Fixed deposits are a great financial instrument for risk-free investment. It is also quite popular with the Indian populace. Fixed deposits are available under various types such as senior citizen FD, tax saving FD, FCNR deposits and so on. Each of the variants offers special benefits to customers and are all available from most banks and large private financial services companies. Fixed deposit schemes double up as both short and long-term investment instruments for customers. General fixed deposits accounts can be opened with a lot of flexibility in terms of maturity and amount of investment.
What are fixed deposits under Section 80C?
Fixed deposit schemes falling under the ambit of the much-popular Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 are commonly known as tax saving fixed deposits. These accounts are offered by most of the major banks and financial companies. Tax saving fixed deposits are at par with other tax saving investment instruments such as Public Provident Funds (PPF), pension plans and National Savings Certificate (NSC), among others. Tax saver fixed deposits are a simple instrument to get deductions up to Rs.1.5 lakhs per year.
The Section 80C of the Income Tax Act offers deductions up to Rs.1.5 lakhs per year to all tax-paying individuals irrespective of their tax bracket. As such, this is a very popular deduction scheme that is used by most of the tax-paying citizens. Section 80C can be used to receive deductions on a number of investments or expenditures such as PPF, NSC, child education fees, infrastructure bonds, pension funds, tax saver fixed deposits, senior citizen savings scheme (SCSS), unit linked insurance plans (ULIP), life insurance premiums, home loan principal and so on. A point to note here is that Section 80C provides cumulative deductions up to Rs.1.5 lakhs per year from all investments in relevant instruments.
Features of tax saving fixed deposits
Tax saving fixed deposits falling under the ambit of Section 80C are packed with features that can help you get more out of your investments. However, there are a few limitations here such as no premature withdrawal and no option to pledge the amount for loans etc. Major features of this type of account are:
Fixed maturity of 5 years.
Minimum investment must be Rs.100. Further investments can be made in multiples of Rs.100 only.
The maximum limit of investments in capped at Rs.1.5 lakhs, which has been revised from Rs.1 lakh previously.
Interest rate will be same as the one quoted to you by the bank or financial institution.
Individuals and Hindu Unified Families (HUF) can open this account.
In case of joint accounts, only the first holder will get tax deductions.
Premature withdrawal is not allowed.
Loans cannot be availed against tax saver fixed deposit accounts.
TDS is deducted on income earned through interests from this account. TDS is charged at 10% p.a. of interests if the account holder has submitted his/her PAN details, else TDS will be charged at 20% p.a.
Tax saver fixed deposits come with a lot of benefits. Major avenues where you could benefit from tax saving fixed deposits are:
Open throughout the year unlike tax free bonds issued by the government which are offered from time to time.
Tax deductions on amount invested up to Rs.1.5 lakhs per year.
Interests paid out on monthly or quarterly basis.
Special rates for senior citizens as per the provider.
Secure investments for the medium term.
Tax saver fixed deposits may not earn you as high as some other tax saving investment avenues such as tax saver mutual funds or insurance policies, but these will ensure that you have a peace of mind when investing your hard-earned savings, and get assured pay-outs at regular intervals.
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I have chosen my fixed deposit scheme from State bank of India because I'm maintaining my salary account with them and they provided rate of interest is fine for me. I have invested the money of Rs. 2.75 lakhs. There is a locking period of 45 days. They are giving interest rate of 4.5%. Overall, I'm satisfied with their services.
I have been investing the money of Rs. 3 lakhs for the fixed deposit. I have selected Kotak mahindra bank for the FD because their net banking facility is very different when i compared to other. I can access everything regarding the account hence its easy to handle the transactions. I'm not sure about the interest rates. 7 months before, i have invested the money.
Its because of the competitive interest rates, i have selected the Fixed deposit in Kotak Mahindra bank. I have invested the fixed deposit 1.5 years ago and there is a lockin period of 5 years. They have invested the amount of Rs. 7.5 % and the employees are helpful in the branch.
I have a Fixed deposit in Axis bank. I have invested the money of Rs. 10000 for two FDs. There is a lockin duration of 1 year. They are giving a interest rate of 7%. Through net banking, i have activated this Fixed deposit. There is no tax benefits available. Axis bank service has been good. Overall, I'm happy about their services.
