Monday, 30 March 2015

Procedure to take loan against Public Provident Fund (PPF) account

It is possible to take loan against the PPF account subject to certain rules and certain limitation on the amount of loan.

Rules for taking loan against PPF account

A subscriber can avail a loan on his / her PPF deposit any time after the completion of one year from the end of the financial year in which initial subscription was made but before the expiry of five years from the end of the financial year in which the initial subscription was made.

For example -

A subscriber has opened an account in January 2010 that means PPF account is opened in the financial year 2009-10. End of the financial year would be 31st March, 2010. Completion of one year from the end of the financial year means 31st March, 2011. So subscriber will be eligible to take loan from April 1, 2011.
Expiry of five years from the end of the financial year in which the initial subscription was made means five years from 31st March, 2010. That will come to 31st March, 2015. Which means subscriber will be eligible for a loan from April 1st, 2011 to 31st March, 2015.

Why this rule?

If some readers are wondering why till 5 years why not beyond that? Answer is, after five years subscriber is eligible for partial withdrawal so no need to take loan.

Read: What are the PPF partial withdrawal rules?

Loan Amount

There is a limit on the amount that can be taken as loan from the PPF account which is as;
The loan amount will be limited to 25% of the balance outstanding to the subscriber's credit at the end of the second year immediately preceding the financial year in which the loan is requested.

For example-

A subscriber requesting a loan in April 2011 will be eligible for 25% of the amount that stood to his credit as on March 31, 2010.

Interest rate charged on the loan

Rate charged on loan is 2% above the rate of return on PPF. Since the current rate of interest on PPF is 8.7% so the rate of interest charged on loan would be 10.7%.

Required document for loan

  • Form D.
  • Pass Book.

Condition for second loan

A subscriber shall not be entitled to get a fresh loan so long as earlier loan has not been repaid in full together with interest thereon. Duration for the second loan should also fall in the same duration -
After the completion of one financial year and before the expiry of five financial years.

Loan against Minor's PPF account

Loan can be taken from the Minor's account. In that case the following section in the loan form (Form D) has to be filled. "Certified that the amount sought to be withdrawn is required for the use of _____________________________________________ who is alive and is still a Minor"

Repayment of loan

The loan is repayable in 36 months. First the principal amount and then the interest in the following order.

  • The principal amount of the loan shall be repaid by the subscriber before the expiry of thirty six months from the first day of the month following the month in which the loan is sanctioned. The repayment may be made either in one lump sum or in two or more monthly installments within the prescribed period of thirty six months. The repayment will be credited to the subscriber’s account.
  • After the principal of the loan is fully repaid, the subscriber shall pay interest thereon in not more than two monthly installments. The interest will be charged for the period commencing from the first day of the month following the month in which the loan is drawn up to the last day of the month in which the last installment of the loan is repaid.
If the loan is not paid at all or is repaid only in part within the prescribed period of thirty six months, interest on the amount of loan outstanding shall be charged at six per cent per annum from the first day of the month following the month in which the loan was obtained to the last day of the month in which the loan is finally repaid. Total duration given for paying both principal and interest is thirty-six months.

Reference Download

SBI form D

Points to note -

  • Loan from PPF account is allowed after the completion of one financial year and before the expiry of five financial years.
  • Loan facility ceases to exist as soon as the PPF account is eligible for partial withdrawals.
  • Loan can be taken from minor's PPF account too.
  • Loan (principal + interest) has to be repaid with in 36 months.
  • Interest rate charged is 2% above the rate of return on PPF.

That's all for this topic Procedure to take loan against Public Provident Fund (PPF) account. If you have any doubt or any suggestions to make please drop a comment. Thanks!


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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Public Provident Fund (PPF) partial withdrawal rules

Though PPF is supposed to be a long term investment vehicle where the entire amount in the PPF account could be withdrawn only on maturity (i.e. After completion of 15 years. Read: What is the duration of PPF account?). However, in case of financial emergency subscriber may opt for partial withdrawals from his account subject to certain rules.

