What is National Savings Certificate?

National Savings Certificate (NSC) is an Investment alternative developed by Government of India with an intention to induce persons to a saving habit and to develop National Savings. National Savings Certificate is issued through Post Offices; they are the nodal agency which makes it available to the common public.

National Saving Certificates in India is ranked as ‘highly secured’ in the class of Investments. It is an Investment’ which has Tax Advantage while (i) Investing, (ii) during the life and (iii) at the time of maturity of the Investment.

Limit for Investment in NSC

There is no Limit for Investment in NSC.

Tax treatment of NSC Investment and Interest on NSC

Deposits up to Rs. 1.50 lakh in NSC qualify for Deduction Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. Accrued interest on NSC also qualifies for deduction u/s. 80C.

NSC interest is taxable. However, as it is a cumulative scheme (e.g. interest is not paid to the investor but instead accumulates in the account), each year’s interest is considered reinvested in the NSC. Since it is deemed reinvested, it qualifies for a fresh deduction under Sec 80C, thereby making it tax-free. Only the final year’s interest, when the NSC matures, does not receive a tax deduction as it does not get reinvested, but is paid back to the investor along with the interest of the earlier years and the capital amount.

What you must ensure in respect of NSC while filing Income Tax Return

To benefit from this feature of reinvested interest and its deduction, it is important to declare the accrued interest on NSC on a yearly basis in your tax return under the head Income from Other Sources”. Under deductions, you will claim accrued interest for all the years except the last year under Sec 80C as reinvested NSC interest. Both cancel each other out, making the interest in effect tax-free.

Non-Resident Cannot Invest in NSC

Non-Resident Indians are not eligible to purchase the National Savings Certificates.

Denominations in which NSC certificates shall be issued

The National Savings Certificates (IX Issue) shall be issued in denominations of Rs. 100, Rs. 500, Rs. 1000, Rs. 5000, Rs. 10000.

Can NSC be Purchased Jointly and on behalf of minor

Types of Certificates and Issue thereof,—

(1)  The certificates shall be of the following types, namely:—

(a)  Single Holder Type certificates;

(b)  Joint ‘A’ Type Certificates; and

(c)  Joint ‘B’ Type Certificates;

(2)  (a)  A Single Holder Type certificate may be issued to an adult for himself or on behalf of a minor or to a minor;

(b)  A Joint A Type certificate may be issued jointly to two adults payable to both the holders jointly or to the survivor,

(c)  A Joint ‘B’ Type certificate may be issued jointly to two adults payable to either of the holders or to the survivor;

Where to Purchase NSC

National Savings Certificates (NSC) are certificates issued by Department of the post, Government of India and are available at most post offices in the country. This Certificate can be transferred from a post office where it is registered to any other post office and it can be pledged as a security.

Main Features of  NSC VIII Issue

  • Scheme specially designed for Government employees, Businessmen and other salaried classes who are Income Tax assesses.
  • No maximum limit for investment.
  • No Tax deduction at source.
  • Certificates can be kept as collateral security to get the loan from banks.
  • Investment up to INR 1,50,000/- per annum qualifies for IT Rebate under section 80C of Income Tax Act.
  • Trust and HUF cannot invest.

Main Features of  NSC IX Issue

  • No maximum limit for investment. Minimum Investment Rs. 100
  • Available in denominations of INR. 100/-, 500/-, 1000/-, 5000/- & INR. 10,000/-.
  • A single holder type certificate can be purchased by an adult for himself or on behalf of a minor or to a minor.

Buy National Savings Certificates (NSCs) every month – Re-invest on maturity and relax – On retirement, it will fetch you monthly pension as the NSC matures.

(Republished with Amendments)

Source- Indian Post
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60 responses to “All about NSC and Tax Benefit”

  1. Rudra Prasan Behera says:

    I had invested in NSC INR 1,70,000 in the year 2013 & got the matured amount of INR 258014 this year.So the interest amount is INR 88,000. Now since the last 5 years, I have not shown under 80C “Interest on NSC”. But presently, I want to show my interest on NSC(INR 88000) under my income. Then kindly suggest me , how can I do that.


