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 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.
I just opened a Fixed Deposit with ICICI BANK and have not done any survey on this. I am account holder with them so it was easy to do FD account even they are providing 7% interest rate. The process is very user friendly and never faced any hassle. I could access this account via online.
In post office rate of interest is higher for the fixed deposit when compared to the bank, I invested Rs. 5000 on monthly basis its comes in a year Rs. 60,000 after 5 years I got Rs. 3.75,000 I got Rs. 75,000 extra. The service is not comfortable if we have any relative who working there it would supportive or else difficult.
I have FD with SBI, I have opt for one year term there is no such limitation for depositing the money. The interest rate is good for the FD, the online banking is convenient to take liquidity. They resolve the queries on time. Its most safe and secured.
I have selected state bnak of indis fixed deposit amount 1 lakhs , Tenure 5 years and Rate of interest 8 percentage after renewal fixed deposit 6 percentage is very less .while document directly bank . Customer service is not good and responsive.
I activated FD account with Kotak, I have been maintaining this account since when I opened saving account, I converted Rs. 5000 for one year. They are providing interest around 7.6% per annum, the online netbanking and mobile app is very convenient for deposit to FD.
I have invested my FD with ICICI BANK and also have a 3in1 account with them. The interest rate is pretty good. Recently started before 6months, I can do premature withdrawal and also have selected a locking period of 3 years. The customer service is good and overall am satisfied with this bank.
My Post office branch is located in own campus hence there is no queue. I opened the fixed deposit, I made one time investment for five years its has tax exemption. They are providing 7% of interest for per annum. I believe it has online access as well.
Chosen my fixed deposit from State bank of India. I have invested the money of Rs. 57000 and SBI is a most popular bank all over the India and offering all the facilities compared to bank. Since i have a salary account with them, its easy to transfer the money. They are providing the interest rate of 6.5%.
Union of India fixed deposit is same as other investment. Being an existing customer I have opt for one year of fd, the online banking feature is good to open and closing the account, they was no charges for the liquidity of fund before the maturity.
Chosen my fixed deposit from state bank of India because the given rate of interest is high. They are not deducting any service charges. I have invested the money of Rs. 1 lakhs and there is no lockin period and i have chosen the plan for 1 year and they are giving a interest rate of 6.75%.