Creating Wealth while Saving Taxes - Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS)

Published On: 22-Jul-2019

One can indeed minimise their tax burden by utilising various eligible investment options to reduce the tax impact, and one of the most promising avenues therein is the Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS).

Wealth Creation with ELSS

What is ELSS?

ELSS is a category in the mutual fund product basket which allows the investors to reap the multiple benefits of investing. Such funds, with a 3-year lock-in period, are mandated to invest 65% or more of the fund portfolio in equity and equity related instruments. While there are several other investment products eligible for tax deduction under Section 80C, including but not limited to, PPFs, NSC, Tax Savings FDs, etc., ELSS stands out amongst the other tax saving investment options due to its several inherent benefits. While ELSS enables for deduction of up to Rs. 1.50 lakhs on total taxable income each financial year, you can still choose to invest any higher amount in such funds to stay on the course of wealth creation and aim to fulfill your financial goals. 

Key Benefits of investing in an ELSS 

  1. Lowest Lock-in Period amongst the Tax Saving Investment Options 

ELSS carries a lock-in period of 3 years from the date of investment, which is the lowest amongst all the investment options available including bank fixed deposit (5 years), PPF (15 years from the date of account opening), National Savings Certificates (5/10 years) etc. 3 Years of lock-in period in ELSS helps the fund managers to ride upon their conviction in stock picking and it also minimises the risk of market volatility in the short period, thus providing for superior returns.

  1. Wealth Creation

Unlike most of the investment options offering fixed returns on the amounts invested, ELSS provides market linked returns to investors. Since 65% or more of the portfolio is invested in equities, the investors are equipped with the potential of higher returns considering the fact that equity markets have generated superior returns over the long term. 

The investors must also realise that such potential of higher returns are indeed a boon to your portfolio, as it results in a higher corpus over a longer period due to compounding effect. Let us check how much does Rs. 1 lakh invested each year over last 10 years has accumulated in ELSS vis-à-vis other tax saving investment options:
 

Particulars

Tax Saving FD

National Savings Certificates

(NSCs)

Public Provident Fund (PPF)

Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS)

ELSS Category Average

Amount invested over 10 years (Rs. 1 lakh each year on 1st Feb)

Rs. 10.0 lakh

Rs. 10.0 lakh

Rs. 10.0 lakh

Rs. 10.0 lakh

Rs.10.0 lakh

Value of the Portfolio at the end of 10 years

Rs. 15.19 lakh

Rs. 15.85 lakh

Rs. 15.85 lakh

Rs. 16.40 lakh

Rs.21.84 lakh

Returns earned by the Portfolio

Rs. 5.3 lakh

Rs. 5.9 lakh

Rs. 5.9 lakh

Rs. 6.5 lakh

Rs. 9.2 lakh

CAGR Returns over last 10 years - >

7.5%

8.2%

8.2%

8.8%

13.8%

CAGR – Compounded Annualized Growth Rate 

 

Source: SBI, Ministry of Finance, MFI Explorer

Assuming that investments are made on 1st May of each year from May-09 to May-18 in each of the tax savings options. Data as of 30th Apr, 2019.

As such, one would not like to miss such an opportunity to create long term wealth.

  1. Preferential Tax Treatment  

As per the prevailing laws on long term capital gains from equity schemes, any investments that are held for more than 12 month will be considered as long-term capital gains taxed at 10% plus cess. As ELSS too falls in the bracket mentioned above, they enjoy the benefits of relatively lower taxes as compared to the maximum marginal rate of 30% (plus applicable surcharge and cess). Further, there is also an exemption from tax of Rs. 1 lakh towards such gains each year and which means there is possibility of no tax on gains of up to Rs. 1 lakh. 

So, with all such benefits, ELSS is an ideal choice for your tax planning and for your long-term wealth creation over the traditional investment avenues. 

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