Public Provident Fund, commonly known as PPF offers an attractive interest of 8%. Read below to understand more about history of PPF , how to open a PPF account, tax benefits with it etc.
History of Public Provident Fund
- PPF was introduced in 1968 by the National Savings Institute of the Ministry of Finance.
- Central Government fully guarantees these deposits.
- Aim of introduction of this scheme was to offer a savings-cum-tax savings investment, to promote small savings by individuals.
What is a PPF Account and how to open it?
- It is a long term investment, with interest of 8% and no taxes on the interest and returns.
- PPF falls under EEE(Exempt, Exempt, Exempt) Category, where the deposits made are exempt under Section 80C and the accumulated interest & amount is also mom taxable.
- Post office and all the nationalized banks are authorized to open PPF account for an individual
- To open a PPF Account you need to submit an application with KYC documents such as an identity proof & address proof.
Features of PPF Account
- Payment more for Deposits – Can be via cash, online trasfer or a cheque
- Only Indian Residents can open a PPF account though an NRI can contribute to his account if it was opened when he was in India.
- PPF is fully guaranteed by Indian Government
- Deposits should be in the range ₹500 to ₹1.5 Lakh – maximum of 12 deposits are allowed in a Financial Year and maximum limit per year is ₹1.5 Lakh
- PPF has a minimum lock in of 15 years and can be increased in blocks of 5 years after that – partial withdrawls can be done after 5th FY
- PPF account can only be opened by an individual and not two people or a group of people.
- Like an insurance, you can have a nominee for a PPF account as well.
- An account holder is eligible to take loan from 3rd FY onward till 6th FY
- Loan amount is capped at 25% of the PPF Balance a year before.
- Rate of interest for Loan is 2% higher than the interest rate on PF account – so loan interest rate will vary as the PPF interest rate varies – but one the loan is taken the loan interest rate is set at that particular rate.
- An individual has to pay off the previous loan(if any) to apply for a new loan against PPF
- Loan has to be returned within 36 months
- Repayment of Loan can be done as a lump sum or some monthly installments
- After the principal amount is paid, the interest can be paid in a maximum of 2 installments
Read here to know about PPF withdrawl in detail.
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