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Business News/ Brand Stories / Retire Rich, Retire Smart: Unlocking the Tax Benefits of National Pension System

Retire Rich, Retire Smart: Unlocking the Tax Benefits of National Pension System

Beyond its core purpose of retirement planning, the NPS provides attractive tax benefits, enriching individuals' financial portfolio and fostering long-term financial well-being

The NPS offers a pathway towards securing a stable income stream during retirement years.Premium
The NPS offers a pathway towards securing a stable income stream during retirement years.

In today's diverse investment landscape, opportunities abound from blue-chip stocks to emerging crypto currencies. Amidst the quest for financial independence and early retirement, governmental schemes like the National Pension System (NPS) stand as hidden gems often overlooked. Initiated in 2004 by the Government of India, the NPS offers a pathway towards securing a stable income stream during retirement years. Beyond its core purpose of retirement planning, the NPS provides attractive tax benefits, enriching individuals' financial portfolio and fostering long-term financial well-being.

Understanding NPS and its Appeal

The National Pension System (NPS), rolled out by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), is a Government-sponsored pension scheme accessible to all Indian citizens. Any citizen of India, whether resident, non-resident, or an Overseas Citizen of India, between 18 and 70 years of age, is eligible to open an NPS account. Facilitating easy access and participation, StockHolding serves as a Point of Presence (POP) for NPS.

The NPS is described by the Indian government itself as low cost, simple, flexible, and portable, offering a structured avenue for retirement planning and financial security. 

  • Low Cost: Compared to traditional investment options, NPS has relatively low administrative and fund management charges. This translates to a larger portion of contributions being invested, ultimately growing the retirement corpus.
  • Simple: Opening an NPS account is a straightforward process that can be done online or through designated Point of Presence (POP) service providers like Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited.
  • Flexible: NPS provides the flexibility to choose the contribution amount within the permissible limits. NPS offers two tiers: Tier-I is mandatory for regular contributions and restricts withdrawals until retirement, while Tier-II allows for more flexibility with contributions and withdrawals. This caters to different saving preferences.
  • Portable: Unlike some employer-sponsored retirement plans, NPS accounts are portable. One can retain their NPS account and continue contributing irrespective of job changes. This ensures continuity in retirement savings.

Benefits: Savings under NPS

The NPS also boasts a unique tax incentive structure, making it an attractive option for individuals. Here's a breakdown of the key tax benefits that can be unlocked:

  • Deduction under Section 80CCD(1): Contributions made towards Tier-I NPS accounts qualify for tax deductions under Section 80CCD(1) of the Income Tax Act. This deduction is capped at 10% of salary (basic + dearness allowance) for salaried individuals and 10% of gross total income for self-employed individuals. Capped at a maximum of 1.5 lakhs, this helps reduce the taxable income, leading to significant tax savings.
  • Additional tax benefit: NPS offers an additional tax advantage under Section 80CCD(1B). The individual can claim a deduction of up to Rs. 50,000 over and above the Section 80C limit, providing a significant boost to retirement savings and further reducing the tax liability.
  • Tax benefits to Corporate Subscribers: Additional tax benefit is available to subscribers under corporate sector, u/s 80CCD(2) of Income Tax Act. Employer’s contribution (for the benefits of employee) up to 10% of salary (Basic + DA) is deductible from taxable income up to 7.5 Lakh.
  • Tax benefits on partial withdrawal: Partial withdrawals from NPS are exempt from tax when the amount withdrawn is up to 25% of self-contribution, subject to the criteria prescribed by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) under section 10(12B). 
  • Lump sum and annuity benefits: One of the most attractive features of the NPS is that it offers tax-free withdrawals and annuity payments upon retirement. At the time of retirement, subscribers can withdraw up to 60% of their corpus as a lump sum, which is entirely tax-free. The remaining 40% must be utilized to purchase an annuity, which provides a regular income stream post-retirement. The annuity purchase upon retirement is exempt from tax under Section 80CCD(5). However, the subsequent income received from annuity is taxable under Section 80CCD(3).

Building a Secure Retirement Income Stream: Why NPS Matters

Beyond the tax benefits, the NPS plays a crucial role in providing a secure and stable income stream during retirement. By contributing regularly to the NPS over the years, individuals can build a substantial corpus that ensures financial independence and peace of mind in their post-retirement years. Moreover, the flexibility offered by the NPS in terms of investment options and choice of pension fund managers allows subscribers to tailor their investment strategy according to their risk appetite and financial goals.

To maximize tax savings and optimize retirement savings through the NPS, it is essential to adopt a strategic approach. 

  • Start Early: The power of compounding works wonders when it comes to long-term investments like the NPS. Starting early allows one to accumulate a larger corpus over time, thereby ensuring a comfortable retirement.
  • Invest Wisely: Choose the investment options and pension fund managers wisely based on risk profile and financial objectives. Diversify the portfolio to mitigate risk and maximize returns.
  • Avail of Tax Benefits: Take full advantage of the tax benefits available under Sections 80CCD(1), 80CCD(1B) and 80 CCD(2) [only for corporate subscribers]  to reduce taxable income and save on taxes.
  • Opt for Voluntary Contributions: Consider making voluntary contributions to the NPS account to accelerate retirement savings and avail of additional tax benefits.

Choosing a Retirement Companion

Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited helps simplify the process of availing the tax benefits and making the most of NPS. The expertise of StockHolding lies in helping you leverage the scheme effectively for a secure and tailored retirement plan.

StockHolding helps you understand the NPS investment options and makes you aware about the different investment choices, asset classes and asset allocation patterns. This would help you to select suitable fund or asset allocation based on your age, risk tolerance and retirement goals. With access to retirement planning tools, StockHolding helps you project your future income needs and determine the optimal NPS contribution amount to achieve your desired retirement lifestyle. Even after your retirement, the team can assist you with navigating the process of withdrawing your accumulated corpus or opting for an annuity post-retirement.

StockHolding can help corporates benefit from the NPS by way of a streamlined onboarding process for employees, a dedicated team managing accounts, contribution collection and remittance services, and payroll integration for automatic deductions. Additionally, employers can enjoy tax benefits under Section 80CCD(2) while offering NPS workshops to educate their workforce about this valuable retirement savings scheme.

Amit Dassi, Vice President of Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited, emphasizes, “We are committed to simplifying retirement planning for individuals and corporations alike. Our expertise in the NPS ensures that clients maximize tax benefits while building a secure retirement plan tailored to their needs. Whether planning individually or implementing NPS benefits for your employees, our dedicated team is here to guide you every step of the way."


The National Pension System offers a compelling combination of retirement planning opportunities and tax benefits for investors in India. By understanding the tax advantages of NPS contributions, adopting a strategic approach to investment and choosing the right service provider like Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited, individuals and corporations can unlock newfound value and secure their financial future with confidence. StockHolding is committed to being the trusted partner in your financial planning and investment journey. 

Disclaimer: This article has been produced on behalf of Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited by HT Brand Studio. The content is for information purposes only and doesn't constitute financial advice.

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Published: 08 Apr 2024, 11:01 AM IST
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