It is the time of year when most of people invest in various products to claim the deduction under Income Tax Act. Surprising that most of them choose either bank FD’s or PPF as their first priority for Tax saving although from so many years Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) has emerged as best product for tax saving investments in Indian market.
An Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) is an open-ended Equity Mutual Fund which gives following advantage-
Even when markets were negative, ELSS has given fair returns with double tax exemption, not only you can claim the exemption u/s 80 C but also the gains will be exempt from tax. Lack of awareness and half knowledge is the most prominent reason for the same. Following is the list of Top performing ELSS.
|Tax Saving Scheme||Fund Return %||Rank|
|Axis Long Term Equity Fund||25.6||1|
|SBI Tax Advantage Sr-2 (G)||24.6||2|
|ABSL Tax Relief ‘96-Direct G Relief 96||24.4||3|
|ICICI PRU Right Fund -G||23.8||4|
|Invesco India Tax Plan- DP (G)||23.6||5|
|IDFC Tax Adv.( ELSS)-Direct (G)||23.4||6|
|ABSL Tax Relief-96 (G)||23.3||7|
|Escort Tax Plan-(G)||23.1||8|
|ABSL Tax Plan -(G)||22.6||9|
|IDFC Tax Advantage (ELSS)-RP (G)||22||10|
Now you can see the difference in return of FD and PPF and ELSS. According to most of the experts in the street ELSS is still the best option to make 80C investments as steep fall in the prices of crude will work as a boon for India. Indian markets will continue to perform robustly.
Points to remember while choosing an appropriate ELSS
You must always remember to do thorough research when you invest in an ELSS fund. You must look at the long term performance of the fund before putting your money in it. Also remember to look at the fund details like the fund manager’s investment approach, portfolio of the fund, the expense ratio of the fund and how volatile the fund has been in the past.
Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully.
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(Republished with Amendments on 25.06.2018)