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Top income tax-saving investments option to consider before 31 March. Check here

Optimize tax-saving strategies by evaluating investments and contributing to options like LIC policies, PPF, FDs, Tax Saver Mutual Funds, NPS, and health insurance premiums. Leverage home loan deductions to lower taxable income effectively

As the end of the financial year approaches, it becomes essential to make well-informed decisions about tax-saving investments before the March 31 deadline.Premium
As the end of the financial year approaches, it becomes essential to make well-informed decisions about tax-saving investments before the March 31 deadline.

Every year, our employers remind us to start planning our taxes. While taxes are often seen as a financial burden, what can make it even more stressful is a lack of understanding about tax planning. Many taxpayers find it challenging to incorporate tax-saving strategies into their financial plans.

As the end of the financial year approaches, it becomes essential to make well-informed decisions about tax-saving investments before the March 31 deadline, especially for those who opt for the old tax regime. Simply allocating funds randomly to any tax-saving option is not recommended.

Experts list out a strategic approach to make the most of available options:

Assess Existing Section 80C Investments

“Evaluate current investments like insurance premiums, EPF contributions, etc. Deduct this from the 1.5 lakh limit to know the remaining eligible amount," said Abhishek Soni, CEO and Co-founder of Tax2win

Popular Section 80C Options

Consider LIC policies, PPF, Fixed Deposits, and Tax Saver Mutual Funds.

National Pension System (NPS)

Contributions to NPS are eligible for tax deductions under Section 80CCD(1B) over and above the limit of Section 80C. Additionally, taxpayers can claim an additional deduction of up to Rs. 50,000 under this section.

“For saving further tax you can consider putting up to 50,000 every year in an NPS account to claim an exclusive deduction under Section 80 CCD(1B). This will take your deduction to 2 lakh," said Mumbai-based tax and investment expert Balwant Jain.

Health Insurance

Premiums paid towards health insurance policies for self, spouse, children, and parents are eligible for tax deductions under Section 80D.

“Medical insurance premium to be claimed at Rs. 50,000. ( 25,000 for self-spouse and children and 25,000 for dependent parents below 60 years). Claim medical insurance premium paid up to a maximum of 1,00,000 per annum if availed for senior citizens. If senior citizens are not covered under any health insurance, then medical expenditure incurred can be claimed under 80D up to 50,000," said Clear founder and CEO Archit Gupta.

Interest paid on a home loan

Interest paid on a home loan can be claimed as a deduction under section 24 up to 2 lakh.

As per Archit Gupta, Section 80EE also allows you to claim a deduction of up to 50,000 on home loan interest which is over and above the limit of section 24. 

A home loan would also help you in reducing your taxable income as the principal portion of the home loan can be claimed under Section 80C up to 1.5 lakh and the interest portion can be claimed as a deduction from income from house property, added Gupta.

By strategically leveraging these options that are aligned with your financial goals, you can optimize tax-saving investments before the deadline. Consulting a tax expert can offer personalized advice.

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: 12 Mar 2024, 02:47 PM IST
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