Public Provident Fund (PPF)
PPF is a long-term, government-backed small savings scheme of the Central government started with the objective of providing old age income security to the workers in the unorganised sector and self-employed individuals.The Public Provident Fund Scheme is a statutory scheme of the Central Government of India. The PPF scheme is operated through Post Office and Nationalized banks. PPF account can be opened either in Post Office or in a Bank. Account is transferable from one Post office to another and from Post office to Bank and from Bank to Post office.
This is best scheme for long term investment with tax free returns.
How it works
This Scheme is fixed for a period of 15 years with a rate of interest of 8% compounded annually. The minimum deposit is 500/- and maximum is Rs. 70,000/- in one financial year. To continue the account its mandatory to deposit a minimum amount of Rs. 500/- each year. The account holder has an option to extend the PPF account for any period in a block of 5 years on each time.
Further the deposit can be in lump sum or in convenient installments, not more than 12 Installments in a year or two installments in a month subject to total deposit of Rs.70,000/-.
Also deposits in PPF qualify for rebate under section 80-C of Income Tax Act and the interest earned is also tax free.
Example – If an individual invest Rs 10,000/- every year in PPF account for a period of 15 yrs, the maturity amount will be Rs 293,243, hence the amount invested in 15 years (Rs 150,000) is approximately doubled at the end of tenure.
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