    I got a Policy of amount sum assured 5 lakh for the term of 10 years ,risk covering from 3Feb 2012 .Its installment premium amount was Rs 25,000 annually i.e.,i paid RS 25,000 x 4 =1,00,000. This policy was continued from 2012 -2016 i.e ., 4 years ,but due to some financial problems policy was lapsed ,terminated and refunded behalf of my policy as on FEB 2017,the refunded amount was Rs 1,01,600 in my savings bank joint account, mode of operation either or survivor.Due to mistake i/we didn\\\\'t mentioned this amount in assessment year 2017-2018,can i mention the afore discussed amount is assessment year 2018-2019. In case if i have to pay the TAX,which amount is TAX payable 1,01,600 or 1,600 ???? Please sort out my QUERY ! ! ! **WITH LOTS OF REGARDS**

  3. Ravish Shah says:

    Can I be eligible for a tax deduction if my father is invested in NSC on my name?If the amount was debited from the name of mine.. then am I eligible?

  4. vijay mohan rao says:

    please give me clarification,i am a tax assesee, can i purchase NSC on my wive name and produce for under Sec 80 C.

  5. S.Krishnamoorthy says:

    Whether accrued interest taxable?

  6. Sunny says:

    If some one has already invested the complete 1.5lac U/S 80c for NSC, then in that case can we declare NSC interest U/S 80C and get benefit of the same.
    Or it will be taxable as the limit of 1.5 lac U/S 80c is fully utilised ?

    • K.Srinivasa Murthy says:

      I too got the same doubt . I purchased NSC s for Rs 1.50 lakhs.and deducted the amount from my total income under 80 c . The interest earned is not taxable (except for the last year ) as it is treated as reinvested .But we have to show it as income and claim deduction .Is it allowed as the maximum limit
      of Rs 1.50 lakhs under 80c is already utilised in the same year?

      • Kanhaiya Chaudhary says:

        NSC Interest would be taxable if you have invested in 80C upto Rs. 150000.00

      • Shailesh says:

        One has to calculate interest for each year, which increases every year due to reinvestment of interest. You may get interest table for each year. This interest is to be added into your income and then claim under 80C upto Rs.1.5 lakh, as on today.

  7. Pritam says:

    If i would buy nsc for sum of 150000 /- for once , can i claim tax deduction of upti 150000/- every year

  8. PAWAN KUMAR says:

    I invested in NSC in 2015, of 5 year duration. will i get the benefit under section 80C till maturity also want to know that after maturity i can show the total amount (earned Interest) in head income from other sources instead of every year.

    pls reply asap.

    • Kanhaiya Chaudhary says:

      1st year you can take the deduction of invested amount in NSC and rest four you can take the deduction of interest part only and last year you will not get the deduction of interest also

      in short you can take the benefit of nsc interest only for 4 year

      • Leelanand Kumar says:

        it is a re- invested process.. so my initial investment and along with interest earned at the 2nd year also eligible for tax benefit?

  9. uma says:

    hi, can u explain this text in detail ( with example, if possible) “Buy National Savings Certificates (NSCs) every month for Five years – Re-invest on maturity and relax – On retirement, it will fetch you monthly pension as the NSC matures.”

    • sreenivasulu says:

      suppose first year you invested some 1,00,000/-
      Assume interest rate is 9.5%
      then at the end of first year total is 1,09,500/-
      so, 2nd year your investment is 1,09,500/-

  10. Vijay Sharma says:

    NSC purchase in wife name can give tax benefit, as per our payroll team saying only given benifit of tax if NSC name of Taxpayer

  11. mlarora_53@yahoo.co.in says:

    Thanks for the information. It shall be better if you could give us the table for interest to be taken for exemption and investment under sec. 80C.

  12. Rajeev Ranjan says:

    NSC purchase in wife name can give tax benefit.

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