Eligibility for PPF partial withdrawal

When subscriber is eligible to withdraw can be explained in two ways, though they both mean the same thing.

  • Anytime after the expiry of five years from the end of the financial year in which the initial subscription is made, one withdrawal, once a year, is allowed.

    As Exp. An account opened in January 2010 will be eligible for partial withdrawal from April, 2015. To explain it further, as I said above - from the end of the financial year in which the initial subscription is made. If the account is opened in Jan, 2010 so the end of the financial year would be 31st Mar, 2010. Expiry of five years from the end of the financial year can be counted as -

    • Apr, 2010 – Mar, 2011.
    • Apr, 2011 – Mar, 2012.
    • Apr, 2012 – Mar, 2013.
    • Apr, 2013 – Mar, 2014.
    • Apr, 2014 – Mar, 2015.
    Thus partial withdrawal will be allowed from April, 2015.
  • The second way to say the same thing is one withdrawal, once a year, is allowed from the beginning of 7th year. If we take the same example where account is opened in January, 2010 the subscriber will be eligible for partial withdrawal from April, 2015. Since the account is opened in Jan, 2010 which means financial year 2009-2010. Now, if we count till the beginning of the seventh year that count will go like -
    • Apr, 2009 – Mar, 2010.
    • Apr, 2010 – Mar, 2011.
    • Apr, 2011 – Mar, 2012.
    • Apr, 2012 – Mar, 2013.
    • Apr, 2013 – Mar, 2014.
    • Apr, 2014 – Mar, 2015.

    So the beginning of the 7th year in this case would be Apr, 2015.

Amount that can be withdrawn

The amount that can be withdrawn is subject to the following rule -

Subscriber can withdraw an amount not exceeding the lower of:

  • 50% of the balance at the end of the 4th immediately preceding year.
  • 50% of the balance at the end of the immediately preceding year.

Lets's see it with an example -

For a partial withdrawal requested in April 2015, the amount of withdrawal will be limited to 50% of the lower of the balances standing to subscriber's credit as on -

  • March 31, 2012 (4th immediately preceding year).
  • March 31, 2015 (immediately preceding year).

Points to note -

  • PPF maturity duration is 15 years.
  • Pre-mature closure of a PPF account is permissible only in case of death.
  • Partial withdrawal is available from the starting of the 7th financial year after the initial subscription is made.
  • One withdrawal once a year is allowed.

That's all for this topic Public Provident Fund (PPF) partial withdrawal rules. If you have any doubt or any suggestions to make please drop a comment. Thanks!


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Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSY) Pre-mature closure and Partial Withdrawal rules

Though the duration of the Sukanya Samriddhi Account is 21 years from the date of the opening of the account except for the case when the marriage of the account holder (girl child) takes place before the completion of those 21 years, then the account has to be closed.

Pre-mature closure of the account

There are two scenarios when the account can be closed prematurely

Untimely death of the account holder

In the unfortunate event of death of the account holder (girl child), the account shall be closed immediately on production of death certificate issued by the competent authority. In that case the balance at the credit of the account shall be paid along with the accrued interest till the month preceding the month of premature closure of the account, to the guardian of the account holder.

Hardship to the account holder

The other case when Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account can be closed prematurely is when the central government is satisfied that operation of the account or continuation of the account is causing undue hardship to the account holder (guardian). Authorities may allow pre-mature closure of the SSY account only in cases of extreme compassionate grounds such as medical support in life threatening diseases, death etc. The application for pre-mature closure in this case has to be given with the proper reason.

Pre-mature withdrawal rules

Pre-mature withdrawal is permitted, to meet the financial requirements of the account holder for the purpose of -

  • Higher education
  • Marriage
In those two cases partial withdrawal up to fifty percent of the balance at the credit, at the end of preceding financial year shall be allowed. This partial withdrawal will be allowed only when the account holder girl child attains the age of eighteen years.

Let's clarify it with an example - If an account is opened for a girl child whose birth date is 10th Aug 2014 then her 18th birthday would be on Aug 10th 2032. Now if fifty percent withdrawal is requested then the sanctioned amount would be the fifty percent of the amount in the SSY account as of 31st march, 2032.

