80C Savings upto ₹1,50,000

Save Tax via Investments – Section 80C:

Sec 80C limit raised from Rs.1,00,000 to Rs.1,50,000.

This is a change after long gap. So now you have Rs.50,000 more buffer to invest under Sec.80C and get the tax exemption. So you can invest more in tax saving FDs, ELSS, PPF, EPF, home loan principal and buy life insurance.

Section 80 C allows for expense incurred under certain heads or investments made to be deducted from the total income. 100% of the amount invested or Rs.1,50,000, whichever is less, is available as deduction from total income. Below mentioned is the list (not exhaustive) of most popular investments u/s 80C:

>> Life insurance premium paid towards life of self, spouse or any child.

>> Contribution towards statutory provident fund, recognized provident fund, approved superannuation fund.

>> Contribution towards Public Provident Fund Scheme.

>> Any sum deposited in a 10 year or 15 year account under the Post Office Savings Bank

>> Subscription to the NSC (VIII Issue)

>> Subscription to units of mutual fund Equity Linked Savings Scheme notified by the central government.

>> Term Deposit (Fixed Deposit) for 5 years or more with Scheduled Bank.

Protect Yourself and Save Tax – Section 80D

Buy a Health Policy:
Premium paid on health insurance policies is allowed as deduction from total income, within the limits specified by section 80D. Deduction is available up to Rs. 15,000 in other cases for insurance of self, spouse and dependent children. Additionally, a deduction for insurance of parents (father or mother or both) is available to the extent of Rs. 20,000 if parents are senior Citizen and Rs. 15,000 in other cases. Therefore, the maximum deduction available under this section is to the extent of Rs. 40,000.

Now you might be wondering, if your employer provides you a medical cover, do you still need a health care policy? Most of us change our employers quite often that may leave us with inadequate medical coverage. It is a good practice to maintain one health policy even if your employer offers a health plan.

Protect your family and save tax:
Most people buy insurance to save on tax and to get some residual retirement income. Infact, it’s not uncommon to find people with multiple LIC policies. Very few of them have the most essential and basic form of insurance, popularly known as term insurance.

An insurance policy is not meant for you. It’s meant for your loved ones and to provide them with a lump sum of money in case something was to happen to you. Get a term insurance policy if you really care for your family. Premium paid towards Term Insurance Plan qualifies for deduction u/s 80C.

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