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New Pension Scheme: A better way to save tax


Posted Date: 25-Sep-2010  Last Updated:   Category: Banking    
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Here is brief explanation about New Pension Scheme and how tax can be saved by investing in NPS (New Pension Scheme).



After Direct Tax Code (DTC), New Pension Scheme could be a better option of investment to save tax. This is because DTC has proposed to include NPS in Section 80C.

You need to open a tire one account for NPS and have to do regular contribution in it till retirement. The investor can take the 60% of his total pension amount outright at the time of retirement. He has to invest the rest of 40% amount in the annual plan of any insurance company. Thus the investor gets the regular amount as pension at the monthly or quarterly or half-yearly or annual intervals.

Any person, whose is between the ages of 18 to 55 years, can open NPS account. Retirement age is 60 years. The investor can wind up this plan even before his retirement but such has to invest 80% of pension amount in annual plan. He can take only rest of 20% outright.

The investor also has the option to open tire 2 account in which he can do voluntary savings. But for this, you must have tire one account.

The government has set up Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) for the surveillance of NPS. The investor can get the registration form from its website or from Point Of Presence (POP). There are 22 registered POP's in India. A person can take the form or other services from its branches.

Central Recordkeeping Agency allots a permanent retirement account number (PRAN) to the investor after he submits the form in POP. Investor is also allotted a telephone password and an internet password. With the help of these passwords, the investor can get the whole information about his account.

The investor has to invest minimum Rs. 500 or Rs. 6000 on annual basis at the time of registration. He has to make contribution al least once in three months. However, there is no restriction on the number of investments done in a year.

The government has presented an attractive scheme by the name of 'swawlamban' (Independence) for the people of lower strata. Under this, the government will deposit Rs. 1000 each year for next 3 years in the NPS account of investor opened in 2010-2011. but this benefit will e available to only those account holders whose minimum contribution is Rs. 1000 or Rs. 12,000 per annum.
PFRDA has authorized seven companies for Pension Fund Management in present, which includes LIC, SBI, UTI, IDFC, ICICI, Reliance and Kotak. Investor also has the option to decide the proportion among equity, loan and balanced fund in which the investment would be invested. But a person can invest a maximum of 50% only in equity fund.
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