Points to note -

  • Pre-mature closure of the account is permitted in case of the death of the account holder or when it is causing extreme hardship to the depositor to carry on the operation of the account.
  • Partial withdrawal up to 50% is permitted in case of higher education or marriage of the girl child.
  • Partial withdrawal is allowed only when the account holder girl child attains the age of eighteen years.
  • After the marriage of the girl child SSY account has to be closed.

That's all for this topic Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSY) Pre-mature closure and Partial Withdrawal rules. If you have any doubt or any suggestions to make please drop a comment. Thanks!


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Friday, 20 March 2015

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) account duration

The duration of the SSY account is 21 years. Please note that it is 21 years from the date of the opening of the account not when the girl attains the age of 21 years.

There is one exception to the rule - If the marriage of the account holder (girl child) takes place before the completion of those 21 years, then the account has to be closed. Operation of the account won't be permitted beyond the date of her marriage.

In the case of the closing of the account because of the marriage of the account holder, the account holder shall have to give an affidavit to the effect that she is not less than eighteen years of age as on the date of closing of the account, in that way it also ensures that at the time of marriage girl is at least 18 years old :).

Deposit for first 14 years only

Deposit in the Sukanya Samriddhi Account needs to be done for first 14 years only from the date of opening of the account, i.e. deposit of a minimum of Rs. 1,000 and a maximum of Rs. 1,50,000 has to be done for 14 years only, since the maturity of the account is after 21 years (apart from the exception of the marriage of the account holder) which means for the last 7 years of the SSY account no deposit has to be made. Account will keep earning the prevailing interest rate till it matures.

Closure of the account after maturity

On maturity of the Sukanya Samriddhi Account the principal along with the accrued interest shall be payable to the account holder on the production of -

  • Withdrawal Slip.
  • SSY passbook.

What if the Account is not closed at the time of maturity

In case account is not closed when it matures (i.e. after 21 years of opening of the account) , prevailing interest rate for the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana shall be payable on the balance in the account till final closure of the account.

Points to note -

  • The duration of SSY account is 21 years from the date of opening of the account.
  • It can be closed before that period of 21 years if girl is getting married before completion of that duration of 21 years. In that case Account holder has to submit an affidavit to the effect that she is not less than eighteen years of age as on the date of closing of the account
  • If account is not closed even after 21 years it will keep getting the prevailing rate of interest till it is finally closed.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Public Provident Fund (PPF) deposit rules

We do need to invest our savings in order to earn interest and maximize our returns. PPF, because of its flexibility, rate of return and benefit of tax deduction is one such financial product which should be part of everybody's investment portfolio. PPF is considered one of the safest long term investments with duration of 15 years. Since, money has to be invested in PPF account for the duration of 15 years at least (Read: PPF maturity options for more details), so it is very important to know three things -

  • What are the minimum and maximum deposit limits for PPF account so that PPF account doesn’t get discontinued and we get maximum returns out of our PPF account.
  • When to deposit in order to maximize the return.
  • What will happen if subscriber fails to deposit even the minimum deposit in any given year.

Deposit limit for PPF

With in a given financial year a minimum of Rs. 500 subject to a maximum of Rs.1.50 lakhs per annum may be deposited in a PPF account. The subscriber should not deposit more than Rs.1.50 lakhs per annum as the excess amount will neither earn any interest nor will be eligible for rebate under Income Tax Act.

How much to Deposit

The amount can be deposited in lump sum or in convenient installments not more than 12 Installments in a year subject to total deposit of Rs.1,50,000 with in a fiscal year.
It is not mandatory to make a deposit in every month of the year. The amount of deposit can be varied to suit the convenience of the account holders.
It is also not mandatory that the same amount must be deposited every year. If a person has funds he can deposit the maximum i.e. Rs 1,50,000. If in any given year person has shortage of funds then he can deposit what ever is possible, but at least Rs. 500. This flexibility of the investment makes PPF unique.

