Bank Fixed Deposits vs RD vs other deposits! Know these income tax rules that may take away your money
Bank deposits, especially Fixed Deposits (FD) and Recurring Deposits (RD) are one of the most popular short-term investment tools among earning individuals.
Bank deposits, especially Fixed Deposits (FD) and Recurring Deposits (RD) are one of the most popular short-term investment tools among earning individuals. According to tax and investment experts, these bank deposit tools help investors reap higher than bank savings account interest rates and if invested for more than five years, one can claim income tax benefits as well.
However, this income tax benefit is allowed on investment only, not on the interest earned beyond Rs 40,000 in particular financial year. Apart from this, if an investor has invested in the name of a dependent wife or children, then they won't get income tax benefit on the investment even when the RD or FD is for more than five years.
Raising the alarm bell for bank depositors who invest money in tax-saving bank fixed deposits, SEBI registered tax and investment expert Manikaran Singhal said, "Investing in tax-saving bank deposits in the name of dependent family members like wife or child is useless. By doing this, the investor not only loses the luxury of availing of income tax benefit on investments, it's interest earned gets clubbed with his annual income as well. So, it's better to invest in one's name in the tax-saving bank deposit tools, if the earning individual is the single breadwinner in family."
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Speaking on other income tax outgo rules being levied on bank deposits, Kartik Jhaveri, Director — Wealth Management at Transcend said, "According to the 80TT(A) rule, one's interest earned beyond Rs 40,000 in a financial year is subject to 10 per cent TDS deduction. This deduction is applicable after clubbing all kinds of bank deposits that include bank savings account interest, FD and RD interest, etc." Jhaveri said that in the case of Senior Citizen bank depositors, the TDS becomes applicable on interest earned beyond Rs 50,000 per annum. This relaxation is being given to senior citizens under 80TT(B) rule.
He also said that 10 per cent TDS deduction is applicable to those bank depositors who have given their PAN details to bank. In case, there is no PAN details being given to the bank, then the TDS deduction will get doubled to 20 per cent.
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