Since last 15 years, i have a account with Oriental bank of commerce thats the reason i have invested the money in fixed deposit with the same bank. I have invested the amount of Rs. 11 lakhs. They are giving the interest rate of 6.5%. There is no locking period but i have chosen the duration of 1.5 years. There is no additional charges deducted for this fixed deposit.
Interest rate is very low in Indian post office Fixed deposit scheme because they are providing only 8.5%. I have chosen this office because of the child benefits. I have invested the money of Rs. 1.5 years. Its 3 years lock in period. Overall, I'm satisfied with the service provided by post office employees.
I have invested the money in SBI for a fixed deposit and based on my wife recommendation i have chosen it. They are providing the interest rate of 7.25%. They have option to select the lock in period in that i have chosen 5 years. We had visited their branch and the response was good.
Its easy accessible and to redeem so that i have invested the money in Fixed Deposit with HDFC BANK. I have invested the money of Rs. 2.5 lakhs and they have provided me a interest rate of 7.5%. There is no locking period. I didn't got any additional charges till now.
I have paid the money of Rs. 4.5 lakhs as a fixed deposit in the Indian post office. For the safety purpose, i have chosen the post office account. They are offering me a interest rate of 7.9%. There is a lockin period of 5 years. If i withdraw the money in 1 year, they will reduce the interest rate of 2% and after 3 years, its 1%.
Interest rates are less in Central Bank of India so I had taken a fixed deposit. I have invested the money of Rs. 1 lakh in my wife's name. Branch is near from my place so I have chosen this bank. Yearly once, I get the money of Rs. 6,765 for the interest. There is a locking period of 1 year.
I am doing Fixed Deposit with ICICI BANK and its been around 5years. They haven't been paying good interest and its more or less same like other banks as I used to hold my salary account with ICICI, I have decided to be with one bank. There is no locking period and its flexible. They do give good support and the app is user friendly. Even deposit account can be opened through i-mobile or net banking itself.
I had a Fixed Deposit in State Bank of India, I have completed the tenure before 3months ago. I have no issues with the customer service. They are given me 7% interest rate for 2years. There is no profit and processing fee. I got an online access, where I can check the interest rate anytime on the YONO app or else SBI online.
I have invested some money through FD. My salary account is in SBI so i have a zero ATM charges and the limit is not actually set by SBI. They do have short term FDs which is pretty good. I have invested the money of Rs. 60000 and the interest rate is 10.01% for the tenure period of 16 months. There is no lockin period. There is no hassle to getting the money back.
I have invested the money in Dena bank through Fixed deposit and the growth is not that much good. They are not taking any hidden charges. Only because of the Government undertaken bank, i have selected them. They are providing a interest rate of 6% per annum. I have invested the money of Rs. 2 lakhs. There is a lockin period of 1 year.
I have opt for fixed deposit for the tax saving purpose because I have chosen five years tenure with AXIS Bank, still its going on. Only once I Invested my money it has the locking period of five years. I have option to check my transactions through mobile app. But I have concern about the interest rate is very lesser for this FD.
I had fixed deposit with SBI then I withdrawn the amount, I done Rs. 3 lakhs of investment on my daughter name then I taken the liquidity to purchase the land, at the time I struggled a lot to take that money because the process was difficult to withdrawn the money after seven months of tenure.
I had a Fixed Deposit with Union Bank of India and its closed 18 to 19 months due to personal reasons. I am doing investment but my experience is not good with FD account. In my home town, there is no other banks so just decided to go with this bank. The returns are good.
I have one FD with HDFC, I deposited Rs. 1 lakh, I was opt for 45 days of tenure. Finally I got 6.25% of interest for 45 days. It won't cover the tax, if we need tax benefits we should go for five years term. I can track the details through netbanking, on the maturity date the amount credits automatically in the account. Even the notification can customized.
HSBC staff wrongly pre closed my fixed deposit .. and calculated the interest rates wrongly and when asked them for clarification never got back .. even after following up with them repeatedly for more than 3 months.. would highly recommend not using their services.
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A V kumar
Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019
I do have a Fixed deposit account with SBI and it was carried out by Mom and even I have account for my daughter. Its still running and they have Google application separately to access online. The returns are good. I am doing monthly investment and it was opened quite a long may be 4 years.