There is some confusion over if there is any restriction on the number of deposits done in a month. Bank of India PPF rules say two installments in a month. But I have also heard people saying they have made 4 deposits in a month. So please let me know if any body has any knowledge about any restriction on the number of monthly deposits.

I see it this way if a person has enough money to make more than 2 deposits in a month that too between the 1st and 5th of that month (Read: Why deposit should be made between 1st and 5th of any month), then person can very well club it in with in 2 deposits. If a person is making a third deposit after 5th, it would be better to make that deposit between the 1st and 5th of the next month.

When to deposit

The interest on balance in the PPF account is compounded annually and is credited at the end of the year. But the point to remember is that the interest calculation is done every month which means the interest is calculated on lowest balances in account between 5th and last day of the month. So, if one doesn't deposit on or before the 5th of a month, one doesn't earn interest for that month. (Read : How is the interest on the PPF calculated? for more details)

Deposits in Minor Account

The amounts deposited in one's own account and those of one's children and spouse can be deducted from income under section 80C but make sure that the total deposit in all those accounts doesn't cross the maximum limit of Rs. 1,50,000.

Discontinuation of PPF account

The minimum amount that has to be deposited in a PPF account with in a financial year is Rs. 500. If in any financial year subscriber fails to deposit that minimum amount, the account will be treated as discontinued.

If an account is discontinued the subscriber will not be entitled to obtain a loan or make a partial withdrawal unless the account is revived.

Please note that even if the PPF account is discontinued it will continue to earn interest.

How to revive a discontinued PPF account-

A discontinued PPF account can be revived by paying a default fee of Rs. 50 for each defaulted year, along with subscription arrears of Rs. 500 for each such year.

Points to note -

  • The deposits shall be in multiple of Rs.100 subject to minimum amount of Rs.500.
  • Maximum limit is Rs. 1,50,000 which is the current exemption limit, so if there is any increase in exemption limit then the maximum investment limit in the PPF account may increase too.
  • Failing to deposit minimum deposit requirement of Rs. 500 in a fiscal year will result in the discontinuation of the PPF account.
  • Failing to deposit minimum deposit requirement of Rs. 500 in a fiscal year will result in the discontinuation of the PPF account.
  • Discontinued account will still earn interest.
  • No loan or partial withdrawal is permitted if the account is discontinued.
  • Discontinued PPF account can be revived by paying the penalty and the subscription amount for the defaulted years.

That's all for this topic Public Provident Fund (PPF) deposit rules. If you have any doubt or any suggestions to make please drop a comment. Thanks!


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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) account interest rate

For the Financial Year 2015-16 government has declared Interest Rate of 9.2% on the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana. Please note that the interest rate is not fixed and linked to the government bond yield. SSY will offer 75 basis points higher than the 10-year government bond yield for the previous year.

Update: As per recent announcement rate of interest has been reduced to 8.6% for FY 2016-17. Also the rates are to be reviewed every three months so the rate of 8.6% is for the period April 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016. It will be reviewed on quarterly basis and may change every quarter.

Points to note -

  • Interest rate is not fixed and subject to change every year.
  • One of the highest rates of interest offered by Government on small savings scheme.
  • Interest is calculated on yearly basis and compounded yearly.
  • Interest earned is tax free.
  • PPF offers 25 basis points higher than the yield of 10-year government bonds where as SSY offers 75 basis points higher than the yield of 10-year government bonds so Sukanya Samriddhi Yoajana may always give a little higher return than PPF.

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Deposit rules for Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY)

The account can be opened with an initial deposit of minimum of Rs.1,000. Thereafter any amount in the multiples of Rs.100 may be deposited with a requirement of minimum deposit of Rs.1,000 and maximum deposit of Rs.1,50,000 in a financial year.

Read: How to open a Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account

There is no limit on number of deposits either in a month or in a Financial year subject to the maximum deposit of 1,50,000 in a financial year.

