interest which has been reinvested.

Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.” Your investment in NSC, gives slow and steady returns. It also saves you tax. Sure….an investment in NSC, lacks the glamour of an investment in equity. But, it does get you to your financial goals. If you are the slow and steady kind….Think NSC.

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Mr. C.S. Sudheer

Mr C.S.Sudheer is a management graduate. He started his career with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance and later on worked with Howden India. After his brief stint in Howden India, he moved on and incorporated Suvision Holdings Pvt Ltd which is the sole promoter of IndianMoney.com. He aims to build a nation that is financially literate with investment savvy citizens.

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