PPF is among the most popular small saving schemes. Currently, this
scheme offers a return of 8 per cent and has a maturity period of 15
years. It provides regular savings by ensuring that contributions
(which can vary from Rs.500 to Rs.70,000 per year) are made every year.
For efficient "tax saving" there is nothing better than PPF!
But for those who are looking for liquidity, PPF is NOT a good
option. Withdrawals are allowed only after five years from the end of
the financial year in which the “first deposit” is made.
PPF does not provide any regular income and only provides for
accumulation of interest over a 15-year period, and the lump-sum
amount (principal + interest) is payable on maturity.
The lump-sum amount that you receive on maturity (at the end of 15
years) is completely tax-free!! One can deposit up-to Rs 70,000 per
year in the PPF account and this money will also not be taxed and be
removed from your taxable income.
If you are relatively young and have time on your side, then PPF is for you.
A PPF account can be opened with a minimum deposit of Rs.100 at any branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) or branches of it's associated banks like the State Bank of Mysore or Hyderabad. The account can also be opened at the branches of a few nationalised banks, like the Bank of India, Central Bank of India and Bank of Baroda, and at any head post office or general post office.
After opening an account you get a pass book, which will be used as
a record for all your deposits, interest accruals, withdrawals and
However, be warned: you can have only one PPF account in your name. If at any point it is detected that you have two accounts, the second account that you have opened will be closed, and you will be refunded only the principal, not the interest. Again, two adults cannot open a joint account. The account will have to be opened in only one person’s name. Of course, the person who opens an account is free to appoint nominees.
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