Mode of deposit

The deposit mode may be -

  • Cash
  • Cheque or demand draft drawn in favour of the Postmaster of the concerned post office or the Manager of the concerned bank where the account is opened. That cheque or DD needs to be endorsed on the back by depositor's signature and indicating the name of the account holder and the account number.
When deposit is done by cheque or demand draft, the date of encashment of the cheque or demand draft shall be the date of credit to the account.

Deposit for first 14 years only

Deposit in the Sukanya Samriddhi Account needs to be done for first 14 years only from the date of opening of the account, i.e. deposit of a minimum of Rs. 1,000 and a maximum of Rs. 1,50,000 has to be done for 14 years only, since the maturity of the account is after 21 years (apart from the exception of the marriage of the account holder) which means for the last 7 years of the SSY account no deposit has to be made. Account will keep earning the prevailing interest rate till it matures.

Read more about duaration of SSY: What is the duration of Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account?

Discontinuation of SSY Account

If minimum Rs. 1,000 is not deposited in a financial year, account will become discontinued and can be revived on a payment of a penalty of Rs. 50 per year along with minimum deposit amount (Rs. 1,000) for the year(s) of default.

Points to note -

  • Minimum deposit limit in a financial year is Rs. 1,000 and maximum limit is Rs. 1,50,000.
  • The maximum limit is linked to the exemption provided under Sec 80C, if exemption limit is increased under 80C maximum limit allowed under Sukanya Samriddhi Account may increase too.
  • In case of 2 accounts maximum contribution to both accounts combined should not exceed the maximum limit of Rs. 1,50,000.
  • Thought the SSY account matures after 21 years, but deposit has to be done for the first 14 years only
  • Failure to deposit the minimum specified amount of Rs. 1,000 in a financial year will lead to the discontinuation of account.

That's all for this topic Deposit rules for Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY). If you have any doubt or any suggestions to make please drop a comment. Thanks!


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Monday, 9 March 2015

Eligibility for opening a Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) account

Well, the biggest restriction is you have to be a parent of a girl child not older than 10 years :). OK apart from natural guardian(s), legal guardian(s) can also open an account but note that SSY account can be opened for a girl child only (no older than 10 years).

Grace Period

Only for this financial year a grace period of one year is provided. With this, a girl child who is born between Dec. 2nd, 2003 and Dec 1st, 2004 can open an account by Dec 1st, 2015 at the latest.

A parent can open an account for a maximum of two daughters, but the total investment in the two accounts cannot exceed Rs 1.5 lakh a year.

Third SSY account is permitted

Though natural or legal guardian(s) are allowed to open the account for two girl children only there is an exception to the rule. The third Sukanya Samriddhi Account is permitted in the event of birth of twin girls as second birth or if the first birth itself results in a triplet of girls. In this case, certificate from the competent medical authorities, where the twins or triplets were born, has to be produced.

Points to note -

  • Legal /natural guardian(s) can open account in the name of the girl child
  • Account can be opened only if the girl child is 10 years of age or less.
  • Grace period of one year provided only for this year (2015)
  • Budget 2015 has made this scheme quite attractive for the investors as the interest income has been exempted from tax.
  • In case one has a girl child less than 10 years of age and one already has a PPF account Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account should be opened and some amount should be deposited in it as it is also EEE and provides better interest rate than PPF (9.2% for 2015-2016 whereas for PPF it has been retained at 8.7%).

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Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) account opening

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account can be opened in any post office or designated branches of PSU banks with a minimum investment of Rs 1,000. Two Private banks are also authorised to open SSY account. There was a circular issued by RBI which provides the list of all the banks authorised to open SSY account.

List of Public Sector Banks

  1. Allahabad Bank
  2. Andhra Bank
  3. Bank of Baroda
  4. Bank of India
  5. Bank of Maharashtra
  6. Canara Bank
  7. Central Bank of India
  8. Corporation Bank
  9. Dena Bank
  10. IDBI Bank
  11. Indian Bank
  12. Indian Overseas Bank
  13. Oriental Bank of Commerce
  14. Punjab National Bank
  15. Punjab & Sind Bank
  16. State Bank of India
  17. State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur
  18. State Bank of Hyderabad
  19. State Bank of Mysore
  20. State Bank of Patiala
  21. State Bank of Travancore
  22. Syndicate Bank
  23. UCO Bank
  24. Union Bank of India
  25. United Bank of India
  26. Vijaya Bank

List of Private Sector Banks

  1. Axis Bank Ltd.
  2. ICICI Bank Ltd.

Document required for opening an account

  • Birth Certificate of the girl child.
  • Identity proof of the guardian.
  • Address proof of the guardian.

