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PPF: Triple advantage of Public Provident Fund— explained

The Public Provident Fund (PPF) in India offers a secure long-term savings avenue with guaranteed interest rates and income tax deductions under Section 80C. It also helps build a retirement corpus

Triple advantage of PPF: The Public Provident Fund is India's favoured long-term savings avenue.Premium
Triple advantage of PPF: The Public Provident Fund is India's favoured long-term savings avenue.

The Public Provident Fund (PPF) is India's favoured long-term savings avenue. It offers investors a triple advantage: First, it is a secure long-term savings scheme with a guaranteed interest rate. Second, the contributions made to a PPF account qualify for tax deductions under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, providing additional financial benefits to investors. Third, it helps build a retirement corpus.

The current PPF interest rate is 7.1%, which the government has maintained without alteration over recent years. Individuals can initiate a PPF account at any bank or local post office, with a prerequisite deposit of at least 500 annually. The maximum allowable deposit into a PPF account is capped at Rs. 1.5 lakh. A PPF account matures after 15 years.

Let's take a look at the Triple advantage of the Public Provident Fund

1) PPF offers guaranteed returns

PPF is an attractive investment option. "Initially, it furnishes a secure and low-risk pathway for long-term savings, featuring a competitive interest rate compounded annually, and backed by government guarantee, thus assuring capital safety," remarked Edul Patel, CEO of Mudrex.

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2) PPF helps save taxes

Many Indians like to invest in the Public Provident Fund (PPF), which is known for helping people save on taxes and build up their retirement funds.

"Under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, individuals can avail deductions of up to INR 1.5 lakh annually for their contributions to a PPF account," explained Dr Ravi Singh, SVP - Retail Research, Religare Broking Ltd.

"PPF investments boast remarkable tax efficiency," noted Edul Patel. "Contributions qualify for deductions under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, interest earned remains tax-free, and the maturity amount enjoys tax exemption. This blend of safety, favourable returns, and tax advantages positions PPF as the preferred choice for risk-averse investors seeking wealth accumulation and tax efficiency," he added.

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3)PPF helps in building retirement corpus

The PPF is a great way to save for retirement because it requires a 15-year lock-in period. This encourages long-term savings and takes advantage of the compounding effect.

"The scheme offers controlled low-interest rates overseen by the government, fostering substantial growth over time. Its government backing ensures safety, rendering it an ideal option for risk-averse buyers. With flexible payment options, individuals can adjust their savings according to their financial circumstances, promoting disciplined saving habits. Additionally, the minimum annual contribution requirement in the PPF reinforces disciplined saving practices. Moreover, the scheme provides liquidity by enabling borrowing from the third year onwards and partial withdrawals from the seventh year," explained Ravi Singh.

Overall, the PPF is a great way to save money on taxes while building up a significant retirement fund. It combines safety, tax efficiency, and long-term growth, an integral part of intelligent financial planning.

Disclaimer: The views and recommendations made above are those of individual analysts, and not of Mint. We advise investors to check with certified experts before taking any investment decisions.

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Published: 30 May 2024, 01:59 PM IST
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