How To Kickstart Investments & Tax Savings For 2018-19

By Adhil Shetty | April 2, 2018

Let’s take stock of the new tax norms and take a look at tax-saving options for the new financial year.

How To Kickstart Investments & Tax Savings For 2018-19

With the beginning of a new financial year, new income tax rules will kick in. These changes are not rocket science. They are fairly easy to follow. So let’s take stock of how these new rules will impact your money decisions, and what tax-saving options exist for you.

10% Tax on LTCG Gains

A move that dampened investor spirit, we heard the announcement of a 10% tax on Long-Term Capital Gains exceeding Rs. 1,00,000 on equity investments such as stocks and equity mutual funds. However, this new tax need not worry you. Most small investors can beat this rule by booking profits before they hit the Rs. 1,00,000 limit. Continue to invest in ELSS mutual funds, which not only help you save taxes up to Rs. 1.5 lakh under Section 80C, but also help you create wealth in the long term. Not just that, you can also consider investing in Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) wherein your maturity benefit would be completely tax-free in your hands under Section 10(10D). Despite the new tax, equity continues to be more tax-efficient than many other forms of investment.

Standard Deduction Of Rs. 40,000

You’ll no longer need to collect medical bills to claim reimbursements. The earlier headers of conveyance (Rs. 19,200) and medical reimbursements (Rs. 15,000) have been scrapped. What you have now is one standard deduction of Rs. 40,000 that you get, no questions asked. How big a difference this makes to your take-home pay remains to be seen though.

More Tax-Free Interest Income For Senior Citizens

Interest income of up to Rs. 50,000 is now tax-exempt for senior citizens. The exemption for others remains the same at Rs. 10,000. For senior citizens, this provides a good incentive to buy more fixed income instruments such as bank deposits and Senior Citizen Savings Scheme.

Buy More Health Insurance For Senior Citizens

Senior citizens can now claim up to Rs. 50,000 in deductions under Section 80D for premiums paid towards health insurance. This is up from the earlier Rs. 30,000. This means that not only can senior citizens claim higher deductions, taxpayers who’re not above the age of 60 can also claim the same deduction by buying health insurance for their senior citizen parents.

As always, invest adequately towards 80C and 80D by buying a mix of life insurance, health insurance, PPF, ELSS, Sukanya Samriddhi, five-year deposits, and NSC as per your needs.

The writer is CEO, BankBazaar.com

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Adhil Shetty

About Adhil Shetty

Adhil Shetty is the Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of BankBazaar.com. Adhil has a Master’s degree in International Relations with a specialization in International Finance and Business from Columbia University in the City of New York, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University. Adhil is an expert in Personal Finance (Car loan/Home loan and personal loan) and he majorly consults on investment and spends rationalization for the Indian loan borrowers. His guidance is number based with real time interest rate calculations and hence useful for consumer’s real time query.

2 thoughts on “How To Kickstart Investments & Tax Savings For 2018-19

  1. AvatarDr

    It is not clear for tax free interest of Rs 50,000/- for senior citizen, whether investment has to be made in fixed deposits for Sr Citizen in Banks or some other specified deposits. Please clarify. Also clarify whether the Rs 10,000/- interest income from bank balance in S.B. accounts can be claimed as tax free income if the interest incom of Rs 50,000/- interst cited earlier is claimed as tax free income. Indicate which are the organizations in which fixed deposits may be placed for tax free income of Rs 50,000/- for Sr Citizen.

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    1. AvatarTeam BankBazaar

      Hi Dr,

      The overall limit for claiming interest from deposits is Rs. 50,000. You can invest in any bank or post office deposit to claim this exemption.

      Cheers,
      Team BankBazaar

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