Passbook

On opening an account, the depositor shall be given a pass book bearing the date of birth of the girl child, date of opening of account, account number, name and address of the account holder and the amount deposited.

The pass book shall be presented to the post office or bank at the time of depositing money in the Sukanya Samriddhi Account and also at the time of final closure of the account on maturity.

Operation of Account

The account shall be opened and operated by the natural or legal guardian of a girl child till the girl child in whose name the account has been opened, attains the age of ten years.

On attaining age of ten years, the account holder (girl child) may herself operate the account. However, deposit in the accout may be made by the guardian or any other person or authority.

Best time to open a SSY account

The ideal age when the Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSY) should be opened for a girl child is before the child completes 1 year. Since Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana has been started as part of "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" campaign, it is clear that the primary aim of this scheme is investment in a girl's higher studies.
The duration of SSY is 21 years from the date of opening the account. (Read : What is the duration of Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account?) Along with an option for partial withdrawal of up to 50% only after the girl child attains the age of 18. (Read : What are the Pre-mature closure and partial withdrawal rules for Sukanya Samriddhi Account?)

It gives a clear indication that the idea is to support higher education and then marriage of the girl child. If we go by the common schooling pattern in India, where kids start going to a school at the age of 3, starting with 3 years of kindergarten followed by 12 years of schooling it makes 18 years when they can start for higher studies. Thus, having a restriction to partially withdraw money only after girl child completes 18 makes sense.
Again, if we go by the current marriage trends as depicted by the 2011 census - 92% of women were married by the time they reached 25 years of age (Source - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Census-2011-data-In-33-marriages-women-werent-18/articleshow/46790489.cms). Thus maturity of SSY after 21 years makes sense too.

Points to note -

  • One account per girl child is allowed. A parent can open maximum 2 accounts for 2 daughters.
  • See: Who is eligible for opening a Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account? For more details.
  • The account may be opened with an initial deposit of one thousand rupees.
  • If minimum Rs 1000/- is not deposited in a financial year, account will become discontinued.
  • Deposits in an account may be made till completion of fourteen years, from the date of opening of the account.

That's all for this topic Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) account opening. If you have any doubt or any suggestions to make please drop a comment. Thanks!


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Know about Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana

What is Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana?

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana was launched in January as part of the Prime Minister's Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative. It was already eligible for deduction under section 80C upto the maximum exemption limit of Rs. 1,50,000. Which means one can invest maximum Rs. 1,50,000 in Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana with in a financial year. Now in the budget FM has proposed to make the income from the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana scheme tax free i.e. interest earned and the maturity amount would not be taxed. Thus Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana becomes the another EEE saving scheme apart from PPF (Read: Why PPF is termed as EEE)

So lets view different scenarios -

  1. Who is eligible for opening a Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account?
  2. Where can I open a Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account?
  3. What is the rate of interest on Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account?
  4. What are the deposit rules for Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account?
  5. What is the duration of Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account?
  6. What are the Pre-mature closure and partial withdrawal rules for Sukanya Samriddhi Account?

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Where can I open a Public Provident Fund (PPF) account?

The PPF or Public Provident Fund is one of the most popular long-term investment options offered by the Central Government for Indian residents. PPF account can be opened in almost any PSU bank, though not all branches provide the facility so please check beforehand. Currently two private banks are authorized to open PPF account and ofcourse PPF account can be opened in any post office.

List of PSU banks offering PPF account

Bank Name PPF Form download URL
Allahabad Bank https://www.allahabadbank.in/pdf/PPF%20Account%20Opening%20FORM%20A.pdf
Andhra Bank http://andhrabank.in/Download/Forms/PPF_ACOPEN.pdf
Bank of Baroda http://www.bankofbaroda.co.in/forms.asp
Bank of India http://www.bankofindia.co.in/UserFiles/File/PPF_Form_A_ Account_Opening_Form.pdf
Bank of Maharashtra http://www.bankofmaharashtra.in/downloads.asp
Canara Bank http://www.canarabank.com/Upload/English/Content/FORM-A_%20%28PPF%20OPENING%29%281%29.pdf
Central Bank of India https://www.centralbankofindia.co.in/Site/downloadforms _des.aspx?downloadforms_id=1
Corporation Bank http://www.corpbank.com/node/58945
Dena Bank http://www.denabank.com/viewsection.jsp?lang=0&id=0,9,513
IDBI Bank http://www.idbi.com/pdf/corporate-apply-now/Govt-Business/GB_PPF_FORM_A.pdf
Indian Overseas Bank http://www.iob.in/Public_Provident_Scheme.aspx
Punjab National Bank https://www.pnbindia.in/new/Upload/En/ PPF_Application_Form.pdf
State Bank of India https://retail.onlinesbi.com/sbi/downloads/PPF/FORM-A_%20%28PPF%20OPENING%29.pdf
State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur https://www.sbbjbank.com/We-offer/Government-Business1.htm
State Bank of Mysore http://www.statebankofmysore.co.in/deposits/242.html
State Bank of Travancore http://www.statebankoftravancore.com/portal/forms1
Syndicate Bank http://www.syndicatebank.in/scripts/ otherproductsandservices.aspx
UCO Bank https://www.ucobank.com/other-services/ppf-schemes.aspx
Union Bank of India http://www.unionbankofindia.co.in/ personal_govt_ppfund.aspx
United Bank of India http://oldwebsite.unitedbankofindia.com/english/PPF.aspx
Vijaya Bank http://www.vijayabank.com/Merchant-Banking/Public-Provident-Fund

Apart from PSU banks two private banks also provide the facility to open a PPF account with them.

List of private banks offering PPF account

Bank Name PPF Form download URL
ICICI Bank http://www.icicibank.com/Personal-Banking/investments/ppf/ppf-forms.page
Axis Bank http://www.axisbank.com/download/Form-A-AOF.pdf

Please note that currently HDFC is not providing the facility to open a PPF account.

PPF account can be opened in a Post office which is double handed and above.

Indian post office PPF account opening form

http://www.indiapost.gov.in/pdfforms/ppfactopening.pdf

Documents required for opening a PPF account

  • Account opening form (Form A).
  • ID Proof (Like PAN card, Driving license, Voter ID, Passport).
  • Address Proof (LikeTelephone bill, Electricity bill, Ration card).
Please check with the bank/post office for the required documents while opening an account.

Nomination for PPF account

The PPF Scheme facilitates nominations of one or more persons to receive the amount standing to the subscriber's credit in case of death. However no nomination(s) is possible in case of minor account.

Points to note -

  • PPF maturity duration is 15 years.
  • Pre-mature closure of a PPF account is permissible only in case of death.
  • Nomination facility is available under PPF.
  • PPF account can be opened with a deposit of Rs. 100 though in a financial year minimum Rs. 500 has to be deposited.

That's all for this topic Where can I open a Public Provident Fund (PPF) account?. If you have any doubt or any suggestions to make please drop a comment. Thanks!


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What is PPF?

The Public Provident Fund is savings-cum-tax-saving instrument in India, introduced by the National Savings Institute of the Ministry of Finance in 1968. PPF offers an investment avenue which provides decent risk free returns coupled with income tax benefits under 80C of Income Tax Act.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Income tax slabs for FY 2015-16

Income tax rates may change every year and it is important to have an idea about the current income tax rates. In this post we'll see the different tax slabs for the current financial year. Please note that the income tax slabs for the FY (Fiscal Year) 2014-15 and FY 2015-16 i.e. AY (Assessment Year) 2015-16 and AY 2016-17 are the same.

Tax payers may be categorized into 2 categories -

  1. Non-business.
  2. Business.

The non-business categories of income tax payers in India are -

  1. Male Individual residents below 60 years of age and HUF.
  2. Female Individual residents below 60 years of age.
  3. Senior Citizen Individual resident who is of the age of 60 years or more but below the age of 80 years at any time during the previous year.
  4. Super Senior Citizen (Individual resident who is of the age of 80 years or more at any time during the previous year.

The business categories of income tax payers in India are -

  1. Co-operative societies.
  2. Firms.
  3. Domestic Companies.
  4. Foreign companies.

Here we'll discuss only about the non-business categories of income tax payers.

Tax slabs for individual residents aged below 60 years and HUF

For individual resident aged below 60 years and HUF rates of income tax are as-

Income Slabs Rates of income tax
Taxable income does not exceed Rs. 2,50,000. Till the income of Rs. 2,50,000 there is no tax so in this case the tax is NIL.
Taxable income is more than Rs. 2,50,000 but does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000. 10% of amount by which the taxable income exceeds Rs. 2,50,000.
Less: Tax credit (under u/s 87A) of Rs. 2,000 available only to resident Individuals having total taxable income upto Rs. 5 lakhs.
Taxable income is more than Rs. 5,00,000 but does not exceed Rs. 10,00,000. Rs. 25,000 + 20% of the amount by which the taxable income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000.
Taxable income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000. Rs. 125,000 + 30% of the amount by which the taxable income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000.

Note that for FY (Fiscal Year) 2014-15 and 2015-16 income tax slabs for males and females are same.

Surcharge on income-tax - If taxable income exceeds one crore rupees, surcharge of 10% is levied on the calculated income tax. In the case of surcharge marginal relief is also applicable if the condition for that is satisfied.

Education Cess - There is also 2% education cess and 1% secondary and higher education cess(total 3%) of the total of income tax and net surcharge.

Tax slabs for a resident senior citizen (who is 60 years or more at any time during the previous year but less than 80 years on the last day of the previous year)

For a resident senior citizen (who is 60 years or more at any time during the previous year but less than 80 years on the last day of the previous year) rates of income tax are as-

Income Slabs Rates of income tax
Where the taxable income does not exceed Rs. 3,00,000. Till the income of Rs. 3,00,000 there is no tax so in this case the tax is NIL.
Taxable income is more than Rs. 3,00,000 but does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000. 10% of the amount by which the taxable income exceeds Rs. 3,00,000.
Less: Tax credit (under u/s 87A) of Rs. 2,000 available only to resident Individuals having total taxable income upto Rs. 5 lakhs.
Taxable income is more than Rs. 5,00,000 but does not exceed Rs. 10,00,000. Rs. 20,000 + 20% of the amount by which the taxable income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000.
Taxable income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000. Rs. 120,000 + 30% of the amount by which the taxable income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000.

Surcharge on income-tax - If taxable income exceeds one crore rupees, surcharge of 10% is levied on the calculated income tax. In the case of surcharge marginal relief is also applicable if the condition for that is satisfied.

Education Cess - There is also 2% education cess and 1% secondary and higher education cess(total 3%) of the total of income tax and net surcharge.

Tax slabs for a resident super senior citizen (who is 80 years or more at any time during the previous year)

For a resident super senior citizen (who is 80 years or more at any time during the previous year) rates of income tax are as-

Income Slabs Rates of income tax
Where the taxable income does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000. Till the income of Rs. 5,00,000 there is no tax so in this case the tax is NIL.
Taxable income is more than Rs. 5,00,000 but does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000. 20% of the amount by which the taxable income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000.
Taxable income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000. Rs. 100,000+ 30% of the amount by which the taxable income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000

Surcharge on income-tax - If taxable income exceeds one crore rupees, surcharge of 10% is levied on the calculated income tax. In the case of surcharge marginal relief is also applicable if the condition for that is satisfied.

Education Cess - There is also 2% education cess and 1% secondary and higher education cess(total 3%) of the total of income tax and net surcharge.

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